Ever since we did our last big DIY deck project at the old house, and moved to our new (older) house, I’ve missed the cozy feeling of a smaller deck.
The good thing about our new house is that it has a newer deck more than double the size of the old one, which is pretty rare for a downsized house/budget, but something that we were excited about.
The deck is huge. Almost too huge in my opinion (I know, first world probs, ha) I decided that it was time to add some coziness before it got too cold outside to enjoy it. And of course I needed it all to be in the $600 budget range.
Since I forgot to take before photos today (like a total blog newbie), here’s a lil before photo of the deck, but it gives you the idea. Pretty bad, huh?
We researched building our own cabana/pergola, but the end of season sales were actually more affordable than us DIYing one ourselves (and I was too scared to ask the hubby to do any more deck work, ha). Finally something we don’t have to DIY all the way. Yessss!! 🙂
It all started with two weeks of me clearance comparison shopping on cabanas and pergolas. I finally found one that we both liked for around $400, and it also had good reviews, so I ordered it. It showed up on our doorstep within a few days (love Amazon)!
Last weekend Tedgar, put it together for me, which took him about 3 hours. He actually likes putting things together! Amazing, huh?! Back off, he’s mine. 😀
And over the last week I’ve been spray painting outdoor end tables and planters, buying inexpensive pillows, clearance rugs, shower curtains, zip ties, you name it.
I was tired of our red and turquoise color palette from the previous deck, and wanted to update it all to a more clean grey with pops of aqua as inexpensively as possible.
I had a plan and I knew what I needed to make it happen. I even painted our old, faded red chair cushions to a light aqua grey. Get the complete tutorial here. 🙂
And here are way too many after photos (from daylight to dusk) of our updated deck and cabana. Sorry there are so many. I really suck at editing sometimes them down sometimes.
|These chair cushions used to be red and faded, so I painted them. More on that in a future post.|
|The grey rugs are from Lowe’s clearance, and I waterproofed them for durability.|
|PS. The shower curtains (suspended on large zip ties) and most pillows came from Big Lots!|
And more photos as dusk sets in…
|We plan on updating our fire pit and koi pond area next spring.|
I have also been eyeing this Amish made patio furniture that would look superb under the cabana.
What do you think? Feel a bit cozier to you? Anything else you would add or change? I’m all ears.
10 thoughts on “DIY // CABANA + DECK UPDATE”
How awesome is your back yard! Love this. You will have to fill me in on how to paint old cushions. We are going to put in a patio in our backyard this spring. I’ll have to come back to your blog for some decor ideas!
Thanks, Katie!! I’ll do a post on how I painted the cushions so you can see all of the steps. 🙂
Katie, I did a cushion painting tutorial on the blog today just for you. 🙂
How did you waterproof your rug??
Hi Aimie! I sprayed rustoleum never wet on it. 🙂
I sprayed a waterproofing spray on it. It actually didn’t help all that much, haha!
I love the cabana as an alternative to a screened porch, which is hard to find sometimes.
Enjoy reading you post…
Love your diy countertops ideas.
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