I was able to give my backyard deck a bit of a new look this summer, so I wanted to share a little update here that I’ve been working on for the past few weeks.
This little area has changed several times since we’ve lived here, but when we first moved in, the area was covered in concrete slabs.
Once we installed the small addition for the kitchen, we moved those slabs to just outside the back of the house and joined them with the other concrete slabs there. These formed a patio that spanned the entire back of the house, just outside the back door.
I then bought a small deck to replace the slab. You can see how it looked in 2019 when I first styled this area. I decided to just apply deck oil and leave the deck in its natural state at the time.
Then, the following year, in 2020, after a long winter, the deck was starting to look a little damaged, so I decided to paint it with stripes.Well, that is It actually got worse – Combine that with the fact that it was very difficult to get any kind of paint online (At the time, we were in full-scale lockdown and everywhere was out of stock!) I wanted to play and enjoy the deck again, so I made a hasty decision that turned out to be a huge disaster. In context, these colors were supposed to be green and cream, but they turned out to be turquoise and pink…yep, that was bad. You can read all about it in this article.
Full disclosure: I couldn’t leave it like this…I immediately repainted the stripes in green and cream colors after this. Are you okay But to be honest, I didn’t like it, so I never ended up sharing it. But at that point, I wasn’t in the mood to paint for the third time in a year. 😉
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So this year I decided to go with a solid color throughout the deck, using Cuprinol’s Willow Garden Shade, the same paint I used on the raised standing planters last year. It’s a nice warm sage green, but it was a little brighter on the horizontal side of the planter than it was on the vertical side. Let’s see how much the color changes depending on how the light hits it! But I love it and of course wish I had done this last year, but hey, we live and learn!
We also updated the concrete coffee table. I had this table (originally made by West Elm) for 4 years, but the pattern on the concrete started discoloring, there were stains and marks on the surface, and I fell out of love with it. At one point I thought about selling it, but I decided to do my best with what I have now. As it turned out, the shape and style were fine, it just needed a refresh and didn’t feel gray anymore. I wanted this whole area to have a warmer look, so I decided to reach for the paint again.
I used two coats of Little Green Paint Company Down (leftover from painting the back of the house last year) as a base and once it was completely dry I used Cuprinol Natural Stone Garden Shade over it. It is a warm beige color. It seems like it’s been going really well the last few weeks and I’m falling in love with it all over again!
I’m really happy with it because you can still see the nice hexagonal pattern, but it’s more subtle and matches the colors I used in the rest of the space.
We also removed the rug from a recent utility room makeover and moved it to the deck to see how it felt. It’s an indoor/outdoor rug, so it’s perfectly fine here (it’s rained a few times, but it’s made of polypropylene so it dries quickly), but I just recently replaced it with a larger rug, also made by Venuta. BTW (it arrived just a few days after I took these photos!).
I couldn’t be more pleased with the quality of Benuta’s outdoor rugs for the price. So far it seems to be able to withstand outdoor use. All you need is a quick wipe and it’s very easy to wash. (No, I bought it myself, not from an ad!) In fact, you may need to buy a third one for your kitchen. 😉
The last thing I purchased for this space was a small macrame hanging chair. I love the look of these hanging chairs and this was an absolute bargain at just £40 from Aldi. Of course, if it rains, I bring it indoors (literally, just a little hook that comes off and it folds up for easy storage).
However, the hanging branches aren’t really strong enough to sit on, so it’s just for ornamental purposes for now. (#keepitreal)! Ha! I need to buy a frame to continue this, but I’m not at the point where I can buy one yet.
We also rearranged some of the seating and created a small conversation area using wicker-style chairs. I’ve had these for a few years now and love how they add a bit of warmth and a bit of the boho vibe I was looking for here. And the solar lights also had to be replaced as they were no longer ghosting, but I bought these lights instead. I actually like this.
All finished with some new flowers, but I still have an empty pot left, so I’ll probably buy a few more. As you can see, it’s a bit of a work in progress, but I’m pretty happy with the overall look and feel so far.
As a side note, we have worked hard to tame this very mature garden we inherited. Over the past few months it has become virtually a wasteland, so we removed some large plants and bushes. I cleaned up the entire area around the base of the pear tree (where the hanging chair hangs) and am currently trying to make sense of the plantings along that entire side of the garden. We removed an old apple tree (which was literally growing next to it!) and a pear tree that was growing through the acer. A note to those planting trees in their yards: At some point the trees will reach full size, so make sure you have plenty of space between the trees, not 3 or 4 feet of space like the previous owners of the house. please.
I think it took me a full three years to finally be able to fully understand what to edit and what to leave out of this space. Over the years that this house has been here (built in 1889), the planting has been very haphazard, so in our previous house we were basically starting from scratch, but in this house. , it’s the complete opposite end of the spectrum. We have some really nice plants here and the last thing I want to do is pull them all out. We’re really trying to figure out how to approach everything because we’re suffocating here. At some point, I’ll update on how we tackled this problem, but until then, good luck. This is a long-term project, but organizing this small deck and the area immediately adjacent to it was a good first step.
I’d love to know what you think about this little area now. I’d also like to know if you have any plans to update your garden this year. Please let us know in the comments!