Tuesday, May 22, 2012

"Deck Addition Completed", Just in Time for Summer!

Tuesday, May 22, 2012

Deck Addition Completed", Just in Time for Summer!

Today, I would like to share with you my newly stained Deck Addition with its new Patio Furniture and Container Plants.

Last year, as you all know who have followed my blog, my better half and I decided to have our decks expanded.  The old decks wrapped around the one side and back of the house and were narrow;  not giving much to outdoor entertainment and enjoyment of our wonderful wooded ravine and stream.  So, upon signing a contract for the work to be done, it took our contractor pretty much all last summer to complete.  And, having to wait until this year to stain the new part, it is finally finished for use this Summer.  I parted with my back shade garden for the project.  Now, there is sun on the deck for around 6-7 hours.  Enough for plants for sun to be grown.

Last weekend I spent Saturday and Sunday mixing planting soil, filling 15 containers, going back to the garden center for more soil and some specialty plants and finally finished the project in time to be able to sit on our new patio furniture  mid Sunday afternoon and enjoy the great outdoors! I was able to incorporate the three left over bags of composted manure into the planting soil to enrich it with.

Our new patio furniture set is from Home Depot, a Martha Stewart Living set.  We purchased it in February of this year before everything got picked over.  It got great reveiws online and the metal bases are rust proof, cushions are waterproof, etc. We were very pleased with it.  And, it is very comfortable.  I purchased the end table as an extra piece.

The white chairs and tables are from our old set that we have had for 20 years.  The little bistro table on the upper deck of the original part was a purchase at a K Mart store that was closing about 10 years ago.  Still in pretty good shape.

The chaise lounge with blue pad is from our old set and it is used by my sun worshipping better half.

My husband stained the deck with Behr's Deck Stain in a grey color.  It covered so well, that you cannot tell the old deck from the new.  Took about 2 days to stain.

The mandeville vine in the large container was a buy at only $21.00 at a local grocery store.  You always need to repot them into a larger container and wigwam them for the vines to have more room to grow.  If you want, you can just let the vines grow along your deck rails and take hold.  As they are considered an annual up north in zones 5-6, you need to just pitch it in late fall.  I have tried taking them inside to winter over.  They always lose all  their leaves within a month and make a real mess.

The wooden picnic table with four benches was purchased when we first moved into our home over twelve years ago.  It was our Anniversary Gift that year.  It is very large and sturdy and seats from 8-12 people pretty confortably.  It now sits on the upper tier of the original deck.  We have used it several times in the past week as the weather has been just gorgeous here in Northeast Ohio.

The whole deck is now so much more enjoyable with it enlarged and new comfortable patio furniture installed.  Our wooded ravine and stream provide a constant water sound as do the birds with their cheery vocals all day long.  At night, you can hear the tree frogs take up the chorus. 

I don't know about you, but we are going to really enjoy our Summer this year!

Until next time.

Garden Gate Designs

Don't forget to stop and check out my ArtFire Shop at: www.gardengatedesigns.artfire.com.  My FAB HALF PRICE SALE is going on until May 31.

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