It’s week 3 of the One Room Challenge, which is about the time that I start questioning my sanity…why do I sign up for this thing?
It feels like there’s no way I’m going to get everything done in time! (Although it always seems to work out in the end).
In case you missed it, the One Room Challenge is a semi-annual event where a bunch of bloggers and designers makeover a room in 6 weeks and post their updates every week.
This year, I decided my outdoor entertaining space needed an overhaul.
The First Order Of Business
If you remember from my “before” pictures, my deck looked like it was growing an algae farm. We had a really wet winter that was cool but not very cold, and the algae was taking over.
Well, I’m happy to report that problem has been taken care of. I bet you can’t tell which half as been washed in this picture…just kidding!
Using my favorite DIY plant-safe deck wash, a deck brush and 2 days of hard labor, the deck and pergola are back to looking like wood again (except for the couple of spots I just realized I missed…I guess I’ll have to get the scrub brush out again…)
A Sneak Peek At The Cushions
After all that hard work, I couldn’t help myself. I had to try out some of the cushions on the deck.
And I love them!
Plus, I think that Azalea will have finished blooming by the end of the challenge, so I had to share a picture now 🙂
My DIY Project For The Week
I did manage to tackle one of my DIY projects this week.
Unfortunately, it wasn’t on my original “to do” list for my deck makeover. So I didn’t get to check anything off.
However, it was a lot easier and faster to do than all that cleaning!
And that was to build a trellis across one side of the deck (behind the gazebo)
I’m always afraid that someone is going to slide their chair back and go off the edge of the deck in this spot. I know it’s not very high, but still…
So I decided to build a garden screen that looks good and provides a barrier without totally blocking the view.
Plus I got to try out some more cushions and those tall jars I scored at HomeGoods.
Next Week’s Plans
My main goal for next week is to get the bar / grill area done. There’s a bunch of tiling and upholstering that needs to get started.
I found some marble-look porcelain tiles* that are rated for outdoors (and hopefully will hold up better than my original slate tiles did).
And these fabulous glass tiles* that I want to use as an accent.
Then I’ll be creating an upholstered front for the bar from white vinyl. I think the whole thing will be totally glam…which is just the way I like it 🙂
Before you go, make sure to check out all of the other fabulous designers and bloggers doing the One Room Challenge. There are over 300 participants this year so you’re sure to find some inspiration!