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The calendar doesn’t yet say that it is officially summer but for me it feels like summer because yesterday was the last day of school for my students. Yippee for them! After two teacher workdays, I’ll be shouting my own Yippee! when my summer break officially begins.
Last weekend I spent the majority of Saturday getting our deck ready for the summer season:
- The door and window were washed.
- The deck was scrubbed and restained.
- The Adirondack chairs got a fresh coat of paint.
- The planters were filled with flowers.
It was a long day of work but the end result was well worth my effort.
I am so happy that our outdoor spaces are now looking good. Let me show you!
Two Tuscan Urn Planters from Balsam Hill filled with flowers flank the door leading to our kitchen from the deck.
Balsam Hill provided me with these urns that I 100% love. They are large, yet are lightweight enough for me to move, even after I filled them with flowers.
A new doormat makes an entryway inviting. I picked this one up at Lowe’s for around $12.
Mr. SP made our Adirondack chairs 11 years ago. A fresh coat of paint makes them look almost new. Last fall we made two more Adirondack chairs which are now on the dock at the lake. If you like to woodwork, you might enjoy making a few for your own home.
We mainly use our deck for grilling. While Mr. SP grills, we love to sit on the Adirondack chairs and relax.
Off of the deck there’s a small seating area with a table and two chairs that I bought at a neighbor’s yard sale last summer for just $20.
Ducks from Virginia Metalcrafters sit at the bottom of the deck steps. A former neighbor told us that her mother designed these for Virginia Metalcrafters which is now out of business. She claimed that her mother called them “naughty and nice”.
One of my summer projects will be painting this patio set. I’m pretty sure that it will stay black.
This table isn’t huge, but is the perfect size for the two of us to dine or to sit and relax while we watch our dog play. I made the placemats a long time ago and the dishes were a Christmas gift from my mom in the early 1990’s. They were purchased from Best Products, now out of business. Who misses Best Products besides me?
The seating area off of the deck leads to our Greenstone patio. Greenstone was mined in Lynchburg until 1969. All of the patio furniture was cleaned on Saturday after I finished working on the deck. It was pollen encrusted and looks so much better now. The Virginia Tech and Wisconsin chairs were a birthday gift from Mr. SP a few years ago.
We’ve had some much needed rain the past few days and even though I’m thankful for it, I’m hoping for some sunshine this weekend so that we can enjoy our outdoor spaces.
If you’ve always thought that Balsam Hill was just for Christmas decor, your mind will be changed when you see their products used in summer spaces in 23 of my blogger friends’ homes. I’ve enjoyed the spaces shared earlier this week and also look forward to seeing what will be shared tomorrow.
Please take a moment to visit my friends who are also sharing their home for the summer tour today.
Sweet Pea (That’s me!)
Don’t miss the ladies who posted earlier this week and be sure to visit those who will post tomorrow.
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