Wow, talk about zero crazy Winter storms, and then BAM… Summer is here!
We like to spruce up our deck early in the season so when the warm weather does hit, we are ready for some good ol morning coffee, game nights while the sun is setting and grilling out on a weekly basis. Let’s just say, a little bit of a refresh can make a big difference!
Here is what we did!
1. Touched up with some paint
A little bit of paint did the trick! We have been using Behr’s DeckOver, and we are pleased. Our deck honestly needs to be replaced, due to weak boards. But Behr’s DeckOver is thick and does the trick until we do replace. And I repeat, that paint is like mud so be prepared when you go to apply, but that’s why we love it! Besides touching up the deck, we brought out the black exterior paint and touched up the deck arbor. It looked good as new with a couple swipes of paint!
2. Replaced chair cushions
We purchased our dining patio set (including cushions) about 4 years ago, and you can tell it has ware and tare including the cushions. It was time to swap them out for some new and bright ones. let me tell ya, I didn’t realize how expensive they are!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Holy cow! I saw anywhere from (for a mid-moderate good quality) $30+ for 1 cushion – not a set! Sets were starting at about $49+. I searched and searched, I wanted a light grey color, and a cushion where the bottom and backing were attached (making one full piece), plus it needed ties. No more Velcro! Why do I say that? Velcro was a goner in probably a span of 2 years of use.
We found these Mid back dining chair cushions through Home Depot, and we love them!!!!!!!!! Here are only a couple reasons why we love these:
- Super affordable ( $29.98 per set)
- light grey solid color
- UV resistant- fade resistant
- Ties to attach to chair
- Dry quickly after getting wet
- Form has kept with use they have gotten since we purchased them .
3. New pretty pillows
When you update your cushions I mean you need to update your pillows as well! Opalhouse line at Target hit the jackpot with these black and white throw pillows
The ivory and black are out of stock but they also were through the Opalhouse line at Target.
Our neutral pillows added some texture to our cushions!
4. Updated to a new and bright area rug
As much as I loved the pop of green on our previous area rug, the more time I spend changing my style of decor and color scheme, I’m a neutral kinda girl. So I was ready to sell the palm tree rug and swap it out for a clean, simple neutral one. Target is my go to for these kind of things, and sure enough the project 62 line did not disappoint.
Once my eyes laid on this rug I knew I needed to bring it home with me. Ava and Tucker approved as soon as it was layed down 🙂
5. Added some new clay flower pots
There is a local green house, called Frey’s and they sell some pretty cool stuff! Not only an abundance of beautiful flowers, but pots galore! I could honestly buy everything, it’s dangerous! So I encourage you to have a list of what you need and try to stick to that…. Haha that won’t happen once you step foot into a greenhouse!
I love that these pots are handmade and I love how all three go so well together!
So friends it doesn’t take much to turn a plain, blah space into something magnificent! You don’t need to do as much as what we did. The biggest thing that I think for any space that will completely change the feel and mood of a space, is paint!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! So of your on a tight budget, that is my recommendation for you to do first!
Thanks for reading, I am gunna go and enjoy my cozy deck now:)
Some of us feel pressured or encouraged to do more and more every year with all new great ideas for Christmas. And that is ok, but know it’s also ok if we aren’t up to 100% with everyone else as far as how they are decorating, what they are doing to decorate, or how much they are fully decorating.
So, this year we changed up the decor outside our home for Christmas, and I love it!!! We changed our wreaths this year to something more neutral, and honestly, I like it so much better specifically for our home.
On black Friday we zipped down to Kmart, and they had a great selection of ribbon and bows! Nine bows, and 2 spools of ribbon (I could not locate online the exact color, but it’s this exact thing but in white) for $21.44!!! That is 50% off what we would have spent. We simply attached the bows to the wreaths by using the attached wire already there and looping it around and then twisting like, a thousand times! The ribbon I cut to length and then looped around the wreaths and held through the window at the top to hold. Just the extra ribbon being held inside at the top by the window keeps them very secure during weather conditions.
The Front Porch
I will say one thing, I wish so badly that what I had was a big wrap around porch. I have probably said that in so many blogs, but it’s true! My husband and I said if we decide to stay (since we love this area so much) then we would add on, this is a must! One day!!!
Our sweet little porch looks a little different this year! Last year I added a metal bucket and placed some wood pieces in it with a lantern aside. This year I took the metal bucket away and added a super cute petite 2.5 ft, flocked tree in my barn bucket on legs. That is one that I just absolutely adore since I’ve bought it at a barn sale. Aside is a lantern with outdoor, waterproof remote controlled candles that I purchased from amazon! I’ve always had bad luck with candles going bad with weather conditions. But so far so good, they are holding strong!
A Quick Side Note!
The lantern previously was so rusted and faded from hard use. So instead of going out and buying a new one, I simply taped off the glass and used black exterior spray paint that we already had on hand.
And instead of placing the wreath on the sled this year, I just left the skates. And I am so thankful I did! It’s more simple and doesn’t look overbearing as much. I like how much more visible the skates are now too.
