The sun came out on Sunday. HALLELUJAH!!
It inspired me to do a little back deck makeover of our upper deck. It’s a small deck that leads to a much larger deck where our table is for outdoor dining. But it’s a great little area where we have it covered with a gazebo, we have lots of comfy seating, it’s right of the living room so David and I venture out there most evenings where I’ll have a glass of wine and he’ll have a cigar and we’ll talk, we’ll laugh, and almost always, I’ll complain about the smell of his cigar.
And let’s just say it’s pretty plain. It’s lovely, but there is no colour, and since Sunday was so beautiful, and I vowed not to leave the house because I’ve been running around so much, I took this day to add some colour to our lives, and also vowed to not exceed $50.
This budget would have to include the flowers, which might seem impossible, given that flowers can be expensive, but because I read my Lighthouse Log (plug) I discovered that Kent had a sale. I got 3 GORGEOUS hanging baskets for $14.99 each. You’re thinking, well, that blows your budget right there. And yes, it left me with no extra money, but fortunately, I’m a hoarder.
I can’t tell you the last time I threw out a pickle jar, or a jam jar for that matter. So I just spray painted the inside of all my jars and tied twine around the rim. I added a candle and voila. Since I had the twine, the spray paint and about a hundred tea lights, the lighting costs were nothing. While I was at it, I also spray painted the little table which had started to rust. You all know how I feel about spray paint right? I should be it’s spokesperson.
I needed a mat. I suppose I could have painted the deck, Lord only knows it needs to be scraped and painted, but I didn’t really want to or have time or the budget, so I simple took an old piece of cushion floor (go to Taylor Flooring, ask her April, tell her I sent you), and then I wallpapered it (remember my little pantry makeover?? I had left overs). Anyway, I glued it to the back of the cushion floor and then shellacked it. I know it won’t last forever. That’s ok, it was free.
I’ll just flip it over and spraypaint it if it gets destroyed by dampness, or it the dog pees on it. Thou I expect that won’t happen. He’s far too content peeing on the kitchen floor. Don’t I just love my dog?
But in the mean time, I am loving the colour I have added for just $50.
Next makeover on a budget: my lower deck.