One of the many things we love about this in-between rental is it’s lovely deck. It’s not elaborate or swanky ~ nor does it have a view of the water or mountains. It’s perched – like many other city homes -smack dab in the middle of other houses that all have their own decks and yards.
It occurred to me one afternoon during a lovely sunny coffee time with my husband that perhaps I should do something to make this outdoor space a little more pleasant.
4 chairs and a barbecue do not an exciting deck make.
I tend to get overwhelmed with details and plans, so this time, I set a goal for myself. I wanted to see if I could make the space look completely different in just one day.
The party cart got the project rolling. (Literally! ha:))
The blue chairs were the first element already existing, so I wanted to choose another feature that would both compliment the chairs and provide an anchor for the space. A bright, budget friendly Walmart outdoor rug was just the ticket.
Adding in furniture pieces that we already had ~ like the fold-able outdoor side table ~ add practical function. It’s the perfect place to set down a cup of coffee or a tall glass of ice water. Our son’s wake board set in the corner adds a little more beach- color blue into the setting and helps provide a little more privacy.
Although I have visions of a large coffee table with a hinged lid for pillows, an upside down crate works great to prop up our feet and hold our reading material. (Wouldn’t it be fun to add castors to it?) An un-used peeling white and pink nightstand was completely transformed with a fresh coat of aqua blue paint. It’s just the pop of color I was looking for!
Simple greenery was planted in planters we already had sitting empty in the garage.
I figured succulents like this hens & chicks would be a good solution for the occasional forgetfulness of regular watering.;)
The painted pew adds extra seating space and is protected from rain by the overhang above.
I can see the whole deck from the kitchen sink. Seeing this happy little space:
is sure alot more fun than what it used to be!
The barbecue is now relocated to the other side of our deck ~ conveniently blocking the view into our closet neighbor’s kitchen window and deck.
Which brings me to my big burning question: What are some ideas you’ve found that are both pretty and practical for providing privacy on your decks in town? I’m thinking there must be some amazing options out there. I can’t wait to hear what they are!
P.S. If you missed the rusty-turned-party cart makeover, you can find it here:
Or, if you’re contemplating a new front door color, here are the steps on how to paint one (along with my favorite color combination of all front door time!).