Besides installing a lattice underneath our deck, I haven’t posted much about our deck itself here on Paint Speckled Pawprints. Truth is, not a whole lot has gone into our deck besides a bunch of accessorizing, but even then, it’s a wonderful reveal in and of itself.
This is what it looked like when we first viewed our home in August 2011:
And here is the deck today!
We owe our family for most of what you see here. My mother-in-law surprised us with this beautiful and composite wicker table and chairs last year, which we had found on Amazon. My mom bought us the umbrella this spring, too, from Bed, Bath, and Beyond.
A little color goes a long way here. I adore the reds, oranges, and greens among the black patio furniture, white railing, and gray decking.
Evan found that lounge chair in a dumpster in college. Finally putting it to good use!
To add some greenery to the deck, I planted three majesty palms from Lowe’s along the railing. A smaller pot with a citronella plant helps keep bugs and mosquitoes away.
I installed two of these four-pot herb planters on our house’s siding to add some interest and functionality to an otherwise blank wall. These planters were only $25 each at Lowe’s.
To add pops of color and help distinguish the herbs from one another, I made simple orange and red veggie garden markers out of scrap wood and galvanized nails. Last year’s tutorial on how to make herb markers of your own may be found here
I tried to make use of all space by adding additional herb containers around the deck. Pictured below is some chocolate mint in an inexpensive window box hanger on the deck railing.
I adore these cute pots, too.
Our solar-lighted offset patio umbrella also allows us to enjoy the deck long after dark. How cool is that.
Who’s ready for a BBQ? We are very fortunate to have this deck. It is my spring and summer getaway.
What do you love about your deck?
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