A deck is that space that borders between lounging, hanging out with friends or just relaxing with family. Aside from your living or family room, this area is one of the most utilized rooms in your house. This is one good reason to spruce it up even when you’re on a budget. Whether you’re looking to refresh a tired looking deck or just want to enhance it for your next spring or summer party, there are ways to go about it even when you’re on a budget. A good mindset to start with is to take what you already have and work from there making edits little by little.
First and foremost, this is one thing you should be doing on a routine basis since a deck is exposed to different weather elements all year round. This would also be a great time to inspect loose boards, rusty nails, and rotting wood. If there are replacements needed to be done, you can either go the DIY route or get a professional to do the work for you. Take this time to decide if you want to varnish or repaint your wooden floor.
Clean your sundeck flooring by sanding and power washing it to get rid of the raised fibers. Do these on the wooden rails as well. There are a right and wrong ay of power washing. Done the wrong way, your floors could end up damaged so take the time to read up on how to properly use a power washer, or better yet get someone experienced to do it for you.
Maybe outdoor chairs and bed swings are beyond repair and needs to be replaced with a new one. Take stock of all the items on your deck and check what can be repaired and what should be replaced. Fall and winter is a good time to shop for bargain outdoor furniture. Flea markets and yard sales can be a good source as well as they sell items that are second-hand which you won’t mind putting outside. DIY projects can help you save money and will occupy boring weekends. Just look up some ideas on Pinterest for some design inspiration.
A simple change in your usual setup can make a big difference. Trading bulky furniture for smaller ones can help open up some space in your deck. If you have a roomie deck area, you can separate it into sections, one for lounging and entertaining and maybe one part for al fresco dining. Built-in storages will make a great space saving solution if your deck has a limited area. Consider adding a shade using an umbrella, a swing canopy or outdoor curtains to protect against the hot sun or blistering wind.
A good source of inspiration for your color palette is your existing furniture. You can never go wrong with neutrals accented with bursts of bright colors like red and orange. You can also choose to go eclectic or a boho theme if you have so many colors and patterns in your deck.
If your railings are already old, update it with a customized wooden rail with a contemporary design and decorative finials. Cable railing combined with wood or tempered glass can help modernize your old looking deck.
Create and set the mood by adding different sources of lights. Fairy lights never fail to make any environment romantic but you can also choose to add wall washers in different colors, step lights to illuminate the steps on your deck, or accent lights to highlight a wall feature. A ceiling fan with lights can provide air and light at the same time. You can also add decorative pendant lights for a more polished look. Adding different light sources will not only intensify the drama of your space, it will also heighten the safety and security feature to your home.