This year I am just so happy with how everything turned out for our porch. It’s simplicity and cuteness in one just makes me feel at ease and giddy on the inside! 🙂
Our side tree, front and side bushes have lighting on and the deer were placed.
Deer – As much as I love the deer, I didn’t like the lighting on them…. It was like a led blue undertone and it just didn’t go with the rest of our warm white lighting. So this year Peter took all those lights off and added white lighting, it made a big difference, and was easier than what we anticipated.
What’s missing??? We excluded the lit walkway this year. As much as I love it, sometimes it can be a pain. The walkway included stakes in the ground that held strands of lights that formed the brick pathway. It’s actually funny because when the dogs were let out, they would either trip or have to find a way to hop over them. So not only the time it took to put them up, but they were in the way for the dogs, so we decided to not put them up this year.
I hope you enjoyed our “Simple outdoor Christmas 2019”, thanks for reading!! Stay tuned for another blog coming your way on our indoor decor:)
I am excited to share with you something that we easily put on the back burner because we are so focused on the inside of our home (which is totally ok)! Not only should you keep up with the inside of of your home, you also need to care for the exterior of your home as well… Make it inviting, and the one to stand out on the block!!!
About a month ago, my wonderful parents lent us their pressure washer, as well as our neighbor who lent us his 10 ft. ladder and extendable brush. We are so grateful for all of our helpers! While we obviously have 4 sides to the house, more moisture gets to the north side because of the shade. In saying so, that side was getting film growth and was needing a washing! After a couple of hours power washing (which we got in right before the storm hit us), it looked good as new!
A great and helpful tip for y’all who plan to pressure wash, if your machine is quite powerful, PLEASE squeeze the trigger to allow blowing of water to the side before hitting the siding while on the ladder. If you are not cautious the power could easily kick you off the ladder.
Some of you are asking yourself, what did they do besides pressure washing? Great question. Listed are some other maintenance things that we have done:
- Cleaning windows
- Trimming plants back/replanting/weeding
- Adding mulch to flower beds
- Cleaning/repainting exterior door
- New outdoor lighting
- Clean, stain/seal decking
- Added planters
Other things you can do:
- Inspect and repair roof/gutters
- Repaint/replace the exterior siding
- Cleaning fencing
- Update furniture/padding on furniture
- Switch up decor on porch/deck
- Keep up with your landscaping
Thank you for reading! I hope you found this helpful as much as I did while writing it.
One way to increase the curb appeal of your home and make your home safer is to replace those old light fixtures with a bright, and stylish light. That could be replacing ones by your front door, at the side of an entryway, or a light pole… You can easily do this yourself!
For our home, the pre existing, outdoor light-fixtures we had were literally about to fall off. They were so badly rusted that Peter had to break some of the screws in half in order to get the old fixture down. We actually think they were the originals when the house was built, which was 1976!!! Yikes is right!
With Summer starting now, it was time to replace them. We waited and waited because we knew this would be a more costly purchase, being that we needed four lights. We searched and finally found the right fixture to fit our home! We wanted more unique and not the typical “barn light” that’s popular right now (nothing against that)! We wanted something easy to clean when needed to, something that was appealing, unique and also being the right color to go along with the house. Thanks to Amazon, we found exactly what we were looking for and it was a twin pack. SCORE!!!!!! So we purchased two, and in the future we will replace the light fixture by our patio door, but that one is still in good shape for now!
P.S. In the picture below I was so excited they arrived a day earlier than expected!!!!!!
I can’t believe we bought these lights for really $35.97 each, they are so beautiful and are great quality. I couldn’t find anything else with this similar style for less than $40 each, hey it’s a $5 difference per light but that still adds up. We are very happy with these lights from Amazon!
- Power drill / Screwdriver
- Outdoor light fixture with hardware and instructions (Here is the link to the light fixture we purchased)
- Electrical tape
- Caulk gun (highly recommend)
Installing the light fixture:
- BEFORE removing existing light, turn off the circuit breaker on your service panel.
- Replace mounting bracket -> The new light fixture should come with the mounting hardware.
- Wire the outdoor light -> Included in instructions that come with fixture
- Caulk – used as a precaution for bees building nests, and water entering the home where the hole was.
- Install the new fixture, then light on top of it.
- Turn electricity back on, and test that it works as expected.
Previously, the fixtures had a 60 watt twist light bulb, they were replaced with NEW 60 watt clear bulbs and they give off a great amount of light for our front porch and walkway, as well as outside our garage. The old were so dim, and didn’t give off much light at all, one of our front porch lights wasn’t grounded, so we actually had a fire hazard that we didn’t realize! But again we haven’t touched those lights since my husband first moved in…. so it was time!!!
So sorry for the ugly caulking around the doors, obvs the previous owners didn’t care, and just slapped it on there… GRRRRR. In the future we plan to put all new siding, and trim on, but for now we are doing the little things first. 🙂 Happy Summer y’all! And happy outdoor projects!!!