End-of-Season Deck Makeover

Before I jump into today’s post, I have to tell you that I’m fully aware that most of blogland is currently posting Halloween ideas, autumn recipes, and Fall style home tours…yet here I am posting a very Spring/Summer deck makeover. (Timing is NOT my strong suit!) Here’s the thing: I am STILL in setup/move in mode, trying to figure out where everything goes and how we are going to use each space…and the idea of changing out my decor for Fall and pulling out MORE stuff just isn’t appealing right now. So while this post is indeed quite poorly timed, I am just too excited about all the improvements we’ve made to our outdoor spaces to wait until next Spring to show you…so here it is…our end-of-season deck makeover!

End of Season Deck Makeover

One of the main reasons we were SO excited about this house when we were first looking at it online last Spring was the large, fenced-in backyard and spacious deck. When we arrived at the house over the summer however, we were a bit bummed to discover that the backyard shares a fence with three other neighbors (meaning we can see right into everyone else’s yards and they can see in ours’) and the back receives FULL glaring sun from about 11:30am through sunset. Between the lack of privacy, direct sun, and unrelenting hot temperatures, we didn’t go out back at all over the summer months. After a lot of discussions, we ultimately decided not to buy/do anything for the deck/patio space because we just didn’t see ourselves using it for the year. #famouslastwords

Outside space before

But then the temperatures slowly started to break, we started hosting groups of friends more and more, and noticed end-of-season sales for outdoor items popping up everywhere.  It felt like such a shame to waste this fantastic space for the year, and figured, if we were going to do anything at all, we needed to do it now while the temps are still warm enough to enjoy it. So I researched and shopped some end-of-season sales to find exactly what we’d need to make this space function…and in a single weekend, we transformed our deck and patio spaces into places we now love to hang out in!

Here’s the new view walking out from our kitchen/dining room…

Preppy Deck Makeover

The biggest priority was some sort of sun protection. A table with an umbrella was not going to be sufficient for the length and intensity of sunshine we get out here. After lots and lots of online researching and review reading, we settled on this quite affordable canopy from Wayfair. It provides a great amount of shade during most of the day, was easy to put together, fits the space perfectly, and looks clean and classic. About 1 month in, we really couldn’t be more pleased with it! We also added some clearance outdoor curtain panels ($11 each!) to just one side to provide coverage when the sun starts to go down, as well as some privacy from our neighbors. Plus they were blue and white stripes, so of course I had to incorporate them 😉

Pretty & Preppy Deck Makeover

We’ve never had an outdoor space in any of our previous houses, so we’ve never had or needed a patio table. After looking at prices and options all summer long, we just didn’t want to spend a lot of money on a patio set (especially when we have no idea where we will be this time next year!). When I found this classic, black iron 6-seater rectangle table for $230, we decided to go for it! It fits the deck perfectly, is sturdy and simple, and the chairs stack if/when necessary! I really want cushions, but the end-of-season options haven’t been good, so those will wait until next spring.

Patio set

I inherited a lot of outdoor dining-ware and accessories from my parents during all the down-sizing last year, and I love that we now have a great place to use it all.

Tabletop accessories

Tabletop accessories

Tabletop accessories

We have eaten dinner out here almost every night since setting it all up…I’m so glad we decided to go for it!

Pretty & Preppy Deck Makeover

The deck is double the standard size for the neighborhood, which is one of the reasons we wanted to take advantage of it. Even with the canopy and table up, we still had ample space for our grill and a buffet table I found in the clearance section of a local store. Now we can truly grill and entertain in style, with a perfect place to setup food, drinks and other necessities!

Beverage Station

The white buffet table is made of ‘polywood,’ the super durable, weatherproof outdoor material that our turquoise chairs are made of. When I found it for $150 (a phenomenal deal!), I knew it was a steel and also knew we’d be able to use it in a variety of ways. When I realized how much space we had on the deck, I was so glad I grabbed it. It really is the perfect spot for my herb garden and other outdoor items.

Beverage Station

With the table in place, our blue star and pots from the last house finally had a proper and logical place!

Beverage Station

(All of my Mom’s outdoor stuff sure is nice to have now!)

Beverage Station

Beverage Station


Drink station

We didn’t have a good spot to keep some of Henry’s outdoor/lawn toys out back. Then I discovered our old blue toy bin fit in the console table, and now all of Henry’s toys are accessible and easy to put away. I love finally finding homes for all these things that have been laying all over the garage and backyard for the last few months!

Outdoor buffet table

The deck surface was in pretty rough shape, and none of us really liked to walk on it, especially Henry. It seemed a shame to put in all this effort, if it remained too difficult to go out on. We were thinking about getting an outdoor rug when Greg jokingly threw out the idea of astroturf. Having seen Kristin pull it off splendidly, I decided to go price it out at our local Home Depot. Admittedly, we didn’t get the really nice stuff, but still I was pleasantly surprised when we could get a huge 12×15′ cut for less than $100! Having the astroturf on the surface of the deck has truly been a game changer. Not only do I not mind the vibrant punch of green it provides, but now we can all walk out here without shoes on. We have essentially extended our living space, and boy do we love it!

