Decked Out for Summer: Thrifty Ideas for Decking Out Your Deck

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There is just something about June.

Those last few weeks before summer begins.

School is winding down to a close.

The days are getting warmer and longer.

We start spending all kinds of time outside… playing, dining, relaxing.

And one of our favourite places to spend time outside is on our lake view deck.

All Decked Out for Summer Our Summer Deck at The Happy Housie whole deck

I love our deck to feel like an extension of our house: bright, cheery, cozy, colorful, and fun.  Because it is outdoors and there is so much natural light, it is the perfect place to experiment with mixing bright and fresh patterns and colors.  I like to use lots of white and neutrals (like the brown furniture) to balance out all the hits of color.

Nothing on our deck was very expensive.  The furniture in the seating area all came from Jysk.  It is a hardwood that I stained a dark brown to match the resin wicker coffee table and side table.  We have a dining table that is part of the same series… it also used to be brown but I painted it out white this year (more on that later).

The seat cushions came from Jysk as well and used to be striped blue – I made some new covers for the seat pillows this year using white indoor/outdoor fabric and by following my DIY envelope pillow tutorial.

I also made some new bright throw pillows using the same tutorial; most of them are made with Premier Prints indoor/outdoor fabrics – very inexpensive!

All Decked Out for Summer Our Summer Deck at The Happy Housie view to lake

I found the rug on a great sale at Target – it is also an indoor/outdoor rug.  It was normally over $60 for the 5×7 and I got it on sale for just over $30. Yay!  I love the navy chevron pattern – and it adds a nice soft touch to the deck.  Hard to believe that it is designed for outdoors – the instructions even say you can clean it off using a garden hose!

All Decked Out for Summer Our Summer Deck at The Happy Housie overall seating area

I made the succulent planter out of an old colander last year, and the only new piece on the coffee table is the large blue lantern that I picked up at Target.

All Decked Out for Summer Our Summer Deck at The Happy Housie coffee table vignette

I snuck a little bright pink into our pillow scheme this year… I am majorly crushing on pink and coral these days.

All Decked Out for Summer Our Summer Deck at The Happy Housie seating area

All Decked Out for Summer Our Summer Deck at The Happy Housie DIY envelope pillows

All Decked Out for Summer Our Summer Deck at The Happy Housie chair

Our seating area is on one end of the deck and down the other end is our dining area.

All Decked Out for Summer Our Summer Deck at The Happy Housie view of lake

All Decked Out for Summer Our Summer Deck at The Happy Housie full deck

All Decked Out for Summer Our Summer Deck at The Happy Housie with envelope pillows

I found this little side table at a garage sale for $2 and freshened it up with a coat of Ocean Breeze spray paint.  The X and Y were on clearance at Home Sense for $5 each and I gave them a new look with the same paint.  It makes the perfect spot to have some beverages out and ready for guests when they arrive.

All Decked Out for Summer Our Summer Deck at The Happy Housie serving bar drink station

All Decked Out for Summer Our Summer Deck at The Happy Housie drink serving station

A big change this year is the addition of an extra dining table.  Last year we had a regular sized outdoor wooden table that seated six and it wasn’t big enough for big family dinners and barbeques. I found the X-style picnic table with two benches at a garage sale for $10.  I painted them all out in white, and painted our old outdoor wooden table in white as well.  Put end to end, they look like one long table and give us plenty of seating for ten or more.

All Decked Out Our Summer Deck at The Happy Housie outdoor dining table

 It is hard to tell from this picture, but the two benches that came with the X-style table run along the outer side of the dining tables. The blue chairs are actually indoor dining chairs that I picked up at the Sally Ann – I fixed them up a little and made them ‘outdoor’ worthy- I will share a little tutorial on how I did that soon.  We also had the wicker chairs already but I gave them an update as well… more to come on that too.

All Decked Out for Summer Our Summer Deck at The Happy Housie flowers on tableAll Decked Out for Summer Our Summer Deck at The Happy Housie two tables

My favourite new touch is the addition of some evening lighting this year.  I bought two strings of outdoor lighting on sale at Target – they are little round bulbs and they are just about the cutest thing ever.  I love the glow that they give; they make it feel like such a fun and cozy space to spend time late into the evening.

Our Summer Deck in the Evening at The Happy Housie

Our Summer Deck in evening at The Happy Housie

Well, I think we are ready to entertain.  Good thing, since we have my Dad’s b-day party at our place next weekend.  Let’s just hope the warm sunny weather we’ve had lately sticks around.

Have you got your deck or patio ready for summer yet?

Looking for some thrifty ways to deck out your deck?

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 Thrifty Ideas to Deck out Your Deck decorate your deck without breaking the bank at The Happy Housie

Some of my favourite blog friends are sharing more fabulous summery ideas as part of the Summer Celebration Series today…

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1. House by Hoff 2. The Happy Housie 3. Migonis Home 4. Lovely Etc. 5. Making Home Base 6. The Blissful Bee 7. Life on Virginia Street

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  1. Jackie Berry says

    I love your deck and looking for some inspiration and by golly, I found it. I was wondering what stain you used to paint your chairs and benches and where you found it? I found some benches and chairs that I would like to stain and love the color of your chairs.

