Sprucing Up the Deck

By on September 17, 2012

I really need to re-do the stain on my deck – it’s been peeling all summer. But that’s too big of job to tackle right now so I thought I’d start with this –

I know…awful right? A summer of neglect and hot temps and what was a planter full of colorful petunias is now one dried up petunia and a bunch of weeds!

So I started by removing most of the dirt in the planter (I used it to fill in a hole in the backyard). Then I painted the top of the bench (I got this bench at Goodwill in 2009). I also decided to paint my planter red.

natural sunscreen with zinc oxide


I had painted these little concrete planters red a few years ago and they still look great. The concrete seems to absorb the paint.

This time I didn’t do the color as solid as the small planters in order to give it a more weathered look and I added some fresh potting soil and filled it with some pansies, ornamental kale and a mum.

I also like to keep my little gnomes in this planter.

I collect gnomes…


I have the larger ones in the garden. I have a few photos of them on my flickr photostream here.

I just think they’re funny – my daughter thinks they’re creepy.

The window behind this planter is my kitchen and there’s a window seat.

So now when I look out that window, I have something nice to look at once again!


Originally posted on A Cultivated Nest.

About Manuela

Manuela is a cottage loving, country girl-at-heart living in a 1960's Split Foyer in a suburb of Atlanta. She's a big believer in thrifting, buying on clearance, trash picking and re-purposing. She loves to make something out of nothing and is all about using creativity and not her wallet in order to cultivate beauty in her home and garden. You'll usually find her outside in her garden or inside fluffing her nest.Cultivating what she has and trying to live with a grateful heart. She blogs at www.acultivatednest.com.

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Sprucing Up the Deck