I love our little front deck, it's so cozy now! And sitting out there the other morning I realized - hello! - I never shared the rest of the details of my projects from the Front Deck Tour. There aren't too many, just a few little things some of you might be curious about. Here's one of my favorite places to be:
I knew the colors we wanted were blues, with accents of orange & yellow since this is all totally visible from the kitchen. To make it look like a coordinated effort vs. sort of thrown together, I used the pots as a way to tie it all in. Mainly in this zone:
Oh did you spy that little orange candle holder? $1. Yep.......goodwill again. Used to look like this:
That creepy cat statue is for another post for our living room. It doesn't look like that now!
Moving on, I found this rocker at a goodwill, and was perfect for a weird corner on our deck:this old tutorial.
For good reason! Totally looks like Candy Corn. That table to the right was ALSO a thrift store find ($5!) and was made of glass and metal, so I knew it could live a life outdoors:
Paired with an old colander painted blue & full of chives, a dollar store salmon plate as a catch, and next to one of the Antique Crate end tables. For some reason those chives are growing SO slow.... but eventually it will be overflowing. This would also look great pouring over with lettuce....
I wanted some more planters for around the deck and used a simple technique to get the exact sizes I needed. I didn't want to hunt around, so I just got a bunch of lumber, and went crazy. Specifically, this tall corner behind the lounge set:
It's about 3 feet tall, give or take, and was built using some 2x2's and some cedar fence posts. Cost me under $20, and fits perfectly. Here's a quick how to that you can apply to any size planter.
Continue until you've built two of these: Note, I left the ends undone to later act as feet.
I used more planks cut to the matching width, and a notch cut out of the corner to account for the legs. Then flip it over and seal it for a longer life. Again, minwax poly is my favorite.
That's it. The same technique was used for the square planter behind the clay pots here:
And the skinny planter behind the crates here:
Hard to see, but it's back there and full of beans.
SO those are the finishing touches on the deck! I added some lights along the side of the house for night time, the fountain give some great ambiance... (someday would like to build a NEW fountain... but that's later)
To see the full front deck tour head over to this post.
Today we are meeting with someone regarding our retaining wall... that we have to rebuild... I'm very nervous, I know a lot of work is ahead!
Wish us luck.......