Thursday, May 2, 2019

The Great Deck Refresh

Hello, Friends.

We had some issues with our deck furniture. It was probably 10 years old or so. My favorite seat was sagging pretty bad. The cushions were very faded again.
I'd recovered these cushions 4 times or so already and I didn't want to do it again.
If I'd taken the time to make piping, I might have liked my crafted cushions better than I did.
I was lazy.

White drop cloth cushions was my favorite option and it was cheap to do but they mildewed over time.

The blue and white pillows on the white cushions was my favorite look.
When I was over bleaching the white drop cloths, I recovered the furniture in navy outdoor fabric.

It faded so quickly.
I sat on the right side of the love seat. The webbing underneath was sagging so we decided it was time for a new set.
We put that by the curb as well. The set was gone within the afternoon. 
We went to IKEA. They didn't have anything. Then we went to Home Depot.
We found this adorable love seat and coffee table.
The cushions are a light gray. I have options again with regard to contrasting fabrics.

We didn't get the club chairs and ottomans this time.
Bill likes to sit in one of our five dollar garage sale chairs.
They got new cushions and a coat of spray paint.

If you have been around Let's Add Sprinkles for a while, you know that I was marginally famous on the internet for our stock tank pool.

I love a quick dip in my pool to cool off during the summer. Drying off on the deck usually follows. Our deck gets afternoon sun. We had a cantilevered umbrella to give us a little shade on our deck. 

It was a good umbrella but it only worked in two spots because of the wind. 
There is quite a slope behind our house and the wind just whips up that slope. 
If there was any breeze to speak of, opening the umbrella was not an option.
In addition, the stand took up a lot of room because of the concrete pavers required to keep it in place.

I never loved the terra cotta fabric but it was the best option at the time. 
It was pretty faded after the last six or so years and it was getting very difficult for me to open by myself.
I told Bill that I thought it was on its last legs.
He put it by the curb. Our stuff is usually picked up by neighbors or resellers that scour the neighborhood.

In March we started replacing deck boards so that the whole thing could get a new coat of stain.
It really needs to be stained every spring but it didn't happen last year.
Bill replaced the boards. I did the staining.

One evening we were at Lowe's getting top soil and seeds. We walked by the gazebo and Bill asked if I thought a gazebo would work on our deck.
I could briefly hear angels singing.
I said I'd love a cover!
We went to the internet and bought this cover from Costco.
It arrived in two big boxes.
The directions said to plan on two people and an eight hour build.
It took us 10 hours to put it together.

We dealt with rain, a missing part that had to be shipped from Canada, more rain, possible hail, tools and fittings that drop in between the deck boards.

This was a challenge but it was so worth it.

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  1. Love the gazebo, Katie. your deck and that rug are wonderful; the perfect place to relax!

  2. Your deck looks great and your deck cover even with having to wait on missing parts came out so nice. I remember your pool when you first did that. Such a fabulous idea. Have a great upcoming weekend.

  3. Love it all Katie. The gazebo is really nice. I may consider that as what we have is rusting and will have to be replaced soon. Hopefully, I can get our son to build a wooden one. Your deck looks so pretty and comfortable. Thanks for sharing.
    Audrey Z.

  4. Love everything you did to get your patio together for the summer.

  5. That is a beautiful space that you've put together!

  6. It looks fabulous, Katie. Lots of hard work there but the payoff was big. (Don't you love the curb? It always works!)

  7. I know that was a lot of work, but you've create a cozy area for summer! Thanks for sharing at Vintage Charm!

  8. I think the new deck decor and furnishings look great! Thanks for sharing with us at #omhgww

  9. I love what you did with your deck. The gazebo is the very best part. Well maybe the best part is the new love seat. Wait, perhaps it's the upcylced chairs from Dollar General. I give up. I love it all and you pulled it together beautifully. TFS with #OMHGWW