Thursday, July 16, 2009

The details of the deck.

OK, well if it tells you anything, it's midnight and I'm just now posting because I've spent the evening on the deck again. One of my best friends came over tonight to chill outside with us and we ended up spending three hours out there. Ahhhh...heaven.

I wanted to show you some of the details of the transformation so maybe you can grab some of these deals while you can. This is the only good thing about the summer stuff disappearing in July -- clearance baby. Run! Don't walk!!

The first deal was the lights I got for the pergola. They were in the Smith and Hawken section at Target, on clearance for $10 a set:

What kills me is I've had a set of these for years, but took them apart and don't know where I put the lights. (I used the twine balls for filler inside.) Ah well, $10 each isn't too bad.

I hid the extension cords down the columns by spray painting the cords (ummm...is that allowed??) and then using little bits of cord covers I spray painted as well. No one will never notice them:
I have to take care of the little details like this. It will drive. me. mad. otherwise.
The lighting on the table is simple, 50 cent Ball jars from Goodwill, filled with sand:
They had to be Ball jars -- in homage to my alma mater Ball State University! (Double pound to the chest.)
My little jars were in the dollar spot at Target a few months ago. Oh, how I love you dollar spot:
Kisses to you dollar spot. Hugs. Smooches.
The deck box is double the size of our old one and was another Goodwill find for $30. That's a lot for a Goodwill purchase for me, but this would be more than $100 in the stores:
Can I mention how perfectly it matches the brown paint? I mean, it was meant to be folks. I did a little happy dance when I found it. Over a deck box. Issues.

The rug was $13 (I think) at Lowe's -- love it! It was my color inspiration. Just wish it was a tad bit bigger:
The pots I already had and the flowers were clearanced out because they were about to die. (Look for these -- they just need water!) Did you know you can use stain on plastic? You can!:
I stained these years ago to make them a bit deeper and they've held up perfectly. Took about five minutes each.

The new light was from Lowe's and was $22:
Adorable!
These shutters were so easy I promise any of you could make them:
AND unbelievably cheap. I wanted them to match the cottagey shutters we have on the front of the house so they needed to be uber rustic. I found the perfect materials -- fence posts!:
They were something like $1.68 each and were six feet tall, just slightly shorter than what I needed. I used three on each side for the double windows and two on each side for the single window:
I just cut pieces of the posts to the size I needed and measured one foot from the bottom and top:I used liquid nails and a nail gun to attach the slats, but you could use nails and hammer them together. If you make your measurements, Lowe's or Home Depot would make your cuts for you. I love the detail at the top:
The planters were from Goodwill. Surprised? No? They were $2.99 and started out like this:I spray painted them with outdoor paint and they ended up like this:
I don't know if I'll plant anything in them this year or not. I may go ahead and do it because I know flowers will completely finish off the space. Loverly.

I hate when I love Walmart. I really do. I can't stand that place, but always find something I must have. Ugh. These were TEN BUCKS each on clearance:
Can you even believe it??? I'm sure I'll find a great spot for them inside during the winter too. Adorable. For now, I've just put tea lights in them:
Our "summery" pillows were from Wally World as well, for $10:
Just don't go buy any at my Walmart -- I need to go get a couple more. Back off!! Please.

Our tables are really plant stands. I didn't want to spend much and I didn't want them to be huge. These are perfect at $12 each:
I bought the cork thingamabobbers to put inside for a flat surface and they work great! I tied them down to make them a little more sturdy:
And for entertaining outside, you need plastic that looks like glass to drink cool beverages out of. These perfectly ca-uuute glasses were on clearance at Meijer for $1.25 each!:
No evening outside is complete without Summer Beer (at least for me this summer) -- it's soooooo good people! Equal parts Diet Squirt, light beer, tequila and one can limeade or lemonade concentrate. Amazing! I hate anything diet and detest beer, and this is my most favorite drink ever!

Many of you asked about the furniture and the pergola -- the furniture was from Craigslist and the seller got it through Amazon.com I believe. The pergola was from Menard's, but we only found two left and had to call two stores. So if you have one nearby, call NOW!!

Have a great weekend! I'll be back later with a big announcement I can't wait to share with you all! It won't be a big deal to you, but it is to me. And NO, I'm not pregnant! :)

57 comments:

  1. ~GORGEOUS Sarah!
    Love every-single-detail!
    The new pillows look great and the dollar store glasses are precious.
    ~Enjoy it! :)

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  2. Oops! I meant Mejeir. I miss that store. We lived in Ohio for a few years and shopped there alot. We don't have them in NC.

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  3. wow. I am so impressed! It looks AMAZING! Do you want to come over do MY deck?? I did some stuff to it when I moved in, but since then...4 years later...it is now a place for the dog to walk through to the grass!

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  4. AMAZING! how do you do it!
    blessings,
    aimee

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  5. OK. I've been looking for an answer to that "is it even legal to spray paint cords" question that you asked for a long time, and never found a definitive answer. If your pergola burns down, or anything, will you let me know, so I know not to paint mine. :-)

    Must show hubby your shutters! I have been wanting to do something like that on a few of our windows. You make it look so easy!

