I’d like to introduce you to Caine, the newest member of our family. My husband brought home this little cutie pie of a terror a few weeks ago. After 3 days of being in the house, we both realized we have zero patience to house train a dog, so, we figure we’d put him on the deck.
Well big mistake. First, because, I wanted to have a pretty deck and as you see – this wasn’t gonna happen with Caine -the destroyer- getting into everything. Second, because coming home to a deck with dog poop is not my idea of a welcoming area. After finishing the walkway, we added a gate and lattice around the deck to block him in. As you see he’s all tired after destroying what he could on the deck.. smh..
Konked out!! I guess destruction is hard work..lol..(you gotta laugh at him)
Anyway, you can pretty much guess what I’m talking about. I had removed my marble top kitchen table and placed it on the deck because it was to become my outdoor table (eventually). I had been looking for chairs to pair with it but no luck. Then I remember my brother had 4 iron parlor chairs he wasn’t using (not to mention couldn’t figure which color to paint them).. so I asked for them and he graciously said yes.. (I’d like to think- I saved them) lol..
The ottoman was the inspiration kick I needed. No more Caine-the destroyer- on the deck.. He’s been moved to the larger yard with plenty of room to run around. First thing was to take care of the chairs, I painted them black to match the table base. The marble top has more of a black swirl so I opted to have black/white cushions made for the seats. That was the start of prettying up this deck.
I’d like to invite you onto my newly decorated deck. It’s a small space but just enough for what I needed.
I took a trip to one of my favorite stores, World Market, and low and behold – they had one heck of a sale going on.. 75% off summer items. The outdoor mats were marked down to $9.99 – $19.99 and I was able to get a 6×9 rug for $19.99.
It was the only one they had, so, I took my chance and bought it. It was the perfect size for the space but it also added more pops of color. I had nothing pink and yellow.. (oh well – it’ll have to work). This is where it gets crazy colorful, but, and a big BUT… I love how it looks. As you proceed, keep in mind, I had to make this shyt work..lol.. because I was on an extremely tight budget. I just wanted a pretty deck – we use this as our main entrance and I wanted something to make me smile when I come home or when guests come.
This old fish tank stand became a side table- I painted it metallic gold and the ceramic tiles were painted white. The food covers were the perfect colors for the deck. They were snagged during last year’s end of season sale and have been stored away. The metal giraffe picture was $1.99 from Goodwill.
The pineapple tray was $5.00 at World Market
The outdoor plates and cups were also on sale at World Market..
For outdoor lighting I used Christmas lights that I purchased from Goodwill for $1.00
I added the yellow pineapple lights to balance the yellow in the rug and they were also on sale at World Market for $6.25.
The pineapple candle holder was another Goodwill find for $2.99 (the top and bottom were a bit rusted so I gave it a quick spray of the Valspar Rose Gold. I had some leftover from the previous hall project
If you peeped the antique washstand, I thought it was perfect to use as a beverage cooler. It was badly rusted and in dire need of a makeover. I wanted to maintain a shabby chic look so it’s not the 100% pristine perfect look.
I used the remainder of my faux marble contact paper on the top surface. Working on this with Caine around was the most difficult task, he was steady getting into everything and wanting to nibble on my toes.. I know I’m going to have to paint it again.. but here it is now. It does look a lot better.
It’s great to have it on the deck which makes it convenient to grab a drink while hoovering over the hot grill.
The vintage ashtray took a beating over the past 2 years – so that was also given a quick new look
It brings in the blue from the ottoman base
At night, the back is lit quite nicely from the lights.
With a Decked Out deck and rest haven, I’m enjoying my backyard more and more during the day
I hope you enjoyed the tour of my deck.. I realize it’s small in space but it’s big in color. I also did a few minor touch ups in the garden and I’ll show you that soon.. I didn’t want to keep you too long 🙂 – Wishing you a fantastic week and remember – Happy hunting while you thrift your house into a home!