Once the work was done on the deck, I started looking around for some seaside accents. The budget for deck decor was zero. That actually made the whole thing more fun!
The wharf theme was started with the blocks of wood that became pier posts. ~
That was as simple as staining them a light shade of grey to cover the Wolmanized green and twisting a few strands of hay bale twine to look like rope. Now, I need to find a Pelican to sit on a one of them!
A little fountain, bought for $2 at the Salvation Army, leaked like a sieve and was turned into a planter. It sits on a $2 plant stand. I had both kicking around so we're still within the zero budget. ~
My sister bought the patio table years ago for $3 and had left it with me. Years of being out in the weather left it in sorry shape! ~
A coat of deck stain, in Great Lakes Blue, made it a little more presentable. I was tossing around ideas of hand painting a compass on the top when my sister showed up with this print. ~
The spaces between the boards presented a problem but she figured I could just cut strips of the print to fit. I glued it to the top with exterior Modpodge and gave it another coat on top. I think I'll spray it with exterior Varathane to give it a little more durability. ~
Here she is done and everyone who has seen it in person, loves it! ~
This deck area is private except for one line of sight through to a neighbour's fire pit. I was looking around for something to use as a screen and remembered an old wooden door I had pulled out of the dumpster at my rental reno. See, it pays to dive in your own dumpster! This door has seen better days, to be sure, but it reminded me of the the old doors on bait shacks at fishing camps.
It got screwed onto the side of the upper deck. ~
Some donated dragonfly hooks are added. ~
Man, I love the patina on that door! In the antique trade, it's called alligatoring. Actually, after a week of staining outbuildings at my rental and using Var sol for hand cream, that's what my hands look like. They have nice patina!
It's now a great place to hang beach towels and bags! ~
This project, start to finish, took three days and under $200! It was done just in time for my nephew to arrive with his kids for a day of fun in the river. ~
Now I can sit back and relax!
I'm sharing this with:
Open House Thursday, Sunday's Best Par.tay, Hot Fun In The Summertime Blog Party, Inspire Me Monday, It Pays To Be Cheap Contest, Nifty Thrifty Tuesday, Creative Things Thursday, Potpourri Friday, Feathered Nest Friday, Fantabulous Friday, Rustic Restorations, Saturday Nite Special
I love it, I love the door, the table, the print on the table the deck, its amazing, somewhere where you can sit relax and contemplate life. Great ideas Maureen, tons of great ideas.ReplyDelete
The mod podge effect on the table looks good. That door would be fabulous as a back drop for photos.ReplyDelete
Maureen!!! What a great job. I love the table- it is just perfect in that setting and what a great use for that old door. You did amazing job for very little money- xo DianaReplyDelete
Excellent, totally fabulous redo! Talk about pride of property! You're so ingenious and clever! xo wendyReplyDelete
Oh my! I want to sit back and relax on your deck too! So much to love about it! The leaky fountain planter...genius! That door....2 die for! But it's the table that I am the most fond/jealous of! That print is marvelous and is perfect for the table. I love it all Maureen! The photo of those kids is extra precious! Looks like a good time to me!ReplyDelete
You did such a great job! Having no money for a project sharpens our creative mind, I think. Love, love the table!ReplyDelete
It just keeps getting cuter..I knew it would!ReplyDelete
Love that table. What a fabulous idea! What is your dock made out of? I've never seen anything like that. We always had rickety old wood docks until the roar of the frozen river becoming unfrozen ripped them away, lol.ReplyDelete
Maureen ... you are amazing. You are my kind of Thrift-er ... making do with what you have and having it turn out so great. Love that table. May need to copy that.ReplyDelete
Thanks for stopping by Timeless Treasures and leaving such a nice comment.
Okay, now you have the deck finished and everything looking so great, when are you inviting us all out for a PARDY??? ;)ReplyDelete
Your deck looks great, love that table makeover.ReplyDelete
Your are incredibly clever, this turned out great. I love how you added the print, was a great idea. Your deck is really looking good for so little money. Creativity is the best inventor of creativeness! Now I know why your friends with Wendy from Herballistic. So when you having a lake party? My fingers and toes are crossed you’ll share your creative inspiration with Sunday’s Best going on now – sharing is a good thing!ReplyDelete
OMG you're talented Maureen - the table is just gorgeous -ReplyDelete
OMG, what a Rufus I am, you already joined in on the party. Last night I went up to #90, and guess what number you are? Yep 96. So I'll let you know how much I do love your deck splendor. So I can uncross my fingers and toes and thank you for sharing your creative inspiration with Sunday's Best. Could I also use the excuse I'm getting older, since I am. Have a great day!ReplyDelete
I'm drooling over that beautifully weathered door, and that decoupaged table! What a great idea. So unique.ReplyDelete
Thanks so much for coming to our party!! Love the table...great idea! Hope you come back this Friday...it's the LAST one...boohoo!ReplyDelete
OMG I love it, the table is perfect and the door, perfect chippy, people actually take new doors and work hard to make them look that weathered and old!ReplyDelete
As a long time decoupager of furniture, I'm in love with this table! The print is the perfect art for this setting. Hurry up and get that coating put on the whole thing - I wouldn't want anything to ruin it! Thanks for linking to Hot Fun In The Summertime! Hope to see you next week for our final week!ReplyDelete
Love the table, love the door, great work! Newest linky follower, hope to see you visit! I have been playing with decoupage too!ReplyDelete
Maureen,What a fabulous idea and the table turned out wonderful! Thanks for linking your project to the Open House party.ReplyDelete
thanks for the tip on the exterior Modge Podge....gotta get some of that. I adore what you did with the old table. I am looking for a piece like that to use as a clock motif. Everything looks great!ReplyDelete
What a great transformation! You smarty pants! Thank you for sharing this at my Make it Pretty Monday party at The Dedicated House. Hope to see your prettiness again on Monday. Toodles, Kathryn @TheDedicatedHouseReplyDelete
ooo, whoa, wait up! Someone has been busy with handful of awesomeness lately! LOVE YOUR DECK MAUREEEN. Capslock = Super like.ReplyDelete
I cant wait to have tea with you in there. Oh why am I not in Canada :(
What a great idea on that table! It turned out great! I am loving that rustic door. What a great way to use it! Thank you for linking this up to Rustic Restorations Weekend!ReplyDelete
Maureen that table came out beautiful! You now have a one of a kind table, nice job. Dee from My Painted StuffReplyDelete
I love that door!ReplyDelete
One of your best posts ever. I'm digging your new look.ReplyDelete
The tabletop redo is unique. I'm going to look for an opportunity to try it. Thanks.