Summer Deck Update

Amazing friends, if you’ve spent any time around here at all, then you know I am all about a good before and after. Today is no exception. If you stopped by yesterday, you saw how I updated my faded and tired patio set into fresh new decor for our back deck:

Patio Set refreshed with spray paint from

I am over the moon that I was able to use my existing  patio set once again, and I love having so much color in our outdoor space! See more details HERE. (You may want to start there anyway if you missed it!)

Today my sweet friend, Krista from The Happy Housie, is continuing her Seasonal Simplicity Summer Series with outdoor porches, patios, and decks. I saved the other side of our deck space just for today!

First, here is what our deck space looked like a couple of months ago:

We bought this house last August and it looks like the deck hadn’t been cleaned in years!

I pressure washed and stained the deck first. (Look for that exciting post on Tuesday! 🙂 )

And here is how our refreshed deck space looks now:

Summer deck from

Such a huge difference!

Our sad old table finally kicked the bucket…

So I knew I had to break down and buy a new table. Those of you that follow me know how hard it is for my to buy new, and it took a little deep breathing, but I did it. Then I went all crazy and bought new chairs as well!

All of these pieces are from Pier one:

Outdoor patio set from Pier One

I loved these wicker chairs the moment I saw them:

Outdoor wicker chairs from Pier One.

However the table that went with them was rectangular, and I really needed a round or square table for this space. I ended up choosing this round metal one to coordinate with the other pieces I had already painted for our deck:

Round metal table from Pier One

Unfortunately when it arrived, it was not white, but more of an almond color. I was so bummed and I just did not want to deal with having to take it back and then search for one that would work. So once again, spray paint to the rescue. Yes I had to take spray paint to my brand new nothing-else-wrong-with-it-paid-too-much-for-it table. But at least now I now have a look I love.

I also purchased the seat cushions from Pier One that go with these chairs:

Seat cushions from Pier One.

They have a ton of prints to choose from. I purchased the matching throw pillows for my “new” loveseat that I shared yesterday as well to bring the spaces together. By the way, I am in no way affiliated with Pier one.

As I mentioned yesterday, the blue pillows are from HomeGoods.

Having them sprinkled throughout our deck space adds such a pretty splash of color out here.

I also used them on our chairs down by the pool…

DIY Rolling Umbrella Base from

And yep, those are my dining chairs from my old set! Paint is like magic in a can!

The seat cushions came from Lowes, and I shared our new DIY Rolling Umbrella Base last week if you missed that.

Brennan was hanging out with me while I was taking pictures…

And this is what it looks like photographing your spaces while your kiddos are out for Summer break…

1.  “Hey Mom, take my picture!”

2.  “Hey Mom, get this one of me giving a thumbs up!” “Can I see what it looks like?”

3.  Outright photobomb

4.  “Hey Mom, take a picture of me making this funny face!” “Did you get that? Can I see it?”

5.  “Hey Mom, take a picture of me holding this lemon!” Me: “Just smile, you don’t need to hold the lemon.” “But I really want to hold the lemon!”

6.  “Hey Mom, take a picture of me pretending I’m asleep.” “Can you tell in the picture that I was snoring?”

He always wants his picture taken when he sees me with my camera, and of course I oblige.

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The water to the slide is turned off here, but when we turn it on, it has a lovely waterfall sound.

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And the stuff I intentionally tried not to get in the photos…

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I can’t tell you how funny it is to see a hotdog or giant bottle of mustard flying by your window…

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My hubby and I were whacking each other with the ketchup and mustard after he blew them up and we agreed that that is how we would settle any arguments in the future, a good old fashioned condiment-whacking!

The rug is from Target and was the jumping-off point for our color scheme out here…

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The green space beyond our fence was one of the reasons we fell in love with this house! You don’t get much of that around here.

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Summer Deck Before and After from

I hope you enjoyed the tour!

For even more outdoor Summer inspiration, visit all the lovely ladies in this fun series below!

