Checkerboard Pattern Gives Deck a New Dimension

Nicki blogs over at Sweet Parrish Place.  After having her husband power wash the deck for the summer season, Nicki decided it was still a little too ho-hum for her taste.


To add a new dimension of interest, Nicki painted a white checkerboard pattern on the deck’s wood planks!  It feels like a whole new deck, don’t you think?


Visit Nicki at Sweet Parrish Place for her full tutorial on creating a checkerboard pattern with paint!




Worn Patio Chairs to Stylish Blue Deck Furniture

At Creative Ramblings, Sarah’s deck needed a facelift for the summer.  Since she had two sturdy plastic chairs in need of a little love, Sarah freshened them up to give her deck the perfect touch.


Over years of living at Sarah’s house, the chairs had collected paint splatters and become faded in the sun.  But Sarah could tell they still had a lot of life left.  After hosing down the chairs, she painted them a bright, cheery blue!  I think they look brand new, don’t you?


Visit Sarah at Creative Ramblings for the details on her chair makeover, as well as her tips on what type of paint is best to use on outdoor furniture.

Pretty Tin Can Vertical Planter

Add Grow Creative, Elise decided that while she wanted additional planters to add foliage and color to her deck, she didn’t need them to cost a lot of money or take up a lot of floor space.  The solution?  A vertical planter made from recycled materials.


Elise saved several aluminum cans.  After washing them and removing the labels, she used a really nifty technique to put drainage holes in the bottom of the cans, without denting or changing the shape of the cans.  She sprayed the cans with outdoor paint to dress them up a bit, then attached them to the railings of her deck with wire.  With the addition of some flowering plants, her vertical container garden was complete!


You can click over to Grow Creative to get all the details on this recycled garden project.

Outdoor Pallet Bench

Ginger from Gingerly Made could no longer avoid the “pallet craze” sweeping through blog land and had to get in on the action. A birthday barbeque made for the perfect excuse to upcycle four small pallets into outdoor seating.

pallet bench

Ginger and her husband worked together to create this cozy little seating area that features a simple pallet wood bench frame and cushions. While Ginger once hated her “pitiful” deck, she now loves it!

pallet bench complete

Get the whole scoop at Gingerly Made.