It isn’t always possible to replace a deck. If your budget is limited and your deck is still structurally sound, why not refresh it? There are several brands of deck products that offer full coverage for tired worn wooden surfaces. A fresh coat of paint on the railings will also do wonders! For the deck featured in this post, I used Sherwin Williams Deck and Dock SW 9126 Honed Soapstone and a contrasting color SW 7062 Rock Bottom for the trim. Both colors have a greenish tone to them and remind me of the outdoors. I was thinking of a relaxing retreat when designing this project.
This deck was previously coated with a deck restore type product that failed. The product had a lot of grit to it and was flaking off in large chunks. It did pressure wash off fairly easily. Some of the remaining chunks that held on were scraped off by hand.
After painting, it was on to decorating! Black and white décor added some nice contrast to the green tones. The rug is a plastic woven material and will not absorb water or become moldy. Since the deck is not protected by a roof, I wanted to be cautious about the material used for a rug. The hanging planters were custom made using a modified shepherds hook. The pots are just home center terra cotta pots painted white and placed in a simple macramé tied hanger.
This deck area did not have any exterior lights. I wanted to add some lighting but not undertake an extensive electrical project. A simple solution was to use outdoor string lights.
I installed a piece of conduit to act as a post at a corner of the deck. The lights were affixed to this post and the along the doorway of the home using screw in hooks. There are wireless remote kits available at Wal-Mart and similar stores for outdoor outlets. I am planning to add that to the deck so the lights can be easily turned on and off.
This project had quite a bit of DIY elements. In addition to making the macrame plant holders, I used fabric that I had on hand to make all of the pillows. Click here to see my post about making your own invisible zipper pillow covers. If you are looking for plastic outdoor rugs, Mad Mats has several styles. The rug shown here and there are other really interesting designs that would be fun to try. Here is another pretty rug.