    Thanks for your consideration,

  2. says

    Again….just beautiful! I would spend all my time outside if that was my home. Glad you linked up to our Motivational Monday party. Definitely going to go stalk your blog for awhile now and see what other awesome things you’ve done (in the least creepiest way possible…)! :)

  3. Angela Tomlinson says

    Love this!
    One question. How did you attach string lights? They almost look ‘built in’?

  4. Sharon in Canada says

    I love your colors and the inviting atmosphere you have created. Great job! One question…. your X and Y attached to the wall…how was this done as the siding appears to be vinyl. I have a wall similar on my deck I would like to add something to but I am not allowed to put holes in the vinyl siding.

    • Krista Aasen says

      Thanks for your kind comments Sharon! Ya, the whole vinyl siding debate… I know it well! Every house we have owned has been vinyl and, you are right, it is not at all recommended to drill into your vinyl siding. But since our vinyl is under a good overhang (without risk of water getting in) and also mainly because we are planning to replace our vinyl with hardi-plank within the next year, my husband was agreeable for that reason only:) I think that you could try using the really strong command adhesive strips outside – as long as it was undercover they should last for the season at least. The X and Y are hollow so are actually really lightweight. Now you have me wondering whether I will be allowed to drill things into the hardi-plank once it is up? Good luck with your quest!!

  5. says

    Your deck looks beautiful! I’m in the process of having a deck built & I’ve been surfing the web looking for ideas. Thanks for the inspiration!

  6. says

    My favorite is the table you added. $10 at a garage sale? Unbelievable. I guess I need a little more patience to score sweet finds like that.

  7. JaneEllen says

    What lake do you live on Krista, so beautiful? Do you find lots of awesome shells?
    Your deck is to literally die for. How about I come up and we go down to beach, later I’ll make us some supper and we’ll have fire on beach later, toast marshmallows. What does your family like to eat? I’d be happy to cook for a chance to enjoy your gorgeous, comfy looking wonderful deck. Had no idea you lived on a lake. Hey I’d do dishes too.
    When I was a kid (still living in Cleveland, OH where I was born) we went up to Lake Superior (not too sure but think that was lake) on Canadian side to a cabin owned by a man my dad worked with. That’s where I learned how to swim, love the water, always been a water nut. The cabin was up higher in woods so we’d walk down to pier jutting out into lake. What a vacation we’d have every year for two weeks until we left in 1950 to move to Tucson for my brother’s health. He had asthma so bad we had to move to keep him alive. I still love to look at photos parents took of us, wonderful memories. When you get to be my age the memories are sharper than the now, lol. Might not have been too easy for my Mother as there was no running water then, had to use oil lamps for light, think we took our baths in lake.
    Enjoy your wonderful home and deck. Don’t know about rest of your readers but I’m about as envious as anybody could be. Happy summer days to enjoy.
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  8. says

    I love absolutely everything about your deck!!! It’s so cute! Backyard gatherings must be so frequent at your house. I would love it if you linked this up to my Motivate Me Monday linky party!

  9. Marty@A Stroll Thru Life says

    Oh wow, I love your deck and all the fabulous color, but that view is totally amazing. Gorgeous. Thanks tons for linking to Inspire Me.

  10. hogan710 says

    Your deck is awesome, not to mention the view!!! I love your dining space, your rug, and your sweet beverage area! So, so good!

  11. says

    I would be spending all my evenings on this deck! I LOVE the pillows, patterns and colors–so bright and cheery! I also love the lake view you have–what a wonderful space to enjoy! Sharing this on my FB page today!

    • Krista Aasen says

      Thank you so much for the kind comments and sharing it Carrie- yay!! I appreciate that so much!

  12. says

    Im loving the bright colours you used, thats all it takes is a coushin here and lantern there and wow you have a gorgeous sunny outdoor space!
    Im about to start landscaping and decorating a courtyard at the front of my house that we have just finished building. I would love to use an outdoor rug under the seating but because its out in the open I dont know how it will weather. I love rugs outside though I think they make it feel really homely :)

  13. says

    Such a beautiful, colorful space. You are so lucky to have the water-view! I recently updated my deck with shades of turquoise, too. It’s all over my home as it’s such a happy color and your pink pillows look great. We have the same views on recycling pieces and looking for deals. So happy to follow you.

  14. says

    I am in LOVE with all that colour! I am so afraid to add bright colours, and end up sticking within my grey comfort zone. I really need to take your inspiration and add more colour into my life!

  15. says

    Oh my word, Krista! Definitely the most beautiful deck I’ve seen. I would out there ALL summer long! I love your mix of colors and patterns and just how welcoming and cozy it feels. Thanks so much for sharing and being a part of our summer celebration!!


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