The Happy Housie / Inspiration for Moms / Rooms for Rent / Bless’er House

Shabbyfufu / Summer Adams / Making it in the Moutains / TIDBITS

Confessions of a Serial DIYer / Clean and Scentsible / Just a Girl and Her Blog / Stacy Risenmay

Zevy Joy / Finding Silver Pennies / Deeply Southern Home / A Pretty Life

Southern State of Mind / Amber Tysl / Newly Woodwards

Since several of you mentioned you would be interested in seeing how we redid the deck, I’ll be back to share that on Tuesday! 🙂

Have a great weekend! 🙂

UPDATE: Check out all the details on how we refreshed our deck HERE.



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  1. Mary Kaiser says

    I LOVE your outside pictures of your deck and new furniture, but none of them can hold a candle to the pictures of your son!!! I really enjoyed the pictures, made me laugh out loud because I use to have 4 children at home (grown and gone now) that use to be just like that! Tell him one of your readers thinks that he is adorable!! What a HAM! Thanks for sharing the GOOD stuff!

    • Thank you, Mary! My son sees me with the camera and just assumes I am wanting to take his picture, and how can I not? One day I’ll miss these days for sure! Have a great rest of the week! XOXO

  2. Claudine says

    Just beautiful! You did a beautiful job. Now you can sit back and enjoy! 🙂

  3. Christina in SW FL says

    Christy, your kiddos are adorable! Look at me! lol Too cute! And I adore you and your husband’s plan to duel out arguments with inflated condiments. 🙂
    All that said, your deck area looks magnificent, cozy, fun and cheery. Way to go!!

    • Thank you, Christina! He just loves having his picture taken! And those inflatable condiments have given us such a laugh! Enjoy the rest of your week! XOXO

  4. I’ve already told you how pretty it looks – but again, it is just so pretty! 🙂 Love those wicker chairs and it all looks so pretty with the white pieces. I must say my favorite part is the photos of your sweet little helper! Enjoy – they grow up way too fast!!

    • Thank you so much, Patty! My son just loves it when I have my camera out, and I don’t mind it a bit…enjoying these moments as I know they will be gone all too soon! XOXO

  5. Love those wicker chairs! Where did you find them?

    • Thanks, Camilla! I found them at Pier One. They are part of the Capella Island collection. 🙂

  6. Your outdoor living space is absolutely fabulous!!!I love the colors. I went on target to find your rug Enjoy,couldn’t find anything like it. Does it have a ‘name”?

  7. It looks so dreamy and beautiful, great job. Your son is adorable I loved the pic with his thumb up his face made me laugh.

  8. Debbie in TX says

    You have such a great back yard! The tables and chairs turned out so pretty, and it all looks so inviting. Loved seeing all your flowers, as well as the photos of Brennan and the pool toys. Keeping it real! What a fantastic job you did on the deck!

    • Thank you, Debbie!! I really miss my garden at my old house, so you know I had to add as many flowers to my deck space as possible until we can tackle the landscape here. Glad you enjoyed the “real” stuff ha ha! XOXO

  9. You do the best job at making everything look fabulous. I wish I had your eye and energy. The color scheme is beautiful and I positively love the color of the umbrella tied in with the color of the back cushions. Those two colors are perfect together. Pier 1 is a place I have trouble driving by without stopping in. Those chairs look so comfortable and the love seat, chairs and coffee table look perfect! Your little guy cracks me up, he’s adorable. Thank you for sharing, I always look forward to seeing your work…I love it!

    • Wow thank you so much, Heidy! I am so glad those colors worked so well together…and I love me some Pier One as well! The chairs are super comfy! XO

  10. Bwahaha. Love the out takes of your little guy! So cute! And the commentary… ya, I definitely get that! We have one more week after this of school, and I can’t wait – even if it makes for more difficult photo shoots:) Your space looks amazing – love the white paint makeover! And the new chairs are gorgeous. So glad you could be part of this hop today, friend! Happy Summer!

