THE SAD DECK – BEFORE
As I’ve mentioned on Facebook a few times, I’m super excited about my summer projects. Our house was brand new when we bought it and sadly that means it has next to no landscaping. Even the few plants we had have now since died. Sad.
When I see those lush rolling hills and open fields of green outside the windows of those of you who live in other parts of the country I must admit I feel a little jealous!
With a tiny new lot, that means our entire yard is pretty exposed and empty and the view into our neighbors yard from our back yard is not my favorite. But, I’m grateful to have a home. Not complaining. I just miss plants and trees!
Dead Sticks on a Trellis
Landscaping the yard is unfortunately not in the budget this year, but my back deck and front porch are going to be my summer makeover projects! I’m very excited about creating pretty, usable and enjoyable outdoor rooms to spend time this summer!
Last year I was able to complete just a little project. I added a couple of vines on trellises to our teensy tiny back deck and we enjoyed them all summer, but unfortunately those plants didn’t make it through the winter. I was left with what looks basically looks like dead brown sticks on a trellis. Pretty, huh?
Not only are our vines completely dead and all of our pots filled with the crispy remains of last year’s plants, but the cushions on our chairs are completely faded and just really yucky. And our deck just looks boring and sad.
Oh. And these. Gah. So embarrassed.
Who lives like this? Oh. ME.
Where did I go wrong?
I know, it is all pretty appalling. I almost deleted this whole post to spare myself the shame.
Our covered front porch is pretty much the same story. Only slightly better because it has a little nicer view, you can kind of see a lake from the porch and the neighbors are not as close! But still, it has dead plants.
I definitely need to spend some time outside adding life and personality to our spaces, and hopefully be able to create lovely outdoor rooms we will use all summer long.
So, yesterday, on the first day of summer (which was SUNNY and WARM) my middle daughter and I headed over to Lowe’s (who is providing many of the items for this fun makeover) to get this makeover going! We had the most fabulous time shopping, the Lowe’s team was sooo helpful!
I found some great plants and vines (lush, green and …. ALIVE things!) and some easy, creative solutions for making my decks more private and more like a real outdoor room.
I look forward to showing you what I found, what my plans are, plus a couple of really easy weekend projects! And then of course, the AFTER PHOTOS will be revealed! I’ll have the AFTERS up in the next few weeks.
Meanwhile, tomorrow, I’ll be sharing the grand finale post from the Every Day Elements Home Office Makeover!
Ha. Don’t even laugh at my pathetic green plant.
What projects are you doing this summer? And, do you have a green thumb?