A Porch to be Proud Of {Updating our Deck Furniture}

Hey everyone,

 If you remember MONTHS and MONTHS ago, we used to have all our deck furniture in a deep red. And though, I’m always partial to that color, I wanted to update the deck and give it a real face lift. Plus, the spray paint I used didn’t adhere well to the old, vinyl straps. So after two years, it was peeling pretty horribly.

So originally, I decided to paint the table and chairs in a bright blue. Scott wasn’t happy with the thought of MORE BLUE in the house, or around the house for that matter, so I decided to mix it up.

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Can’t go wrong with a bright blue! Can go wrong with spray painting while the outdoor unit of your HVAC is on (sorry dude). I painted the table and two chairs blue and the other two chairs went bright green.

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A little blue, a little green. What perky colors to see through our kitchen window!

These colors matched the plant stands I painted a few weeks ago, which made the whole deck look like a cohesive space. Plus, my grandmother gifted us a fun and funky umbrella for the deck, which also incorporated all the colors and more! I’m still searching for an orange color to repaint our white plant stand. It needs a little perk. But with our happy new window boxes that hang off the deck and all the flowers in full summer bloom, I think our deck looks pretty good!

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See! Even Truman is satisfied with the changes.

 

XOXO,

Ashley

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Green Thumb, Homegrown {Potted plants and garden update}

Hey ya’ll!

I must be on some sort of break to be posting in the middle of the week! I’ve recently been working with my grandmother on updating all the potted plants around our deck. They looked a little sad before, reminiscent of the commercial where the girl kills all her potted plants until she finds a certain potting soil. I had pots stacked in pots, old soil sitting and waiting for a new inhabitant, and then the very sad, burned up evergreen. It definitely wasn’t forever-green after our horribly hot summer last year. Many of my other potted friends didn’t make it through the summer, either. They have to be VERY hardy and take more than just full sun. Our deck is not only always sunny, but it takes in a ton of heat, so the flowers have to be okay with dry soil from time to time. My previous choices, with the exception of three plants, didn’t make the cut. I will spare you the pictures of the sad, dried up variety and only provide you with the happy, finished product ones! This is mostly to appease my own vanity, as I now can’t believe I left our deck looking so sad and dry when it looks so happy now.

 

 

Best plant in this picture: My great-grandmother's rose bush is in the top, largest pot. This little lady has moved with us twice, but has lived at many other houses. She's a resilient plant.

Best plant in this picture: My great-grandmother’s rose bush is in the top, largest pot. This little lady has moved with us twice, but has lived at many other houses. She’s a resilient plant.

 

This is when a plant rack doubles as a little scenery diffuser. Our neighbors are very close and very cluttered. You know how I feel about clutter. By putting this many post (nine on the shelves, one on the stand and one on the ground), I've diffused that view from our back door. Thank goodness.

This is when a plant rack doubles as a little scenery diffuser. Our neighbors are very close and very cluttered. You know how I feel about clutter. By putting this many post (nine on the shelves, one on the stand and one on the ground), I’ve diffused that view from our back door. Thank goodness.

 

Well, townhouses are quite close to their neighbors, aren't they? We have darling neighbors on this side, so no need for privacy there. Just one stand and two big guys on the ground.

Well, townhouses are quite close to their neighbors, aren’t they? We have darling neighbors on this side, so no need for privacy there. Just one stand and two big guys on the ground.

 

And if some of these plant stands look familiar to you, it’s because we’ve used and reused them so many different times. They were originally purchased from Ikea as barstools in our first apartment. When we moved back to our hometown, we no longer had a bar that needed stools, but we did have a garden that needed stands! I painted them black and placed them in the garden. They moved to this house in their black form and even stayed that way for two years. But after several years of wear and tear, they needed a little love.

 

Yeah, that's just not cutting it.

Yeah, that’s just not cutting it.

 

So, with lots of cleaning, elbow grease, and a left over can of spray paint. These two stools got a little love and a brand new life in bright green and bright blue. I actually like that they don’t match, because that leaves room for my old smoking table to also get a facelift.

 

This was from my great uncle's house. We're not smokers, nor do we need a "smoking table" in our home. But its strong metal base and larger top made it a perfect plant stand. After a winter outdoors it started to crumble, rust, and just look awful. It needed several coats of bright blue love, but it looks amazing now.

This was from my great uncle’s house. We’re not smokers, nor do we need a “smoking table” in our home. But its strong metal base and larger top made it a perfect plant stand. After a winter outdoors it started to crumble, rust, and just look awful. It needed several coats of bright blue love, but it looks amazing now.

 

So our deck of flowers is really coming together! Just in time for spring to almost be over. Yikes, where does the time go? I still have plans for a few flower boxes on the railings of our deck and one more big pot to be filled and placed. I’ll have to update about my little garden next time. It has some work coming its way too!

 

XOXO,

Ashley