We have had such unusually lovely weather these past few weeks here in Seattle that getting our deck prepped for summer shot to the top of our to do list. So on Saturday we pressure-washed, set up out furniture that had been under cover, and went all in for a bright and happy deck with the addition of a couple of new outdoor rugs.
So happy! While I tend to like a little more of a neutral color-scheme in our house (well, except our playroom and our current boy and girl rooms), I really like our deck to scream: SUMMER! I feel like teal and orange, with some chartreuse and yellow, just can’t be beat for making our deck a bright and cheerful place. But before this weekend, things weren’t so cheerful. Here’s what things were looking like when we got started.
Womp, womp. Our first order of business was pressure-washing the deck. Can you see all that speckled grime on the floor? Ew.
Sure, I could have scrubbed it, but pressure washing is so much better and easier (says the person who watched her spouse wield the pressure-washer). Our deck is part-fiberglass and part-Trex, so the only maintenance we have to do is pressure washing once a year. And then we can run outside in bare feet all summer long – no splinters! After cleaning the deck, we set up our sectional and other furniture in the “living room” portion of the deck.
We used pretty much the same stuff as last year in that area, but wanted to brighten up our dining area so it would be just as happy. So we purchased an outdoor rug from CB2 to go under our dining table.
Yes, it is a little small, but it is more for some added color than anything. I love that it is bright white, instead of that dingy cream/beige some companies try to pass off as white. It is plastic-y, but I think it will be much easier to clean up than our old rug. And did I mention it is bright?!
We also added another CB2 rug to go in front of our french doors leading out to the deck. This one is more subtle but still nice and cheerful.
In the summer, we spend way more time outside than inside so having our deck prepped and ready is great. And it was a welcome break from all our inside jobs (well, I got a few things done inside too … hope to share that soon). Now I just can’t wait for it to get a little warmer so we can sit outside at night under our string lights.
Anyone else get all ready for summer with some pressure washing and deck prep? Or maybe just use outside cleaning as an excuse to get away from indoor chores? Oh yeah, that is so me.
- posts for string lights – diy here
- dining table, benches, chairs – Ikea
- colorful rug – CB2 (oops, looks like it’s no longer available)
- gray and white rug – CB2
- white tablecloth – World Market
- orange dots on table – Land of Nod
- outdoor pillows – World Market
- wicker furniture – Costco, similar here