I haven’t posted much lately but that’s because I’ve been laser focused on my patio makeover. It seriously couldn’t be better timing to upgrade my patio since I won’t be traveling for work anytime soon. It’s warming up here in Ohio and I know that I’ll be spending a ton of time on my deck. I can’t wait for it to be a beautiful space to relax and enjoy some fresh air. Here is a sneak peek of my design plans for my deck and some of the new blog content that will be posted over the next few weeks.
Here are a few pictures of my sad deck so that you can see why I’m so excited about this makeover. Abby still loves it. She doesn’t judge. 😉
Patio Makeover Plans:
Part of my patio makeover definitely needs to involve refinishing my deck. It’s original to the house (21 years old) and it’s been neglected for sure! It’s seen better days but I’m hopeful that I can bring some new life to the wood and get several more years out of it. I spent all of my weekend last week sanding it and I’m just waiting for a few dry days in a row to clean the deck and apply new stain. I’ve done a ton of research on the best deck stains so I’ll be putting up a blog post all about that plus my process of refinishing it. Then a year from now I’ll go back and update the post and talk about how it’s held up.
The Builders Challenge
It’s officially Spring The Builders Challenge season! I love participating in The Builders Challenge mainly because the community is absolutely amazing. This season the plans were for a planter with an integrated bench. I of course changed the design as I always do. We really only need extra seating on our deck when we have guests so I designed a 3 planter system where we can move the smaller planters out and add in benches when we have guests. I think it will work out perfectly for our needs. Here is a sketchup rendering of my design! I’ll be uploading a full tutorial to make this with free downloadable build plans in the coming weeks so stay tuned!
Here is what it will look like with the two benches.
When we don’t need the extra seating the two benches can just be pulled up and out. They sit on french cleats so there is no mechanical attachment to worry about. My plan is to push the smaller planter boxes to each side of the larger one when we aren’t using the benches.
The main thing that my deck is lacking is color. I’m so excited to be adding some flair to our space this month and partnering with one of my favorite brands Wayfair on this project. I’ll be posting a full deck reveal at the end of the month and I seriously can’t wait! It’s going to be such a pretty and relaxing space. I can already see myself drinking coffee out there in the morning and eating dinner on the deck. Please mother nature stop this rain soon so that I can finish this project! Below is the mood board that I put together to visualize my patio makeover. I already have patio furniture with teal cushions and some multicolored pillows so I want to add a fun rug and lots and lots of colorful pots and plants.
If you are interested in any of the items from Wayfair that I’ll be using on my deck makeover here are the links! The area rug is SO PRETTY in person! Also, I’m way too excited about these cactus planters. I just think that they are adorable.
Check out some of my other patio projects!
That’s the plan for my deck makeover. Now I’m off to actually make it happen.
What do you think of my design ideas? Let me know in the comments!
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Its going to look fantastic! And the cactus planters are cute. I 💕💙💜 the bench/planter
Thanks Nikki. It’s going to be a lot of work but it will be worth it in a few weeks!
I can’t wait to see the progress along the way! We have lots of work to do on our deck, also. Right now it’s an ugly orange stain.
It’s a good time to spruce up our outdoor spaces. I too my old chairs to the dump and bought new blue ones for a spot of colour. I only have a small condo porch, but it’s the only spot we can get outdoors right now. – Margy
That sounds lovely.