What an amazing month this has been! This deck refresh project has been so much fun! In the past 30 days I was able to to take my deck from dinky and drab to large and fab! With extending our D.I.Y platform deck out four feet, I was able to add separate zones for dining, lounging and entertaining all in 168 square feet! I am so thrilled to share with you my reveal! And as in most reveals, this post will have heavy picture overload, so I hope you enjoy! This post contains affiliate links. Should you click on them and make a purchase, I will receive a small commission at no cost to you.
No reveal is complete without before pictures:
Our deck before was 10 x 12 and was cluttered with a hodge-podge of thrifted furniture with no real rhyme or reason. As much as I love my neutrals, I was craving COLOR! I needed to bring this yard to life!
With a toddler running through the house like the Tasmanian devil, I now spend MUCH more time outdoors.
My main goal was to create a space that was comfortable for us all, inviting when we have company and also pleasing to my eye. An oasis. A place I wanted to spend time in.
Green. Greenery was a must for me! I love, love, love plants. I love to be surrounded by them. In this pot I planted green beans because I love their hearty foliage. Along with the green beans, there is salvia, a little impatients and hosta.
One of my favorite ways to bulk up containers is to split my hosta plants in the spring and place them all around the yard. They’re full, free and best of all they’re perennials, so I get to enjoy them year after year!
An umbrella was a must, and this Better Homes & Gardens 9′ Market Umbrella, Cabana Stripe – Walmart.com was a no brainer with its contrasting stripes and $50 price tag.
My DIY bar/grill cart was definitely a necessity.
It has proven to be so useful for entertaining, it’s not perfect, lol, but it definitely serves its purpose, I absolutely love it.
One of my favorite beverages to enjoy on a hot summer day is fruit-infused water or seltzer.
Strawberries, cucumbers, lemon, lime and mint combined is so refreshing! Peaches and pineapples are good too 😉 But really, the possibilities are endless!
If you follow me on Instagram, I shared how I took this thrift store rattan stool and added a round glass top to make a cute little coffee table for the space.
When we want to have an intimate meal al fresco, we can easily move the “coffee table” out and slide the smaller dining table in to create a cute little dining nook.
I went a little crazy with the throw pillows, but, luckily, I have lots of storage space under the diy bench seating to store them during inclement weather.
Painting and adding the privacy panels to the old picket fence helped to modernize and provide a much sleeker look.
Adding a vertical herb garden serves 2 purposes, it’s pretty to look at for “wall decor” and it makes it much easier to snip individual herbs without having to worry about overcrowding in a garden bed.
I purchased this little bamboo stool at a yard sale for $3, and I am completely embracing its imperfections, besides, perfection is overrated! (especially when you have 4 children 😉 )
I also didn’t want to spend a lot (surprise, surprise) on an outdoor area rug, but certainly felt the need for one. I bought this inexpensive NXT-GEN Large Quatrefoil Olefin Area Rug – Walmart.comfrom Walmart and flipped it over. The texture of the underside of this rug is very similar to that of an outdoor rug so I figured I would give it a try, and if it didn’t work out, I won’t really lose a huge investment. So far, it’s gone through three heavy rainstorms, not to mention my daily plant watering, and a few family gatherings and it’s holding up wonderfully!
I will post a night time tour soon, because I need you all to see the awesome ambiance that the string lights provide!
What a blast this was, and I am absolutely in love with my deck! And to think, I almost didn’t participate this time around! I want to give a huge Thank You to Alaya from Behind The Big Green Door for hosting this fun challenge. I hope you all enjoyed the tour!