Last week on Instagram I shared the behind-the-scenes and full reveal of our back deck and decor, including a cool DIY planter/string light pole combo. Gah! I love it so much. You can see the DIY planter process in action here.
When we moved in, we had a teeny deck. In fact, it was really just a small unstained wooden platform with stairs leading down to the grass. As a result, I made our front porch a little outdoor oasis. It came in handy during the pandemic stay-at-home orders. A little “outdoor living room,” if you will! See my most recent refresh here.
But my real dream was to have a nice deck out back. There’s a pretty tree line and the sounds of birds chirping! I wanted a nice place to spend my morning quiet time in the spring and summer. I also longed for a place to entertain!
While I really enjoy doing DIY, a deck was something that I didn’t feel equipped to tackle. I wanted this to be done right, and I wanted it to be safe! So, we found a contractor that our neighbor used, and I started shopping for the materials I wanted.
Ultimately I went with Fiberon in the color “Cabana.” It is a nice medium-toned gray color that pairs nicely with our cool-toned brick, gray siding, and white trim. I purchased mine from McCabe Lumber here in Ohio but I believe the brand can be found at many local and national chains.
After completing the deck, the first thing I did was order seating to create the living room portion. This seating set is from Walmart, believe it or not! The covers are treated, and removable for washing. After the first couple of washes, I use Scotchguard for continued protection. All the details and the planters on that side are here in this blog post.
For the umbrella, new light fixture and set of three white planters, I ordered from Wayfair. The umbrella is solar powered for lighting, although I honestly thought the lights would be brighter and I don’t use them. The thing I like the most is the shape and size of the umbrella. It is a large rectangle which is perfect for the table. I also found another identical one on Amazon, and they also had identical planters on Amazon, too!
We also did our own DIY planter/light pole project, and you can see details below.
We used Fiberon in the color “Cabana.” Online it reads more brown but in real life it is more gray to me. Order a few samples so you know for sure. For the railing I chose one from the lumber place, but the contractor was able to find a less expensive version from Preferred Aluminum Railing. We used 3.5’ x 3.’ posts and 6’ length rails.
With labor and materials, our deck total was approximately $12,000. It is an investment but it’s one I know we will get a lot of use out of, plus helps with the value of the home.
This was funny because it was not something I considered and I had just experienced the answer moments before seeing this question. It was 90 degrees and the deck was HOT! It’s not a deal-breaker for me, but yes. The rug under the seating and the umbrella really help!
Where are your small planters on the coffee table from?
Those and the ones on the wall are from Walmart, sourced in this post: https://annamaegroves.com/how-to-create-an-outdoor-oasis/
The furniture is all treated so I usually just flip the cushions before the rain and then brush everything off when the rain stops. I also scotchguard fabrics after a couple of washes. I plan to get covers for everything! For the Planters, we will more than likely move them into the garage during the winter.
For the DIY planters, I found a couple of great tutorials on Pinterest (Here and Here) where I got all of my tips from. For mine, I wanted a sleek look, so I got my 19” black planters from Lowes. In retrospect, I would have gone for planters with a wider base because they can get a little tipsy. I put small rocks under the sides to keep them in place and it works great. But if you can, definitely look for containers with a wider base.
For the extension, I added hooks to the side of my house to pull them in and make them look a little neater.
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