Deck Makeover

All of the plants were purchased end-of-season too. Not sure how much longer they will last, but the nursery was closing down for the season, the prices were ridiculously good AND my pots looked so sad empty. Our temps haven’t quite broken yet, so I’m glad I added a nice punch of fresh green around the spaces when I did.

Here’s a quick view from the lower patio…

Outdoor space after

Speaking of the lower patio, we have a nice large slab that is a great size for playing and entertaining. For now, our blue polywood chairs and a few more plants are down there. Perfect for hanging out and chatting while kiddos play closeby!

Lower patio

I have been so pleasantly surprised how much we use this outdoor space now. Even though we said we couldn’t justify the cost for just a year, we feel like we made some really smart purchases that will (hopefully) work in our next home too. By waiting for end-of-season sales and using a ton of outdoor accessories we already had, we were able to create a fun and fresh outdoor space that truly reflects our taste and lifestyle!

Here’s a list of sources for everything I can remember!


I’d love to know what you think! Would you have given this space an update for just a year? What elements are your favorite? Anything else we should consider adding?

Pretty & Preppy Deck Makeover

If you’re looking for me, I just might be out here…it is pretty much my favorite spot in the “house” right now! See you back here Friday, friends!

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25 Responses to End-of-Season Deck Makeover

  1. I am so jealous! We keep talking year after year about creating an outdoor space. I just want to make it happen. This is so gorgeous, and so functional. I am in love. Now to convince my hubby it NEEDS to happen next spring!

    • Thanks, Kristie!!! I was so nervous to post this totally out-of-season “reveal” but everyone seemed to love it so much! If you can believe it, I was the one on the fence about setting up the deck (seriously…since when do I hesitate to buy new furniture 😉 My husband was all for it, but I was the one who kept putting the breaks on. I am SOOOO glad we went for it! I say convince the Hubby – it’s been awesome to have as an alternate place to eat and hang out!!!

      Hope you’re having a good weekend!

  2. What a great outdoor space, I love the punches of green and blue and all the bright accessories! I would be out there everyday if I was you as well. The AstroTurf is a great addition and so comfy on your feet. I love how you have 2 sitting & entertaining areas one for eating, one for enjoying. A little (if you can & find one cheap enough) fireplace like a portable patio fireplace. Then you can use it later in the season!! Would be a great addition to either the downstairs or upstairs areas.

    Lauren Baxter | Lovely Decor

    • Hey Lauren!! (geesh! sorry for cluttering up your inbox tonight!)

      We actually do have a fire pit!!! But the cover totally disintegrated in the NC sun at our last place, so we have it tucked under the deck for some rain/sun protection. Our hope is that we can use it if/when the temps cool down (soon, I hope!!!)


  3. I know that you will only be there for a year but I think you did a wonderful job with the deck. I would have done it to. You seem to be really on top of everything with the house so that gives you plenty of time to really enjoy it.

    Looks like a great place to hang out.

    • Thanks, Karen!

      I had such guilt about being frivolous for just a year, so I love that so many of you readers concurred with our decision to go for it. I am super glad we decided to do it now so we really can enjoy it. It would be a bummer after a long winter to want to be out there next Spring but then not be able to since we’ll be heading into our next move!

  4. Thanks for a post that isn’t fall and pumpkins! Living in the inland valleys of San Diego our weather has been in the 90s lately and I can’t quite wrap my head around fall. We are lucky to use our back patio 10-11 months of the year and it’s great to do an end of summer refresh with sale items.

    • Thanks for this, Susan! I was really stressing about the fact that this post was so off season, so I am glad I have readers out there who can appreciate it! With our Kansas temps still in the high 80s, it sure doesn’t feel like Fall here either!!!

      Hope you’re having a great weekend!

  5. I love everything and am so glad you took the plunge to enjoy your outdoor space! Our Kansas temps can be extreme, but when they’re nice, they’re gorgeous. And, you have yet to experience an October… That’s the best month, with bright blue skies, changing leaves and cooler temps! You might consider adding a Chiminea or enclosed portable fire pit to add some warmth once it gets cooler- nothing is better! And, you can toast marshmallows for s’mores or roast hotdogs in them too.

    • Hi Janet!!!

      Pleeeeaaase tell me the cooler temperatures are coming soon!!!! What you described sounds so nice. No one forewarned us about the heat, and what a shocker it has been! I can’t wait for the cooler temperatures, but I know I’ll be regretting that sentiment once winter comes!

      We actually do have a fire pit!!! (And we have the marshmallows ready to go!) But the cover totally disintegrated in the NC sun at our last place, so we have it tucked under the deck for some rain/sun protection. Our hope is that we can use it if/when the temps cool down (soon, I hope!!!)

      Hope you’re having a great weekend!

  6. Looks great, are you able to take the canopy down, how have you mounted the frame for windy days. We live outside all year round,in Australia. we have a large patio roof. We have breakfast and lunch outside. Coffee,drinks, barbeques,etc as well, it’s lovely to look over the garden. I am sure you will get a lot of use out of this great space. A gas heater, would make your use of the space longer. Enjoy..