    • Thank you, Krista! Brennan was cracking me up! He always follows me around when I have my camera out. We just started Summer break this week and it has been so nice! Thanks for hosting and enjoy your Summer break!! XOXO

  11. Ellen Shook says

    What a great space you have created for your family! Not only is it beautiful, it is fun. I practically keep Pier 1 in business in m neighborhood. I can’t tell you how many things I have bought which I immediately painted. Basically I shop for shapes, and then conform the item to my taste. Your Brennan reminds me of my Brendan — who is now 50 years old and still just as mischievous!

    • Thanks so much, Ellen! I too love Pier One! I may not have been thrilled at the thought of spray painting a brand new table, but you’re right…now it conforms to my taste and is just perfect! I’m sure Brennan will keep me smiling for years to come as well! XOXO

  12. I love all of the blue! Everything looks so fun and inviting 🙂

  13. This looks awesome! I adore those wicker chairs – but everything looks amazing. And I can relate to taking photos with kiddos around. Our son made an appearance in a lot of photos from our porch, too.

    • Thank you so much, Kim! I fell in love with the chairs when I saw them and they are so comfy! I think my son thinks I have my camera out just to take his picture lol! XO

  14. ❤️❤️❤️ the chairs. Everything came together beautifully. And the kiddo was a hoot. The dialogue made me laugh.

  15. How did you get the wood on your deck from drab to FAB?! Can you provide the steps you took to make the wood look like new? Did you have to sand down every railing? If so, what type of sander did you use? How long did the project take you? Any tips?

    • Hi LJ! I pressure washed our deck. I’ll be sharing how I did it all on Tuesday if you want to stop back by for all the details 🙂

  16. Christy, Great makeover, so cheerful and love the colors. Your male model added a special touch to the photos, too. It is so much fun when they are young and carefree. Your family and friends will enjoy the lovely outdoor space so much! Enjoy, Suzanne

    • Thank you, Suzanne! I usually take my photos while my boys are at school, but now that it is Summer break, my youngest likes to follow me around while I’m photographing. And honestly, I kind of love it! XOXO

  17. Your outdoor retreat is lovely! If I had a pool in my yard it would be filled with leaves and hickory nuts since we are surrounded by trees and a woods in the back. ???? Like you that is the reason we bought our house. I love the outdoors. There’s been many a night my boys when they were much younger, camped with their friends in our backyard. Next it will be their boys’ turn to do some camping! Great post, love the blue!

    • Thank you, MJ! I bet your yard holds many precious memories and will continue to help make more in the future! XOXO

  18. What a transformation! LOVE the new lighter, brighter look!

  19. Ok you’ve done it again! This is just awesome and I’m so impressed with your vision and talent, my friend! Xoxo

    • Thanks so much, Summer! And ha ha…you didn’t call me Abby, but must have thought you did lol. You are so funny! 😀 XO

  20. Marcie Lovett says

    By the time I read down to Brennan, I forgot about the purpose of the post and the beautiful deck! What a ham.

    The backyard IS beautiful. Enjoy it – you’ve got your hands full with two boys home for the summer. ☺

  21. This is so inviting. I would definitely be spending a lot of time out here, especially with the kids out on break.

    • Thank you, Kimberly! We have really been enjoying this space so far this Summer! XOXO

  22. What a beautiful transformation! I love a good before and after too…it’s so satisfying! I’m always amazed at how paint can change the whole look of a space!

  23. Love your mix of old and new here! Great way to refresh and reuse what you have! What a bright and cheerful retreat!! Enjoy your summer!

  24. What a fun outdoor space! I so wish we had a pool and that waterslide looks amazing! Love all of your decorative touches and the pops of blue. Have a wonderful summer!

    • Thanks, Jennifer! We have enjoyed our outdoor space a lot already this Summer! Enjoy yours as well! XO

  25. I have a pool deck on the back side of our pool and I would love to put a rug out there to anchor the deck and patio set. However, we live in West Florida and it rains here every day during the summer. How do you keep your rug looking so good? Would love to know. I’m hoping to do the same but worried a rug would only last a week. ????


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