How is your summer going? We had a busy week of graduation celebrations around here and everything is finally cleaned up and back to normal after our BBQ bash on Saturday. The plan was to have most of the party outside, but the weather forecast wasn’t looking so good leading up to the big day. On Friday we decided to prepare for the worst and cleaned up the garage and made it as party ready as possible. It was a good call since Saturday brought everything from sunshine to strong wind to heavy rain and hail. Not the best conditions for a party! Nonetheless, everyone had a great time and that’s really what’s important.
Prior to the graduation party, we worked really hard to finish up projects around our yard. It’s amazing how the thought of fifty people coming to your house can motivate you to get things done. If you’re finding yourself dragging your feet on home projects, plan a party and I guarantee you’ll have a little more pep in your step. I thought I’d share some of our most recent backyard updates.
One of the first projects we tackled was re-staining the deck. Although I liked the look of a darker stain, the product we used the first deck staining go-around had a bit of a red undertone. I wanted more of an espresso look, but achieving it with a semi-transparent was pretty much impossible. As well, there were certain parts of the deck that had worn down to the bare wood from our dog coming in and out, as well as regular wear and tear from the winter. It was looking pretty rough.
After much contemplation, I decided to cover the whole thing in Behr’s solid stain called Cordovan Brown. I’ve used this product in a different color for our back fence and knew it had good coverage. I’m really happy with the color result and how it makes our deck look new again.
Another change we made recently was adding new outdoor rugs to the upper and lower portions of the deck. After searching online and not finding anything in the right sizes at a low enough price point (for the few months we can actually use our deck), we decided to go with the Morum rug from Ikea in dark gray. It feels soft underfoot and adds a bit of needed texture to our outdoor space. It also protects the deck from furniture scratches (and the odd chair flying off the top deck in a strong wind and scratching the entire lower deck surface just after it was stained- let’s just say it has happened!).
To provide shade and privacy on the lower deck, we found this large offset umbrella at Target. We like that it can tilt and move from side to side to give more or less sun. The heavy base filled with water allows it to stay put, but we always put it down when the wind picks up just in case.
For much needed storage of our outdoor pillows, blankets, citronella candles, and more, we found this rattan deck box. It also doubles as a table or extra seating.
On the stone patio we now have two cedar Adirondack chairs my son built in construction class (so impressed!). I haven’t decided what color to stain them yet, but you’ll definitely see the results in an upcoming post. (I’m taking suggestions by the way!)
The last thing we did was change out the rusting builder’s grade light with a galvanized steel fixture. I love the barn-like quality of this light as well as it’s budget-friendly price point.
Now that things have settled down a bit, we’re finally able to enjoy our outdoor space. If the sun is shining, I take my afternoon break on one of the lounge chairs (that I still need to find cushions for…) and I feel like I’m in my own little oasis. Oh how I love summer!
Enjoy your day!