    Everything looks fabulous! I can't wait for it to cool down here, so we can enjoy our outdoors again!

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  6. Wow wow wow... gorgeous! I'd live out there too.

    How did you attach the shutters to your vinyl siding? They look awesome!

    Donna

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  7. Aghh! I love it all! Makes me want to come over and hang on your deck! I want some summer beer too! I've never heard of that! I don't know what diet squirt is though... is that really the name of a drink or are you being cute? haha

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  8. It all looks great! I love the outdoor light (Lowe's) and I would have joined you in a happy dance over the precise color match of the deck storage box. Sometimes the joy is in the details . . . for therapy there is blogging!LOL. Have a great day!

    Sydney

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  9. I don't get a chance to comment often on your posts...but this one is one of my FAVORITES!
    We live outdoors in the Summer, and I was looking for a way to make our deck more inviting...yours looks so inviting and relaxing. I can see why you and your friend stayed out there for so long!
    Have a great weekend and thank you for sharing this with us!

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  10. I love outdoor spaces and you have done an amazing job with your deck! My Hubs and I built one back in the day on our 2nd and then also on our 3rd houses. Fun!
    For more pillows, Pottery Barn has their outdoor pillows on sale for 15.99 each, not too bad. They are nice outdoor fabric and have some red ones (and also green and blue)if you need.
    I love your frugal-ness!

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  11. oooh, I like the idea of the tea lights in the jar w/sand!

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  12. Love the deck!! I was wondering if you could tell us the brand and name of the stain that you used. I have a hard time picking stain when at the store.

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  13. Everything is just gorgeous! Love it all :) Hope you enjoy many fun times out there! Have a great weekend :)

    ~Michelle

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  14. So, SO beautiful, Sarah! I really reeeeeaaaally hate Wally World too, but I have been finding some not too shabby stuff there lately, esp. from the Better Homes & Gardens line. I got some cute creamy colored paper lanterns (10 on a string) on clearance for $7.

    I am taking notes here! T promised, swore he'd build our deck next weekend. I'm hosting a bridal shower on 8/1 and I want to be able to go outside if they want to. Our deck is only going to start out as a platform type thing (doesn't even need steps, I don't think), but it's better than dirt! ;)

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  15. I kind of purse my lips when I consider Walmart myself, but sometimes you do find some interesting things in there for a good price. They actually saved me one time when I needed just one more white wood rod for a client job early the next morning, and I ran in there the evening before.

    Your deck looks fantastic. I can't believe you did those shutters and I love them.

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  16. If the backside of my casa looked like this, I might even brave the Texas Gulfcoast heat and humidity to just sit out and admire it! Everything is gorgoues! (And for the record, Casa St. Michael's backside looks like . . . well, a backside! Ahhh, a project for the cooler months!)

    Grins,
    Pamm

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  17. your deck looks fabulous! im loving every bit of it!

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  18. Oh my goodness, LOVE it all! My poor little deck looks like crap! Oh well, gotta get the inside done first! :)

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  19. Thank you for sharing all the details. You know we want the complete scoop. Yum, yum. The whole thing looks wonderful. I'm proud of you! :)

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  20. Did I miss it or did you tell us where you bought the pergola? It is perfect for my deck problem.

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  21. so inviting and warm! it all looks great! I love the warm glow and simplicty of the tea candles in the jars with sand! I may have to that one, since I have all those items. THANKS for sharing!

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  22. sorry... "I may have to do that one"..

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  23. Very creative, and you are also a very nice looking woman (but I digress).... I love your ideas, and will now start shopping for items at the Goodwill stores by me... I also have a pergola that needs some lighting, and decorating...thanks for the tip.... and keep smiling....smiling faces are always more attractive!

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  24. Can I come hang out on your deck?? It's awesome! We're in the middle of cleaning ours right now, it's a mess. Ours has bench seating around it so I've never put anything else on it (other than a little tykes house!) but I'm thinking of adding some touches like yours.

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  25. so cute. could you do a tutorial on the shutters. Love them

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  26. Love your deck! I wish we could go outside in the evening, but it is over 90 degrees at 9 p.m. in my neck of the woods (Longview, TX). Will have to try your summer beer recipe. Sounds yummy!

    Cheryl

    p.s. We used icicle Christmas lights around our pergola...for those rare nights outside (starting @ October ;).

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  27. Oh how I love every part of your space! I wish I could find the stuff you do at goodwill...I go there all the time...thinking what could I do w/ this...but i leave with NOTHING! ahhh.... you are inspiring!

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  28. What a beautiful area to relax in and I love your drink idea. I love a "shandy" sometimes, it's part beer part 7-up. It's an English concoction for the ladies...much more refreshing than beer.
    Do you mind if I link to this post? I have an outdoor room blog party at the end of the month and this is perfect for that.
    Have a great Friday!

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  29. This looks like the courtyard of my favorite hotel!

