Your deck has the potential to be so much more than a place where you store your extra tools and muddy boots. It could be a place where you host dinner parties, prepare this year’s seedlings, or just sit with a cup of coffee and watch the world go by.
If your deck doesn’t look inviting right now, it’s relatively easy to turn it into the perfect setting for entertaining, relaxing, and more. A few updates to the furniture, adding some decorative elements, and maybe even a fresh coat of paint can turn your deck from drab to the place of dreams.
If your wood deck is looking a little worse for wear, then a stain can make it look presentable for guests. A wood stain is a paint made specifically for wooden surfaces that preserves the natural texture of the surface while coloring it.
Wood stains are more than just aesthetic. Refinishing your deck can protect it from normal wear and tear as well as damage caused by the weather. This simple project can make your deck last for a long time.
Before staining your deck, you need to wash the surface and remove any debris such as mildew. If there is any damage to the surface, repair dents and cracks. You may also need to sand the deck if parts of it are worn down and rough. Finally, you can stain the deck and enjoy a completely different look for a project that will take at most a weekend.
Once you’ve gone to the trouble of redoing your deck, you want to enjoy it for as long as you can. However, the hot sun, wind, and rain can often drive you and your guests indoors. Luckily, you have options for protecting your deck from the weather.
You can install a pergola, which is a lattice-like structure supported by pillars that provides shade from the sun. If you want protection from the sun that’s easier to move, you can install parasols or sun umbrellas. You can even install siding if you want to protect your deck from the wind—or an ugly view.
Finally, you can furnish your deck with all kinds of decorative details that make it an inviting space. Your decor will depend on what you plan to use your deck for. If you plan to have guests over, you can get lounge chairs, outdoor tables, and even piles of colorful pillows. To show off your green thumb, install planters along the railing and sides.
Besides functionality, these details are a great way for you to express your style. Show a sense of fun with colorful throw pillows, rugs, and hangings. Create a whimsical (and safe) wonderland in the outdoors with outdoor lighting. There are plenty of decorative options that you can get at furniture stores and gardening centers.
Your deck is a great opportunity to express your decorative sensibilities and love for the outdoors.