If you’re looking to do a refresh of your home’s look, you’re probably dreaming of the perfect kitchen or maybe a deck or gazebo out back for entertaining. Here’s how to use Southern Yellow Pine (SYP) to make all your design dreams come true.

Why Southern Yellow Pine?

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First of all, Southern Yellow Pine is grown right here in the United States. This helps American workers and business owners. However, that’s certainly not the only reason to use it. SYP is strong making it an excellent choice for many outdoor projects. It’s also beautiful with lots of character and grain patterns. This means it will look gorgeous inside your home as well. Here are a few ways you might want to add some SYP to your home.

Indoor Projects

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One obvious indoor project for SYP is replacing your flooring with a new wood version. SYP is perfect for this because it’s durable enough to stand up to the foot traffic your family can throw at it. You can stain it any shade you like, just be sure to finish it off with a good polyurethane coating to protect it from moisture and those muddy dog prints.

Accent wall from The Rustic Collection.

If you’re looking for something a little different, SYP also makes a lovely accent wall in a family room, den or even the kitchen. Consider orienting it horizontally for a different take on traditional wood paneling. Using different size pieces and staggering them offers a fun look. You can even pre-stain each piece before installation for an easier project. If you use different shades for a variegated look, make sure the colors complement each other and plan out where each one will go to obtain a cohesive look.

Other indoor SYP projects include:

  • Kitchen Counter Tops
  • Adding a kitchen island
  • Making furniture
  • Dog steps

Outdoor Projects

Using SYP to build your outdoor deck is the way to go for sure. It’s beautiful and holds up wonderfully in any kind of weather as long as you treat it right. Just inspect  and do any necessary staining or sealing it needs every spring. No matter what kind of deck you should always make sure  sure none of the bolts have come loose and none of the surface is showing wear and you’re good to go.

Southern Yellow Pine deck

Of course, there’s so much more you can do outdoors with Southern Yellow Pine. A playset is a great family project, just be sure your design is safe before you start and that you use pressure treated lumber. You can also use it to build your own patio furniture. It makes a great table or even a storage bench for your pool gear. A front porch swing is a welcome addition to your front door area and does wonders for the curb appeal of your home. Speaking of your front door area, framing your doorway in SYP adds a touch of class and elegance to welcome visitors.

Other outdoor uses for SYP:

  • Pergolas
  • Gazebos
  • Sheds
  • Outdoor kitchen cabinets
  • Pool railings

Whether you’re planning an indoor or outdoor renovation, Southern Yellow Pine is a versatile medium you can use just about anywhere. Let us show you how with free building plans and designs that will help bring your vision to life.

(Images via Shutterstock, via Wood. It’s Real., via The Rustic Collection)