It was time to redo the deck but with all the yard work that needs to be done, I didn’t want to spend much in any one area. So I’m re-using, re-purposing, re-cycling, and re-thinking how to make all the areas look great on a budget.
I like my deck furniture a lot. But it was so dull! Brown cushions on ‘bronze’ framework. Bleh! And the cushions haven’t held up very well either.
I found these bright pillows in the shed that I had used with a different lawn set. They were still in great shape and had that punch of color I was looking for. I plan on making slipcovers from canvas drop cloths for the seat cushions – as soon as I get my sewing machine serviced.
I repurposed one of the foot stools from the furniture set into a table (the deck really is too small to use the foot stools and still be able to move around). Marble slabs I picked up at the ReStore made a top to set things on.
I used another piece of the marble on the ‘coffee table’ to set a planter on. I like how it ties the look together. This planter is from a home show party. I just hadn’t found a place that worked in my house but I love it out here.
My other name for the deck is “The Oven”. On the west side of a house on Tennessee… it is HOT in the summer. But I finally found plants that not only can take it… they thrive in it. Succulents and sedums – I love them!
I gathered up various pots and planters from all over (in my cleaning I’ve been finding so many things I thought were gone forever) and have put these drought lovers in them. Some plants I already had and I have bought a few new ones.
When I buy them, I look for the most crowded pots in the bunch so I can divide them to get even more plants.
This used to be a fountain… but we forgot to cover it when we went on a winter trip. It rained… then froze, and that broke out the bottom. Fine – it is now a planter! I’m going to a plant auction on Saturday and will bring home some sort of new succulent to go in there.
My grilling area is still getting a bit of work. I set my large umbrella up so I could have some shade while cooking. I’m stalking the ReStore for some large shutters that I can put up for privacy on the side behind the grill, as this faces the road. And when outdoor rugs go on clearance, I will be replacing the worn out ones I have.
I’m happy with how it has turned out and of course I’ll be tweaking it as I find things in my shed decluttering.