Today I’m sharing our forest facing deck and pool area in our backyard including some before and after pictures of the changes we’ve made in our outdoor space.
If I could write a Haiku poem about summer right now, it would go something like this….
How I crave your sunny days
Please come to us soon
We’ve had the worst June-uary that I can remember – it’s been cool and cloudy and rainy and, overall, just not the early summer weather we all expect and want. I remember June days in school as a kid being so warm and sunny…. we waited with baited breath to be released into the heat and freedom that was summer vacation. This year, not so much. In addition to the weird COVID version of life and schooling that has been our reality of late, the weather has also not cooperated. But we have hope… and today I’m excited to share the updates we’ve made to our back yard to prepare it for some serious outdoor enjoyment this year.
Because if we can’t really travel, we might as well enjoy our own deck and backyard in the forest…
Below is how the deck looked when we viewed the house. You can see the house was still painted yellow (you can read the details about how we painted it uber-quickly in this post). We also power-washed and gave the deck boards two new coats of stain, re-stained all the railings, and painted all of the concrete around the pool deck (see below).
Our deck furniture is all from our local Canadian Tire store – they carry Canvas Brand and this is the Jensen line. The dining chairs are also from the Canvas collection (Playa, Cabo) and we picked up the dining table (which was originally a white-ish finish) on clearance at Home Depot and I painted it black with spray paint.
I always pickup several of these pretty summer ferns when they first come out in the garden centre each spring – they are pretty easy and low maintenance (and I love how they feel like they are all you need, for only $16 each).
One big thing that sold us on this house was the forest all behind us – I know I’ve shared before about how much we love the walking trails that are developed in the forest area. We also love that it gives us such a big, beautiful green and treed backdrop. It will never be developed because it’s a combination of parkland and pond areas.
Re-staining the deck and railings made such a big difference – it feels like a brand new space.
We love that our deck feels so private, and the privacy screen (that was already here) is a big part of that. We shared how to build your own simple DIY cedar privacy screen in this post.
I also shared my DIY dollar store hat wall in this post...
The undercover area actually used to have an exterior door to it that we removed when we renovated the kitchen. When we opened up the wall between the kitchen and dining area, we realized that we could eliminate the other door leading to the deck which allowed us to create a much better layout in the kitchen. It also gave us this cozy little area for an undercover seating area.
The pool deck area was the other big transformation this year. Here it is before, with a terracotta orange concrete paint (we also replaced the too-short fence with a full 6′ black metal fence, and added landscaping with river rock and ornamental grasses).
And now, after a couple of coats of Armor Coat porch paint…
How ready for summer area you? This week, some of my blogging friends and I are sharing our summer outdoor spaces – I know you will love all this summery inspiration!
Just click on the links below the images to be taken to see their full posts.