Hiding the Mess
Our original deck is high off the ground, leaving walking room underneath. When we bought our house, I thought that underneath the deck would be a great place for a patio sitting area. But as moves often go, a lot of junk was put under there. I eventually got it cleaned up and set up a seating and dining area. The heat made it unbearable. And it didnt take long before it got junked up again. Hiding the mess became the only solution.
We had no outbuildings at the time, so our lawn mower had to be stored here.
It was regulated to this first spot. The middle two sections were blocked by some shrubs and the last section was not totally covered and it would get rained on. So, even though the mower isn’t the most attractive decor, it claims the most prominent area.
As you can see, there are big messes under the deck. I’ve cleaned it up on a couple of occasions, but it always ends cluttered back up looking a terrible mess.
Stopping the Eye
So I have been working on ways to camouflage the messes. I have some ideas in my head that are more
expensive long term, so in the mean time, I have been working on some quick and cheap ideas. My first thought was to hang this old window on this last section and use the metal porch rails as shutters for the window.
I really liked the way it looked after Mr. Menace got the shutters hung on either side of the window. My next brilliant idea was stacking bricks into a faux wall underneath the window. I got them about 1/2 way stacked and then realized that I needed to change something in the way I was doing it. So I started over. This time it was working great and as I stepped away to take a look ….
Crash, boom, bang! The wall fell. And it fell again. And a third time before I gave up. I did not want to permanently attach them so I decided I should just go a different route.
First I added my solar lights.
Creating an Outdoor Room
Then I moved my swing into the newly created outdoor room. (after I moved all the fallen bricks of course)
And already things look better! The piles of junk under the deck are not nearly so obvious now!
The window definitely needed a curtain!
I took the window down and turned it over to the back side.
Starting in the corner, I stapled the curtain at the top and then all the way down the left side because I didn’t want it billowing outside the edges of the window when the wind blows.
Then skipping about an inch or two, I folded the curtain to form a pleat and stapled it at the top, right on the fold. I didn’t do any measuring to get it completely even, but I did then go to the middle of the window and staple the end of the left curtain
exactly in the middle of the window and then worked from both directions to get a semi- even distribution of folds.
I then repeated the process from the other side with the second curtain.
So far , so good!
A Simple Shade Cover
I have been planning for ages to replace the swing’s shade cover that had rotted years ago, but had just never gotten around to it. My idea was to use a twin size dust ruffle or bedspread that I purchased from the thrift store.
The dust ruffle was slightly too wide, so I pinned it up to where it fit the shade cover bar.
I am quite pleased with the look! I almost don’t notice all the clutter hidden behind. The shade cover does hide my window though, so I have not decided if I will leave it there or move it down. My next step I think will be to try exchanging places with the swing and the potted plants.
What do you think of my clutter disguise that only cost $3.99 for the dust ruffle?