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  30. I love reading your blog and all of your ideas, but when I saw you went to Ball State I loved it even more! I graduated from there in 2005...go Cards!

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  31. Great job on finding all of these bargains! I'm working on finding things for when my husband and I find a house in the next year. It's so exciting to know that these bargains are out there! Thanks!

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  32. Enjoy every precious moment you can get out there on that deck! It looks FAB

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  33. Deck looks great! We live in Vegas- no deck :( Major bummer. We drink summer beers, ahem..a lot(my mil can't read your comments, right?) Anyhoo, our drink of choice for the summer is very similar. 1 large glass, 1 shot vodka, bit of light beer, fill to top with lemonade. They are yummy-the neighbors come running to the house when it's hot out!

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  34. I'm so jealous! Our deck came with the house & is coming apart. No money to rebuild it yet but I'm saving. We don't have a Menards down here & I haven't seen anything like in any stores in the area (Houston).

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  35. I'm so jealous! Our deck came with the house & is coming apart. No money to rebuild it yet but I'm saving. We don't have a Menards down here & I haven't seen anything like in any stores in the area (Houston).

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  36. LOVE the decor re-do! Amazing transformation! I tagged you on my blog.

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  37. Thank you SO much for all the details, especially on the shutters! We have shutters on the front of our house (but not the back) and I've been wondering about doing something like this ourselves, now I'm inspired by yours because they look so fantastic!

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  38. looks great! i love hanging around outside in the evenings during the warm months and this is the first year in a long time i have an area in which to do it! i've been using a plant stand as a table too...but couldn't find anyting to fit inside. where did you get the cork thingamabobby, do you know? i know i won't get everything i want for my deck this year, but you've inspired me to check goodwill & clearance aisles, just in case!

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  39. I love everything. If I had a deck like that, I'd spend a lot of time out there too! :) I have a nice patio area off the back door that I want to decorate. You are very inspiring. Thanks!

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  40. Brilliant what you did with the "shutters" - I am totally floored, I mean fenced, by that. LOVE it. And I have to run out an by the supplies for that cocktail you featured cause it looks goooooooooood.

    Kate

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  41. Oh gosh! I just LOVE those shutters. I tell ya I'm in love. My poor hubby is thinking I'm just crazy with all these new ideas I keep finding. Keep em coming!!!

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  42. Your deck is my new inspiration! I really need to do something cute with my plain concrete patio and you've given me some great ideas! Thanks!

    Just stopped in from SITS to say hi

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  43. Love your deck! Great deals, I must hit Target tomorrow!
    AND Wow! You went to Ball State?? My husband is an alumni, too! So are you from Indiana? I'm guessing you don't live in the midwest now, just with all the fabric on your deck.
    Love your blog!

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  44. The fence post idea is brilliant!!! Your deck is gorgeous.

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  45. Looked up Diet Squirt...on the internet, it is something we do not have in Canada...what would be like it in a soft drink?
    The summer beer sounds really good...
    Love your deck and everything you did, wonderful!
    Thanks CarolAnn

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  46. Love all the details and I lover your blog! Ive been wanting to put lights on our pergola but didnt know what to do about the extention cord. Spray paint is perfect. And as for the summer beer I think I need some of that as its was around 115 here today. Could you explain a little more how you make them? You said equal parts but how much? And do you use the whole can of limeade? Thank you :)

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  47. THANK YOU for sharing how you made your shutters. I think that is definitely something my hubby and I can tackle!

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  48. This deck gets better with each passing photo, really a masterpiece!

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  49. I feel the same way that you do concerning Walmart, but I really do like your lanterns :)

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  50. Those lanterns from Wal-Mart will look great during the holidays sitting among greenery.

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  51. LOL!

    #1 everytime I say to someone "guess what..." or "you're never going to believe this..." or "i feel sick to my stomach..." they always respond with "you're pregnant!" so your last statement made me giggle!

    #2 i can't believe you found that awesome deck box at GOODWILL! i have never found anything that good there; i am so jealous! we REALLY need one for our backyard, but i can't bring myself to drop that much cash on one!

    kudos to a beautiful job on your deck.

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  52. Wow, what great finds. I love the shutters and those laterns. I've held back on buying any, but I'm afraid all the summer laterns will be gone if I wait too long. Your deck looks gorgeous.

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  53. What a great space! Love your DIY shutters.

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  54. OMGosh! That deck is so fabulous. I wanna hang out there!

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  55. You are my hero. I love the shutters, and our plain white siding desperately needs some. I thought I'd be waiting forever to afford to have someone put some up for me. I'm going to make yours, thanks so much! Can I ask a stupid question? How do you put them up on the actual siding? Do you just nail them into the siding?

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  56. Hi Sarah I had to come by and visit your blog via Rhoda. I wanted to see your shutters also!! Your back deck looks wonderful and so inviting. I can see why you and your friend spent so much time back there. It is fun being mentioned on Rhodas post together. Nice to find your blog. I am going to go and look around, so far it looks great!! Happy Wednesday,Kathysue

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