I am so excited to be able to finally share with you our newly updated Outdoor Deck. When I was given the March Lowes Creator challenge, I knew I would finally be able to finish off our outdoor deck just in time for Spring.
This has been one of those projects that takes F.O.R.E.V.E.R. to finish. We have wanted to update our back patio for a long time, but had always been one of the many projects that had to sit on the bottom of the to-do list.
When we first looked through this house when we were searching for a new home 11 years ago, the back porch was one of our very favorite things about this house. We have always enjoyed being outdoors as a family and we could see ourselves sitting on this porch for BBQ’s, summer evenings and for entertaining family and friends. Summer evenings in Utah are really pleasant and we were excited for how large this extra space was.
But, it has seen better days. The deck was covered in an outdoor carpet that was torn and worn out in several different areas. We knew it had some amazing potential and that it would just take some time and hard work to get it to where we were envisioning.
We were planning on doing the deck remodel ourselves. But as we looked closer at the overall deck and the construction of it, we became concerned that there was a bit of wood rot and we were worried about the overall safety of the 30 year old deck. So, we ended up hiring someone to rebuild the deck in August of 2011. And thank goodness we did, because there was a lot of structural damage and some of the main structure had almost completely rotted out. I will share a bit more of that process in an upcoming post.
About 7 years ago we bought some patio furniture on clearance at the end of the season and picked up this set for about $350 which is a great deal. I could only find these pictures of my little family eating pizza out on the deck about 4.5 years ago. Awww…I miss those babies!
But after 7 years and little kids, the cushions were pretty beat up. The cast iron furniture was still in great condition. I had looked into sewing me some new cushion covers, but the price of good fabric had me hesitating. Then, I saw that Lowe’s carries some awesome Outdoor Deck Furniture cushions and I knew it was the perfect solution. So I picked some up in this awesome neutral Linen color. I am in LOVE!! I love how it stands out next to our darker brick color.
Then I hit the flower section of Lowe’s and picked up some Spring flowers that love the cold weather since in Utah we can get a freeze all the way into May. I also picked up a couple of flower pots and some potting soil and gave the deck some needed Spring color with several potted flowers.
I also immediately fell in love with this cute white pot and made that a focal point on the patio table.
Some Lowe’s locations also carry some cute and trendy decorative pillows. I picked up the green pillow, and an orange one that I put on my front porch, from a Lowe’s while I tagged along on my husband’s business trip to Vegas this past weekend. We found them in the St. George, Utah Lowe’s Store.
This table and chair set is also from Lowe’s. I actually picked this one up last fall for a steal at the end of the season clearance sale with some leftover Lowe’s gift cards that I had saved up. We LOVE it too and have eaten dinner outside as a family several times already! The floor rug is also from Lowe’s.
I picked up the three wall clocks at my local thrift store last summer when I was shopping for the DIY Blogger house…and get this…the big one was $4 and the other two were $3 each. Pretty awesome right?
We painted the walls and trim to give it a fresh and clean look and filled in several large cracks that had never been filled in from when the original owners added the moldings. It makes a world of difference and makes our deck feel like another room in our home.
The table centerpiece box was made and shared in an earlier tutorial and I think it has now found its permanent spot.
And last, but not least, we built these simple shutters with some wood which I also picked up at Lowe’s. I am so happy with how they turned out and I think they were the perfect final addition. The brick wall look a bit barren and I love the crisp, fresh look and texture they provide. They were super easy to make and very inexpensive. I will share the tutorial in a later post….so be sure to stay tuned if you are interested.
So, I realize that this post contains a lot of different stages of work on our back deck. In summary, for this month’s Lowes Creator Challenge, we did the following:
Added updated Outdoor Furniture Seat Cushions
Painted Wall and Trim
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This post just had me telling my husband that our next house MUST have a deck! I love this Amy!
kiki comin says
i want to have your back deck! it is gorgeous and i love how you have changed to to fit your needs. love, love, love!:)
I am ready to grab my hot tea and sit on the porch now! Awesome job! Erica
Tracy B says
I LOVE it! So inspiring! I want to make my deck that beautiful now!
jessica @fourgenerationsoneroof says
Your makeover looks beautiful! Such a cozy and inviting space :) I love how the cushions & pillows look together, modern & fresh. Nicely done :)
Jodi Blackmon says
Love! We are almost done with ours. Lot of work, but it’s getting there. I love the neutral colored cushions you chose.
Amanda Padgett says
It is fantastic!! You made it to really be another room of your house! I have three porches that are completely empty and it bothers me so much. I just haven’t had the time or funds to do anything with them. This inspires me to work on at least one so we can enjoy the fresh air at meal times and such as a family.
Amanda A. says
Your deck is beautiful! I love sitting outside and I don’t think I would leave your deck.
It is GORGEOUS!
This looks so great, you must be so proud of it! I would be outside all the time if we had something like this!
WOW! That is amazing! I love it.
Becca Dulgarian says
This space looks incredible! I am so impressed with every single detail and would kill for an out door space to enjoy like this one! Way to go!
Ashley @ Simply Designing says
Your deck is so beautiful!! I love how big it is!
I know I’m your mother, but really you have out done yourself!! I’m moving in……..
Wow Amy- that is amazing!! I want a space like that. We’d live out there for sure. Great job!!
Amy @ Living Locurto says
Looks great Amy! You’ll be all set for spring now.
Rebecca Cooper says
This looks SO great Amy!! :)
Capturing Joy with Kristen Duke says
Rebecca Young says
I cannot seem to locate the tutorial for this table centerpiece box. It only brings up your taller skinnier one for Thanksgiving. I REALLY want to make this low larger one…could you please email me or just make that a link in this post. Thank you!
Kelly O. says
are you worried at all about moisture damaging the table and chairs? or are they outdoor furniture too…i love what you’ve done.. so inspiring.
That is a great question. The furniture is all outdoor furniture. The deck is covered and is pretty well protected from the elements unless it is really blowing in sideways. In bad storms I will pull in the furniture closer to the back wall and take in the stuff that could get damaged. Otherwise I don’t worry too much about it! Thanks so much for your comments :)
Beautiful!! I love it, do you mind telling where you got the blue geometric pillows from? Thank you.
I would love to know where you got the blue geometric pillows from as well. Thank you.
They are from TJ Maxx!
Does your site have a contact page? I’m having problems locating it but, I’d like to send you an email.
I’ve got some recommendations for your blog you might be interested in hearing.
Either way, great blog and I look forward to seeing
it grow over time.
I really like the look of the decking material you used. Can you tell me more about that as I was thinking about doing something similar on my front porch. Please let me know the manufacturer and if it is water resistant so that rain water spattered from hard rain storms would not harm it?
what is the floor is this tile that looks like a wood floor?????
The Idea Room Assistant says
It is a product called Trex. Here is a link to the product: http://www.trex.com/products/decking/?gclid=CKG677z3k80CFQ-oaQod8FYJ3Q
Thanks for sharing Amy! It looks amazing! I so want a deck like yours :)
The Idea Room Assistant says
Veronique-Thank you so much!
I noticed you used composite decking here. We would like to build a deck in the spring and I would love it if you could give me any tips about what brand you used and how it has held up. I appreciate it! This whole project looks gorgeous!
The Idea Room Assistant says
Cheryl, I believe it is Trex and it has held up great.
Brad Graham says
A very inspiring blog. I really like to thank you for the work you have made in writing this post. Keep sharing!
The Idea Room Assistant says
Brad- Thank you.