I recently wrote a blog on How to Make a Porch Cozy and meant to post the deck makeover pictures immediately afterwards but life got in the way and the summer time laziness kicked in. I certainly wasn’t lazy during the spring months though. I spent two months painting and staining both the deck and porch to get them ready for the summer.
After our very cold winter this is what my deck and hot tub area looked like. I’m kind of embarrassed to even post this picture because it sure looked awful. The Carolina Star Jasmine vines didn’t make it through the winter. They actually didn’t look healthy when we moved into our house 10 years ago so I was happy to tear them down and start over.
Once the vines were taken down I was able to start the cleaning, prepping and painting projects. I had my son power wash the trellis and the wood around the hot tub. It’s a good idea to really clean the surface prior to painting. It was tedious painting all the trellis slats and involved moving the ladder all around and building a plank to walk across the hot tub cover so I could easily maneuver around to paint.
After two painstaking coats of paint, all my hard work paid off. What a difference a can of paint makes (in my case, 2 cans).
The deck makeover also involved sanding and staining the deck, replacing the hot tub cover, and planting new plants around the hot tub area.
A deck is not complete without an abundance of flower pots. I replenished the trio of pots on the steps and planted my herbs. There is nothing like fresh herbs throughout the summer.
I enjoy setting up the baker’s rack every spring.
Similar to decorating my porch, I created individual seating areas around the deck so there is always a place for someone to sit when we entertain. I usually don’t find what I want at just one store. I bought the chairs at Lowes, the cushions at Pier1 and found this adorable table at our local Garden Supply Nursery.
In addition to working on the deck, we had a fence installed. We also extended the deck makeover project to a yard project where we had a 4′ picket fence installed. We have been wanting a fence for years and finally bit the bullet. It’s such a wonderful improvement for the yard. Not only do our dogs now have a place to run and play, but it made our yard feel bigger (since the pine straw area has now been extended to the property line instead of 2′ back from the edge of the grass) while at the same time the yard feels cozier.
And now Norma finally has a place to call home. I bought her earlier this year from Decor Steals but couldn’t decide on where to hang her until now.
And I can’t forget the lights! Saving the best for last! I found these cool lights at World Market which add a casual and eclectic feel to the deck.
I think this is a good start and will get us through the summer. The budget only allows for so many home improvements each season.
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