Backyard Makeover Chronicles – The Deck Reveal!

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Deck reveal day is here!!! I am so excited to show you all our finished deck makeover! It is such an amazing space – we seriously use it daily. This house is about 500 sq/ft smaller than our previous house, so having this extra living space for the summer season has been really nice. I recently had a party with about 20 women out there and it was perfect!

If you’re just joining us, catch up by reading my other posts about the patio furniture refresh, our deck demo and painting the perimeter. In the last few weeks we’ve done a lot to finish up the space, including painting the deck floor, building and installing a 12′ counter-top, and hanging lanterns above the table. In the end, I used almost all of my tips for updating your back deck too. 🙂

Like any good reveal, let’s start with a few before pictures!

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This was the view when you walked out of the house from the sliding glass doors:

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To the right:

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To the left – this side originally had a second large rhododendron where the dirt patch is and an old hot tub where the grill is sitting…

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And now you walk out to this!

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We decided to put the dining table to the right (rather than in the center) to place it in the early evening shade and also added a kid-sized table for the littles to eat at. 🙂

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My kids love this table! You’ll have to pardon the pajamas with boots – they each got their first pair of cowboy boots this week and they insist on wearing them every waking minute, including the ones before they get dressed! 😉

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One of my favorite things out here are these solar lanterns from IKEA over the table like a chandelier. The table just felt unfinished to me without a large light fixture overhead (call me crazy, I know) so I came up with this idea! They’re just hung from a simple T made of 2×2 material painted black. Against the trees you barely notice it and the lanterns light up automatically at dusk!

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The center third of the deck is the “lounge” with a loveseat and two chairs. I love the way this part turned out – it’s so cozy!

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I’m still really glad we went with the lime green paint and bright colored pillows on these chairs. There’s just something about pops of color that make a space fun for me!

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On the far end Chris built out the corner of the deck where the second rhododendron was to make the deck rectangular and then built and installed a 12′ wood counter-top for prepping/serving food alongside the grill. I LOVE the color of the stain and the “X” legs give it a simple farmhouse style too. 🙂

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I didn’t realize when we installed the white lattice on this side to mirror the other side that these rose bushes would so naturally vine up the side, but I love how they do!

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And lastly, a few before/afters side-by-side – you know, they’re my favorite! 😉

And there you have it! Talk about a brand new space! We completed this makeover for about $750, and that included the dump cost, paint, wood for the deck addition and counter-top, decor (including the large rug, lanterns and storage tote) and all the plants/flowers. Overall, that’s a pretty low budget for such a drastic outcome!

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Sources

Perimeter Paint: Ultra Pure White by Behr
Deck Paint: Light Grey by Valspar
String Lights: Costco
Shepherd’s Hooks: Lowe’s
White Kid’s Table: IKEA
Kid’s Chairs: Costco
Green Table Runner: IKEA
Natural Placemats: IKEA
White Plates: Bed, Bath & Beyond
Grey Plates: IKEA
Galvanized Pots: IKEA
Faux Plants: IKEA
Hanging Lanterns: IKEA
Black & Green Patio Furniture: DIY
Black/White Area Rug: IKEA
Blue Garden Stool: Home Depot (similar one here)
Palm Tree: Home Depot
Black Stools: Amazon
Storage Tote: Costco (similar one here)
Cream and Blue Throws: Pottery Barn (similar one here)
White Side Table and Small Rug: Tuesday Morning
Wood Star: Local Craft Bazaar
Grill: Gift
Pillows: IKEA, JoAnn Fabrics, Tuesday Morning, Thrifted
Dining Table/Chairs & Metal Centerpiece: Thrifted

Don’t worry, there’s plenty more to be done in our Backyard Makeover Chronicles – we’re thinking a barn, goats, a large vegetable garden, a flower garden, an extension of our paver patio with a firepit, and possibly even a pond! 😉

Thanks for following along, friends! Have a great week!

 

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