head diy Design Fanatic: Sprucing up the Deck

Sunday, April 18, 2010

Sprucing up the Deck

For some reason I prefer to have wood painted. That goes for my deck, as well, so several years ago we painted it with an opaque stain. Last Fall I re-painted the deck again knowing we would be doing a lot of projects in the Spring since we are planning to put our house on the market. 
Well Spring is here and it is time spruce up the deck &  plant some flowers in containers and purchase a new umbrella and some pillows. So many of you have posted your beautifully decorated outdoor spaces & I am envious! If any of you have any low or no cost suggestions, I would appreciate them!

Here is our deck before... boring!
I'm glad the photo doesn't show how ugly the grill looks. Some of the inside parts are falling apart and burning my chicken :( so we bought a new inexpensive one. No more burnt chicken! :)

I found a photo of the deck that I took when I was halfway through painting the deck floor.

I went to Lowe's & purchased a few plants ... arborvitae, begonias, daisies, liriope & potatoe vine. See my laptop on the left part of the photo? Yes, I'm addicted to it!!!

I purchased the umbrella & pillows from Walmart. They have a really nice selection this year. I also put up some round string lights on the deck rail that I purchased at Target.

I love how this planter came out. It will look great when it fills out.

I found the planter at a recent trip to Marshalls.

I might add a few more things to make our deck look pretty as I find them, but I  want to keep the deck looking neat & spacious. 
Hope everyone had a terrific weekend! We worked on 3 other projects that I will show you this week.

Thanks for stopping by,


Linking up with  Between Naps on the Porch for Metamorphosis Monday 
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  1. Love what you did with your flower basket! CUTE CUTE!

  2. This looks so great! I really need to do something to my deck! Enjoy the rest of your weekend! ~andrea

  3. Pam, your deck looks a lot better than mine. Ours isn't that big and needs some work. I love your baskets hanging on the rails. Where did you get those. The metal pattern on them is really pretty. I also need to purchase an umbrella. Your grill looks like ours and it needs some new parts. The racks are all rusty. Lots of work yet to be done.

  4. Pam, I love your yard! Never knew you had that many trees either!~ I really love how your planters turned out too, I am getting ready to redo mine this week, you inspired me:)

  5. Pam, what a festive mosaic. You could use this for an invitation to a party on your deck. Invite me!

  6. Now you have just inspired me to do a bit of clean up and prettying up on our deck. We spend farm more time on the front porch and I think a few flowers in pots on the deck would draw us to the back of the house.

    Great mosaic!
    The Blue Ridge Gal

  7. Pam-This looks great. You have a great selection of plants for your planters! This looks like a great place to enjoy the outdoors or entertain.

  8. You made a really comfy and colourful place to enjoy life. Valerie

  9. looks fab now with your planters...you're so artistic!

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  10. Very nice job, I love the punches of color you have added! Cindy

  11. Your deck is beautiful. I love all the color. I would love to have you stop by this week for my Bring in the Spring party.

  12. Your patio is very pretty and relaxing, Pam. Love the window planter!...Christine

  13. Everything looks great! What a difference plants and flowers can make in a space.

    We will be putting our home on the market hopefully by summer. It's alot of work isn't it!?!

  14. Love your deck and your flower basket. Wonderful color.

  15. What a great spot to wile away a spring or summer afternoon - lovely!


  16. You've done a beautiful job of brightening your deck area! I love the hanging basket on your railing & would love to find something similar, as I have 2 that sit flat that would match it. Do you remember where you found yours that attaches to the rail??

  17. Your deck looks fantastic! I too like my wood painted.

  18. It looks great! I know the home shoppers will like it.

  19. I too am a paint the deck person!! I used an opaque really dark brown last summer. I just cannot live with the natural wood color especially when it turns grey. Love what you did!! I love that color and I bet it never looks dirty! THe only problem I have with the dark is that it shows dirt. Love the plants too. I have not gotten that far yet but in a couple weeks I'll set something outside!!

  20. Oh your deck looks like it is ready for a party! Very pretty!


  21. Very inviting! That should have buyers thinking of the parties they can host.

  22. Oh that looks wonderful! What a great job you did! Thanks so much for sharing your makeover on MM. :)

  23. It's gorgeous out there! I have a few of those hanging planters and always enjoy them. Mine are in the shade so this year I'm trying ferns. Be sure to show pictures as the season passes. I'd love to see your pots all filled in.

  24. How beautiful! And the red watering can really MAKES the space. We have a "standard" deck that I really need to beautify. Thanks for the inspiration!

  25. It's beautiful! What a gorgeous transformation! Great job! :)

    Thanks for sharing in the Project Parade!


  26. Love your deck! We need to do something to ours...never thought about an opaque stain! Thank you for the idea!


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