I know that sometimes all you see is the pretty.
Well get ready for some ugly…really ugly…
This is how our deck looked before I finally got out there and cleaned it up!
Seriously, how does it end up like this?
No…take it all in: peeling deck paint; cardboard from spray paint project (from months ago); nasty, dirty, faded cushion covers; green growth on the deck; and do you want to know what has been driving me crazy since we reclaimed our back yard?
That weird deck seating around the perimeter!
You don’t think it’s so weird? This is for someone who wants to have twenty friends over but doesn’t want to commit to deck furniture. I don’t like it at all and it takes up so much space!
You know what I did before I even tell you, don’t you? You know me so well…
I got rid of it!! (Happy dance!) It looks so much bigger already! That bench was taking up two feet of space all the way around this side of the deck!!
Are you ready for some pretty now??
The deck has been scrubbed, wire brushed, sanded here and there, and received a fresh coat of deck stain.
I made new cushion covers. If you missed it, you can see the full tutorial here. (Really easy!)
This is the before, yikes!!
That photo was actually pinned a few times; I hope that was in error!
I found this sand/water table at a yard sale a couple of weeks ago for $20.
I love that it has a lid so I can close it up. I attached an umbrella to the deck railing to provide shade while Brennan plays here. The sun can be brutal at certain times of the day.
Ok, more ugly…this is the other side before (It’s a good thing I love my neighbors since I can hit them with a spitball from where I’m standing!):
I don’t really have any words for this picture. I think I better just keep my mouth shut and move on to the good stuff. On second thought, I feel like I should say I’m sorry, and I won’t let it happen again…it’s just that bad…
Welcome back deck! I thought I was going to have to give it CPR because it looked like it wasn’t going to make it!
I’ve had this furniture for years. It started out white believe it or not.
I just freshen it up every season with a fresh coat of paint. Compare it to the before…it looks brand new again!
I made these cushion covers two years ago, but they still look pretty good. That’s probably because they live under the umbrella!
They are one of the reasons I stayed with the same color palette when I chose my new cushion fabrics.
The other reason is that I wanted something that matched my outdoor rug from last year. Would you believe that this rug is made out of recycled plastic??
Go on, take a closer look:
I LOVE this rug! In fact, I loved it so much that I bought another one this year. Can you guess which one is the new one? You would never be able to tell that this close up is the…OLD one! It still looks brand new!
Because it’s plastic, it won’t mildew, dry rot, or absorb stains!! Mine hasn’t faded either in the year that I’ve had it and I left it out all Winter!
It’s made by “Mad Mats”. This style is a 6×9 called Oriental Garland in the teal/brown color, but they have a lot of choices. (This is NOT a sponsored post, I just love these rugs!) I purchased mine on Amazon.
Isn’t this little rocker sweet?
She was another yard sale find.
In April, I shared my back yard makeover that took place last Summer. You can see bits and pieces of it in these pictures.
I’ll be sharing an update soon, so you can see how much it has grown in a year. The rain finally took a break so I could take some pictures!
I used some of our left over flagstone from the pathway out front to create an interesting landing at the bottom of the steps. It’s trimmed out in the granite blocks from our old landscape.
If you missed the circular patio I created with the rest of them, you can see it here.
Here’s that before again:
And the after…
Big improvement, right?! Be sure to come back soon so you can see how much my back yard has filled in since last year.
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