The back of our house has a great deck! Beautifully made and gorgeous wood! But we never use it. It is sufficatingly hot out there during the summer. And there is no comfortable furniture. I am working to fix both of these problems and I thought you might have some ideas to help me.
I was very excited about the back deck when we bought our home. I was excited to decorate it and start living out there! In fact, the day of our closing, we took our air mattress over to the house and slept on the back deck! And during mild temperatures, and a/c outages, we have slept out there on several occasions.
Decorating the deck has been fun. I found these two bar stools at a yard sale for $5 each. And these two cane back chairs at the thrift store for $10 each. Of course they all had to be painted. (ps. They call me the spray paint Queen! I think I have every color of Rust-oleum that Home Depot carries.)
I am not happy with the decor yet. I want a couch or a lounge chair or a sectional or SOMETHING we can lay down on. Plus, it needs paint. It is SO dark. And while I love the wood, it needs to be lighter and brighter.
Here are a few of my inspirations:
The deck in that last picture looks remarkably like mine! I love how bright it is. And now, here are some pictures of my deck right this minute. Dirt, shoes, and all.
In the last picture you can see the dark brick wall, the dark wood shingles above it, the dark wood ceiling, the dark wood floor and the dark wood surrounding the screens and the railing.
Now, I need help. Any hints? What would lighten and brighten it up the best, without painting every single piece of wood?