I am super excited to show you our styled up deck! For the last couple weeks, you and I have been hand-holding on this journey to make the space more livable, more beautiful and just plain safer for the kiddos and I am thrilled to say we are at the end! I can’t wait to show you these makeover photos! Seriously. If you hear a giant thud and there is no more words to this post….call my neighbors because I am on the floor passed out from excitement! I named the journey “The Deck Diaries” and just like in a personal journal, I told you the good, the bad and the ugly of our deck process. There was stain flying out of the bucket, frustration, sleepless nights, really tall ladders and gross flying deck sludge….but it was all completely worth it because now we have a space that our whole family can enjoy.
If you are new to Bower Power, let me tell ya….this space was completely neglected and unusable. We had broken balusters, warped and splintery boards and absolutely no style in this space. Oh and the dirt. It was crazy dirty. The rest of our exterior is looking mighty fine but this was like a complete eyesore on the back of our house. Not only that but we couldn’t even use it because of the three little kids we have that would get a shard in their foot every time they walked on it. And of course, I was terrified that they would fall off the two story structure and plummet to their death. (if you are new here, this is my brain. It’s not pretty. I have a flair for the dramatic and tend to exaggerate to the maximum extreme. You call it a splinter, I call it shrapnel of death.)
Something had to be done. We decided this was the year to give the space an overhaul and when Home Depot decided to pitch in a patio set, it was just the motivation we needed to, as they say here in the south, git-er-dun.
It’s not an illusion…the deck boards were different colors…and the railing was a different material altogether.
After we pressure washed the deck, we then added a bunch of wood for safety and for aesthetics, built a baby gate and then we sanded and stained. The process was long mostly due to the weather but well worth the effort and when it was ready for the patio set, I did a happy dance for a solid three minutes. And that is a lot of aerobic activity for this third trimester mama!
The plan was fairly simple….stain the wood, get a new rug, put in the patio set, add some tall planters and then add some style in the form of art and pillows.
This is how the space turned out…..
I know, right?! I’m like this all day, every day….
and maybe a little of this….
Perfectly normal behavior….for me.
We began the process by picking out the patio set first. We already have a long table down under the deck and this chat table seemed like the perfect size and perfect compromise. We could still eat dinner on it but when we have guests and appetizers, it feels more like a conversation area vs. a dining room. Plus if the kids need help, it doesn’t require my go-go-gadget arms.
We were pleasantly surprised that the top is a smoky gray color. We expected clear glass but this is way better because you can’s see any crumbs on the floor below and it hides dirt better too.
The color scheme was blues and greens and grays. We wanted to bring lots of green in with the plants and these tall DIY planters were the perfect way to get more life on the deck. Here is the tutorial if you wanna build some of your own.
In the corner of the deck we had this little space that we wanted to utilize as an extra serving area. Before there was nothing there so we built some custom nesting tables and added some ‘art’ and other items to make it a little bar area that is perfect for stacking those extra items whenever you are entertaining.
The little spot is great too for drinks or extra pillows or blankets. I also think it will be wonderful when it comes time for those summer nights when we have citronella candles and bugspray. High spots like this are so helpful for the moms that need something out of reach and still accessible!
The art up above the tables was really easy to make. I can’t wait to share with you a tutorial!
And did you see that elephant? It was a thrift store find that I bought literally on the spot….I didn’t wait, I didn’t stand in line with my other items….I headed straight for checkout and brought him home.
This is what he looked like before his makeover with spray paint.
We have had so much rain in Atlanta, we haven’t yet gotten to use the space like we want but we did get to enjoy a bit of pound cake and fruit as a dessert one night after dinner. The boys LOVE it. And it does feel homey with the pillows and the blankets. Generally speaking, we keep those inside but our cushions have been living out there full time and they still look new. Here are some more pics….
One more time with that before and after, shall we?!
A very special thanks to Home Depot for the motivation and the patio set for this makeover. And for more pics and more info about this space…you can check out the post I wrote for their blog The Apron.
Product Sources –
Tall Planters – Tutorial HERE (stained Rustoleum Weathered Gray, plants are sun ferns)
Monogram Wall Art – Tutorial coming soon! (stained Cordovan Brown, moss from backyard, metal letter B – Hobby Lobby)
Nesting Tables – Tutorial coming soon! (paint colors – untinted white and Martha Stewarts Kerry Blue Terrier)
Elephant – thrift store find spray painted Rustoleum white in satin
Green blanket – Pier 1 Imports
Brown basket – thrift store
Fur blanket – Target
Antlers – West Elm
House paint color – Sherwin Williams Pavestone at 200% darkness
Deck stain color – Cordovan Brown semi-transparent Behr stain
Now let’s get back to that celebratory dance! But first…stretching is necessary….and maybe a little drink….at least I have the perfect spot to rest after my workout 🙂
Update : Looking for more info on something you see in our house? We have a Shop the Bower House page with paint colors and links to accessories, furniture and decor!