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DIY's On The Deck With Nicole

It's finally summer! Well, the first day of summer wasn't the most pleasant weather, but it helps the grass and flowers grow, right? 

We love summer because summer time = deck time! When we purchased our Stone's Prestige Home, we moved in around mid-October, so that left us with lots of time to plan for the style of a deck we wanted. Our home has a backdoor entry and also a walk-out basement, giving us lots of space for a great deck. 

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The deck itself was a DIY - my partner John and his friends spent a weekend building the space, I, of course, supervised, and planned decor. Our deck has lots of DIY touches that make it a really inviting space that continues to grow season after season. We recently added a tabletop fireplace, which is fueled by the smaller camper-style propane tank and fits through the umbrella hole on your table (Unplanned DIY: Our table didn't have a hole, so we have to drill a spot for it!)

Now, everything on the deck isn't a DIY, in case you're wondering how we constructed a patio set from scratch - that was a purchase (though required some assembly!) but we have lots of DIY elements to our space:

  • String lights on poles. Lights really add to a space, so you can use it way past sundown. We purchased some poles, added brackets to create a frame of lights on the back portion of the deck, and I have to say, they look absolutely perfect when the sun is setting and into the later evening.
  • Pots and planters. I was able to find some great spherical planters, and to no surprise, they've changed colors every season. This year, I decided to paint them a matte black to match the rails of the deck. This was of course done with a quick coat of spray paint but allows for changing themes, trends, and tastes for year-after-year decor. I don't identify as a green thumb but have slowly over the years expanded my knowledge to ensure we have lots of greenery and flowers on our deck.
  • A bottle opener. A simple $3 enhancement to the deck which is great for parties and BBQs when you can't find that bottle opener. We simply adhered that to the deck, so it's always ready, and you never have to go looking for it.
  • A gate closure. My handy dad helped with this one - he purchased a gate kit which allows for privacy on the deck, makes us a little more comfortable from a safety perspective, and of course keeps the pup in so he too can enjoy the space. 
  • Roadside plant stand. You may have read about this little upgrade on a former post, but if not, check it out here: From trash to Fab With Nicole
  • Re-purposed decor. A few of my plants are in baskets and bins I found at second-hand stores - it's always great to grab when you spot them because you never know when you need them. Baskets are also great to throw some blankets in if you're having anyone over for an evening on the deck. It's also nice to have cute drinkware, trays and even coasters on-hand to bring the inside out, and extend your home's living space.

Now, a DIY'ers job is never done. My #deckgoals? Outside screen for movie nights on the deck, maybe a pergola for some added shade. For now, we will enjoy our space, and keep on dreaming and keep on DIY'ing!

Cheers to summer and spending lots of time on your deck!

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Nicole Leblanc HeadshotAbout Nicole
Hi, I’m Nicole! My partner John and I have owned a Stone’s Prestige Home for over 3 and ½ years, and we love our space! With a passion for DIY, I’ve had so much fun personalizing and really making our space our own. I love to craft and get creative, and like all DIY’ers, I’ve had my fair share of fails. I’m excited to share ideas, inspiration, and projects, and a few tips along the way to help you along your DIY journey!

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September 28, 2022