The time has finally come here in Ohio where the weather cooperates enough that we can start planning some outdoor enjoyment! After looking at nothing but snow for the last 6 months, we are certainly ALL ready for some outside living to take place! I had one problem...after all that snow melted my back yard deck was looking pretty sad. I had a vision in my head and I needed just a few things to make it come to life. Here I will share with you the first phase of my little remodel!
As I said, the deck was looking pretty scary and certainly not a place I wanted to relax. Here is the dreaded before shots.
Faded and peeling wood seemed to be the recurring theme, hey at least I knew where I needed to begin! I started by having my ever helpful husband, power wash the deck to remove all the old traces of stain. I went to Home Depot with no idea what product I wanted to use, but like usual, I'm working with a budget so cost factor really came into play. I decided on Behr Porch and Floor paint in Slate Gray. Based upon my square footage, I would need 3 gallons at $27.98 each plus a $5 per can mail in rebate, making the total $68.94. Not a drop in the bucket, but certainly more cost effective than replacing it all!
I'm making some progress! It took me 2 days to paint the floor and all the railings and my hand was shaped into an ugly claw when I was done...but it was well worth the effort. The gray looked so much brighter, fresher and newer! First mission accomplished!
I knew I wanted to add the farmhouse table my hubby made me for Mother's Day to this space and my vision had it sitting on a navy and white, large striped, 8x10 rug. Well all rugs in existence that fit that description cost more than this whole project was supposed to cost! So thinking outside the box, I came up with a free rug solution! Here is the table and bench, before I finished it.
We used the plans from Shanty2Chic and couldn't be happier with the final results!
I taped off an 8x10 foot area and added stripes inside with more tape to create even spaces. Like this...
You first have to tape off all the stripes for the first color, in my case the dark charcoal, fill them in with paint, every other.
Remove the tape for the first set of stripes and re-tape your lines for the second set of stripes in your lighter color. If you want to ensure no leak through, give the tape a "seal" of the darker color first, that way if any color is going to seep through, it will be the matching color.
After the tape has been removed and the paint is all dry, I am left with the wide striped area rug I was wishing for, for FREE!
As I said, I used leftover paint from inside projects, this was not paint made for the outdoors. I fully expect to have touch ups and I'm ok with that! If you are not, please be sure to use paint that is intended for porch and floor.
We're already looking 100x better than the before pic, but now it's time for the fun part...styling! I had previously finished the farmhouse table using a mix of the same colors I used for the rug and sealed it with Behr Transparent, waterproofing wood finish.
After I found these chairs and pillows at Marshall's, I for sure had the summer time, nautical bug and decided to roll with it!
Don't forget these plates here are available in my shop so you can use them to recreate your perfect outdoor space!
It was slightly windy so I had a hard time getting a shot without all the napkins blowing in the breeze!
The glasses used here are all vintage milk glass and the pop of white gives the right added touch!
I made the "Gather" sign and think it gives the perfect call for the deck now. It's absolutely a place to gather with family and friends!
The red,gingham checked plates I found at Marshall's and they look perfect paired with plastic, disposable plates as chargers! This is a great way to get the look for less. The smaller, dessert size plates are more affordable so by pairing them with the "fancy" plastic I've saved money but without sacrificing style!
I even went with paper napkins to save money, and lets face it, time! Who would rather just throw the napkins away verses washing, drying and ironing them! I know I would, especially for an outdoor meal and when my time is better spent at the pool!
I am definitely happy with how phase one of the deck makeover has turned out!
Phase two will consist of adding some privacy (we live on a corner lot) by creating "walls" using pvc piping and painters drop cloth canvas. I also think this will add the last missing touch of coziness! I'm impatiently waiting the rain to go away as well as 1" floor flanges on order to complete this part. Maybe you'll be more patient than me for the final results! I'll be sure to post them when I'm finished!