8.22.2012

The Deck *shakes fist in air*


Our deck needs major TLC. The kind that can really only be remedied by, oh, let's say $8,000. Srsly. The entire deck needs to be replaced. It's 32 year old redwood and it's HUMONGOUS! So instead I pretend it's not rotting under our feet and try to pretty it up.


Yay! It's amazing what some patio furniture and an umbrella can do. I bought the rug at Kohls a few months back when it was on clearance and had those Kohls cash things and and additional whatever they were giving away that day. I bought two rugs and it barely covers the splintering mess. 

Our back deck is really big. Like probably 1,000 sq. feet big. Not really sure since recently I tried to measure for the cost of replacement wood and I quickly gave up. We have two other decks that are also in dire need of replacement. Ugh. Damn you dry rot *shakes fist at sky*.

The umbrella is from Costco. Probably last year, but I think they carry them every season. We've been through a few because we are careless assholes. If you take care of yours I'm sure they last longer than one Summer and I highly recommend this purchase.  Fire pit is clearance from Target like 5 years ago. Copper and aging beautifully. Has seen maybe one fire. Hello... it sits on a tinderbox ready to go up in flames at the slight mention of a match.


Ahhh, my Adirondak chair. Or should I say the kids Adironak chair. Yup... it's childs size. I bought this at Ace hardware about 8 years ago and I lurve it. Not enough to actually use some sealer or anything but enough to make a cute little pillow for the dern thing.


Here's his big brother who I apparently don't love enough to recover his cushion. This is the original cushion it came with and I'm saving it for a template. One day. *shakes fist at sky*.


I recently made this ottoman by using some old outdoor cushion fillers that were rotting before my eyes. I just wrapped polyfil around the 4 square cushions and measured to make a square cover. I did manage to brush off the mouse poop. Yes, it was covered in little dark turds. I needed to add two zippers to squeeze the filling into the cover. It worked! Yay me.

Here it is being demonstrated by my lovely and willing assistant. It's comfy.


I also made a little succulent arrangement. Hope it doesn't die. It's cute. It's also been three months since it was planted and has stayed the same size. Is this normal? Feedback anyone.

Oh and the whole reason for this post is to say I planned on making a Moroccan pouf but Fabric.com sold out of the fabric I chose and the square pillow fabric was meant for a square pillow so now I've put that project off to the side most likely until next Spring even though where I live it's pretty close to Springtime year round. I saw this pouf tute and thought to myself "hey lady, you can surely do this in no time". And by no time I mean have NO time.

Soon the deck will rot beneath my feet and I will have no worries about how to best pretty up this outdoor space.

13 comments:

Max of Max California ★ said...

I love your deck! I'd live out there

Carolyn said...

but that view!! It looks gorgeous!
and yes, our deck is rotting too. Just ask my mother-in-law who recently took a step on it only to have her entire foot go through the board. Oh, and did I mention that it's on the second story of our house?

Jenny said...

Awesome post.

P.S. Oh, Carolyn. Way to score points with your mother-in-law.

Maggie said...

Looks lovely, and that view is what my heaven looks like. What state are you in?

Morgan said...

Oh I love it! I've been working on repainting my no-so-big porch ALL summer and I'm probably 1/3 of the way done. Why must the kids require feeding every single day?

small + friendly said...

But it's such a pretty rotting deck, with an amazing view! I so feel you on not being bothered to seal things or clean rat poop. That poof is rad, and so is your succulent garden. They grow super slow so it's totally normal :)

Marvel Farias said...

There are a few pleasures in life more inspiring than enjoying the great outdoors without leaving your home ;). There are almost a boundless number of options for making your deck area into something as personal and special as the interior of your home is. Painting your deck will allow for a complete transformation of your deck. While wood stains are great for making the wood look more natural, paint offers multiple color options that I think would satisfy your creativity. You have a wonderful deck area! Beautiful!

metamarketing said...

great post! the deck is looking pretty nice. Painting an outside deck is almost a summer tradition in most American states. As the seasons pass, deck paint feels the brunt of the elements and begins to show signs of distress. Putting a good coat of paint on a deck improves the home's value and serves as a great aesthetic boost to the area.

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Angelina Garcia said...

I’m in love with those chairs! This is a fine example of a minimalist deck, but there’s a lot more happening to it when you take a closer look. You did a tremendous job of playing with the colors – they’re light and bright! You’ve done justice to that awesome view. Great work!

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