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Our Backyard Updates

We’re finally able to kick back and enjoy our new backyard updates we’ve been working on the past month!

How’s your summer going? We had a busy week of graduation celebrations. 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 very 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.

Backyard Updates

Prior to the graduation party, we worked 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.

Behr Cordovan Brown Solid Stained Deck with Wicker Lounge Chairs

Staining the Deck

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.

In addition, 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.

Dark Stained Deck BEFORE
Dark Stained Deck Before

After much contemplation, I decided to cover the whole thing in Behr Cordovan Brown solid stain. I’ve used this product in a different colour for our back fence and knew it had good coverage.

It was quite a bit of work, but I’m really happy with the colour result. Made our deck look new again!

Behr Cordovan Brown Solid Stain for the Deck along with Grey Deck Box

Outdoor Rugs

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!).

Blue-Grey Indoor Outdoor Rug

Outdoor Offset Umbrella

To provide shade and privacy on the lower deck, we found this large offset umbrella in a pretty aqua colour 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.

Aqua Offset Umbrella on Dark Brown Deck

Deck Storage Box

For much needed storage of our outdoor pillows, blankets, citronella candles, and more, we found a grey rattan deck box. It also doubles as a side table or extra seating.

I think I may pick up one more to use alongside the house for extra storage. So handy!

Grey Rattan Deck Box for Storage

Outdoor 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 colour to stain them yet, but you’ll definitely see the results in an upcoming post. (I’m taking suggestions by the way!)

Update: See the stained Adirondack chairs

Cedar Adirondack Chairs and Grey Stone Patio Pavers

Outdoor Lighting

The last thing we did was change out the builder’s-grade outdoor light that was starting to rust with a galvanized sconce. I love the barn-like quality of this sconce, as well as its budget-friendly price point.

Galvanized Steel Outdoor Barn Light Sconce

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!

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Enjoy your day!

Shauna at Satori Design for Living Blog - Home Decor, DIY, Vintage Finds, Recipes


  1. Your backyard is so nice! I really like the deck stain that you chose, the dark brown looks great.

  2. Oh your deck looks gorgeous Shauna and so welcoming too!! I like the staining you did, that really spruced it up and that lamp = LOVE IT! 

  3. It looks great and that darker coat of stain really makes the deck look brand spanking new!  The colour of your umbrella is beautiful, I’m a sucker for aqua. 

  4. How lovely, the colour you chose for the deck is perfect! We are in the market for an offset umbrella, too. May have to take a drive to a Target, sure wish they’d open one in our town! 
    Debbie :)

  5. The backyard looks great!  The best part is enjoying it after the work is done, isn’t it?  

  6. The stain looks amazing! Everything looks really pulled together. Love your light fixture!

  7. Love your choice of deck stain! I’m feeling motivated to get out and spruce up my deck now, too;)

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