    • Hi Yvonne!

      Thank you so much for your comment! Yes, a gas-heater would be wonderful, we’ve already discussed it a bit 😉

      Regarding the canopy…the frame is bolted down to the deck on all four corners. The fabric part comes off relatively easily (which we will probably take off when snow storms are forecasted) and is vented at the top so wind can get through. We’ve had some wind/storms already, and we’ve been really pleased with how well it has held up! Fingers crossed it does through the harsher months ahead.

      Hope you’re having a good weekend!

  7. Your outdoor space looks wonderful! I love the canopy idea…something I never would have thought could work in Kansas, due to the wind. Being the born-and-raised Kansas girl I am, I’m pretty curious if you anchored it? Have you had trouble with it blowing around? Thanks!

    • Hi Malinda!

      Thank you so much for your comment! Yes, we were worried about the concept of the canopy too, but so far we’ve been very happy. The frame is bolted down to the deck on all four corners. The fabric part comes off relatively easily (which we will probably take off when snow storms are forecasted) and it is vented at the top so wind can get through easily. We’ve had some wind/storms already, and it’s held up great! Fingers crossed it does through the harsher months ahead.

      Hope you’re having a great weekend!

  8. Hi Megan
    Your deck is fabulous and how right you were to settle it even for just one year !
    As we knew we were in our house the longest time we ever did in any other houses, we did less than in houses we rent so I feel sometimes ashamed of such a procrastination, the more time you got in the place, the lazy you are so congrats for you !

    • Hi Michele!

      I find myself starting to put projects on hold because we are just here for a year…the clock already feels like it’s ticking down! But I also know everyone’s excited to see what all I do here, and projects make me happy so I’ll keep plugging on 🙂 I’m glad we did the deck when we did!!

      Happy Sunday!

  9. Something about guys and astroturf… I thought I’d share our astroturf experience. We had an area of our backyard that was covered with a ground covering. The only problem was it trapped leaves every fall, and was a pain to rake out and an eyesore. We wanted to turn it into a play area, and so we ripped up the ground covering but then were a bit stuck. It was too shady to grow grass, and the kids would constantly be tramping over and killing the new grass anyway. It also is in an area that turns into a mud slide when it rains. Chris half-joked we should use astroturf, but I thought it would look gaudy and when we looked up the price, it was too much for the square footage we’d need. Well, about two years ago our local soccer field was being returfed and they were getting rid of all the old astroturf. Chris asked if we could have some, and they said yes. We cut off the lines, and put it over the bare area, adding some curves to make it look a bit more natural. I was skeptical, but we love it! The kids can lay down it it without bugs, it’s easy to maintain, it absorbs rain and sand, adds some padding for when they fall, and we can walk on it without shoes… in fact, we loved the kid’s area so much that after we had construction this past spring and were left with a huge muddy area, we put down some of the leftovers so we essentially have a walkway from the deck to the kid’s area around the perimeter of our backyard. It sounds crazy and I was a huge skeptic (and if we move whoever moves in might think we were crazy), but it was really one of the best decisions we made. I know it something that can’t be done in a temporary situation as much, but I totally applaud you for taking the chance to do it on your deck! It’s amazing how a few changes can make a space so much more usable. Kudos!!

    • Lol! I love this, thanks for sharing Nina! I wish we could have gotten the nicer stuff that looks and feels more like grass, but this works for the year! And it really has been such a game changer! Glad to know I’m not the only one who “doubted then believed” 😉

      Hope you’re having a great weekend!!

  10. I love your outdoor space, hope you have lots fun nice evenings out there before it gets too cold. How do you have the curtains attached to the frame?

    • Hi Sherri!

      Thank you so much! I was hoping I’d be able to link the grommets onto the rails as we were constructing the frame, but they were solid pieces. As such, I turned the curtains over (I didn’t want to cut off the grommet tops in case I can use them in a different way down the road) and added about 8″ lengths of ribbon every few inches. I essentially tied the curtains to the frame using the ribbon tabs. It was a “let’s see how this works” idea that turned out pretty good!

      Hope that helps!

  11. I love this! All the colors you used are fantastic and I could certainly see myself spending a lot of time out there. You are making me rethink my decision to postpone making over our concrete patio until next year. After all, now that it’s fall in the Midwest, it’s totally the perfect time to be hanging out outdoors. Thanks for the inspiration!
    Also, I love your blog! I stumbled on you a long time ago I think, but am now visiting again via the Building A Framework facebook group. I’ll definitely try to keep up with you…headed to subscribe to your emails now, as a matter of fact. Happy Friday!

    • Hi Emily!

      Thank you for such a nice comment…I’m so glad you found me again and we’ve reconnected!

      Yes, making over our outdoor patio was a something we struggled with for so long since we’re only living in Kansas for such a short time. But the amount of time we’ve already spent out there has made it SO worth it…and I just know when we emerge from the winter next Spring, it will be so nice to already have it done!

      Again, thanks for reaching out and hope you have a great rest of the weekend!

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