Thursday, June 9, 2011

[Transformation Thursday: 2nd Story Deck]

As promised, I am FINALLY revealing pictures of our 2nd story deck. Last year I discussed what type of style I wanted for the deck [here]. And the way it turned out has totally surpassed my expectations! My hubby did an AWESOME job! :0)


Here's what the game plan looked like, using Google SketchUp. And those double doors you see used to be where our master bedroom windows were. Yep, that's right! Our own private "balcony"!


And here is the final product! In October 2010, my husband took off a week from work to built this deck board by board. He used pressure treated top-choice pine from Lowe's in 2x6's & 2x8's, and it has held up really well through treacherous weather conditions. Using that same type of wood in 4x4's, he also built the sectional and stained the wood with a dark walnut stain by Minwax to give it some contrast.

We bought our outdoor pillows from Pillow Superstore in a sienna color. They were $39.99 for a set of 2! So we bought 4 sets to have 8 pillows in all. They are weather resistant and very comfy. I might buy a few small accent pillows in a fun pattern to give it that something extra.

We bought these outdoor bench cushions from Patio Shoppers in a polyester grasscloth tan. We needed 3 cushions since the sectional is so long.

The moment we saw this firepit at Lowe's we fell in love. It fits perfectly on our deck next to our sectional. I love the mosaic tile and the copper inlay. To eliminate having that "campfire smell", we use propane. So the coal is basically just for looks. :0) There have and will be many more 'smore-making nights by this firepit.

Across from the seating area is our little breakfast nook. This is the perfect place to share our morning breakfasts together or a enjoy sunset dinner. The off-set umbrella was purchased at Garden Ridge. We really like the fact that it can swivel from being over the breakfast nook to being over the seating area. Plus it adds a cozy atmosphere without covering up the beautiful sky too much.

The table and stools are also from Lowe's. The table is made entirely out of aluminum, so it's extra durable. The stools are made of the same material with a wicker seat. We like having 4 seats at the table for when we are entertaining. Also, the rope lights that you see under the ledge of the deck I bought at Walmart and look really nice at night. Its lights up the entire deck!

I purchased these little black lanterns a while back and knew I just had to use them on our deck. I placed a little oil candle inside to help with the illumination. I am thinking of purchasing some large tall lanterns and placing them randomly on the deck floor.

As soon as you leave/enter the deck, you will come through these white french doors. We bought them at Lowe's, and my husband & a close friend installed them. These doors lead directly into our master bedroom. I just love to fling the door open and breathe in that fresh morning air. The black wall lanterns were also purchased at Lowe's. They match our lantern downstairs on our back porch.

So there you have it! That is our 2nd story deck transformation! We love it, and it has really brought in more value to our home.

Glad you stopped by! :0)

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  1. Wow! It's beautiful! Makes me jealous. ;)
    Would love to have you link this to my sumer long party at bugaboo, mini, mr & me!

    "Life's a Picnic!" party!

  2. Wow, wow, wow... it's gorgeous!!! Great job!
    Laurie @ Gallamore West

  3. You created such a beautiful outdoor living area! Terrific job!

  4. This is terrific! I will be passing this along to my husband as a not so subtle hint.

    Would love to follow you blog but blogger is having "a moment".

  5. This turned out so great, what a fun place to hang out! Please stop by and link up to my Share the Wealth Wednesday Link Party!

  6. The deck is great - I'm so impressed that your husband built it and the sectional himself! I think that swivel umbrella is fantastic too :)

  7. Wow, your deck looks great!!! Good job!!!

  8. He did a great job! It looks so nice. I'd love to have a deck. Thanks for sharing. your newest follower. Hope you can visit me sometime soon!

  9. Wow! This is stunning!

  10. Wow! I love your deck! It looks amazing!
    Thank you so much for linking this up to {nifty thrifty sunday} last week!
    Hope to see you again this weekend!

  11. I LOVE this - it is gorgeous - my porch reveal is going up tomorrow. I love the rope light idea, I might have to borrow that - do they plug in? What section of WalMart? I also love that table set from Lowes. I want to come sit on your deck, I don't know if I would ever leave if I were you!

  12. PS - I am sharing on my facebook page tomorrow! :)

  13. Wow!! What a wonderful cozy little place for yall! I am jealous! All of it is wonderful! and your husband did a marvelous job !

  14. Such a beautiful outdoor living area! You did a great job. Thanks for sharing such beautiful pictures.
    patio deck

  15. I absolutely love the furniture! Hmm, the sketch suggests that your deck isn’t that spacious, so I’m amazed that you were able to place all those furniture with a lot of space to spare. So, how’s the deck doing now? Are you still having a good time with it? I really hope the answer’s yes!


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