Revealing our Outdoor Summer Hangout Living Space

August 5, 2021

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As promised, this week I’m sharing our most used outdoor space–our deck. I’m not sure what it is about the convenience of right outside the back kitchen door to the deck versus out the door and down the stairs onto the patio (shared here last week), but more often than not, we stop right here….

Outdoor space with a rug, table and chairs

In the mornings, I love to read my Bible and enjoy my quiet time in this quaint little area. The trees provide just enough privacy without feeling too closed in. It is truly my sanctuary space…..

Two deck chairs with turquoise striped pillows and cushions


Last summer I built a new table for out here. We can comfortably fit 12 people around this brute! I love how solid this table is. Of course the Mr. and my boys don’t really share that love with me….considering they’re the ones who have to move it every time we paint the deck. Which is pretty much every year. 🙁 (Ahem! So over it! Have yet to find a good quality deck paint that lasts and holds up through our Northern Indiana winters…I digress)…..

Table and chairs outside on deck with rug


I’ll let you in on a little secret, see that rug under the table? We’ve had that same rug for 4 summers now! AND I don’t even bring it in through the winter! How is that white still white? Amazing what a power washer can do! Every summer, my husband sprays it down and out washes all of the mildew and dirt. It’s incredible! (Here’s the power washer we bought…nothing fancy, but still does the trick!)

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And I can’t share this table without sharing this awesome find! Chairs are expensive, but these gems are a steal! As I’m changing up the look in this outdoor space, I’ll probably paint these turquoise ones black at some point. Spray paint is such a wonderful thing!!

outdoor space deck with outdoor furniture and rug

Finally, the piece that started it all…My outdoor kitchen. This was one of my first builds. It’s really not as hard as it looks. Just a matter of building a box with 2×4’s and facing it with outdoor wood. (Unfortunately, I wasn’t blogging yet when I built this, so therefore I don’t have any plans for it 🙁  ).  I used dog ear fencing for my wood on this project. Cheap and holds up great!

It’s definitely in need of some TLC, but I’ve held up on giving it the attention it needs because we had a hiccup with our Weber Grill and thought we might need to get a new one. Which would have resulted in having to rebuild an entire kitchen, since they don’t make this particular grill anymore or even one with the same dimensions. But, we figured out the problem and all is well! So, look for a makeover coming soon on this outdoor kitchen….

Outdoor kitchen on a deck

This outdoor space is one that I might be changing up a little more next year. Would love to add another Solo Stove fire pit!! The wheels are always turning in my brain. What can I do next?? I have some ideas!!



Until next week,

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