The New Garden Dining Deck

Because I have been lamenting our lack of usable garden space, the BF has pulled out all the stops for the new deck. He’s done good. We now have a fabulous (I think so anyway) space, tucked away behind the garage, that we are using for dining – and well in time to enjoy the rest of the summer too!

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I must admit, my only contribution to the hard work was to paint the fence. Which does go all the way round the garden by the way, and did take absolutely forever. I love the ‘smokey slate’ colour and it has toned down the red brick of the garage and the surrounding houses. If anyone has any doubts about doing this, or is worried that it will bleed through and upset the neighbours, don’t be. I used a smallish brush, was careful about not loading the paint on too thickly, and didn’t paint the posts (you’ll see what I mean in later pictures) so that none of the colour is visible from the other side. It was worth it.

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The decking we have used is hardwood (we did think about composite but it’s so expensive!), and had been left outside, so it was about to be thrown away. I like the fact that it is already discoloring, and we did get it for a song. Eventually it will weather down to a grey colour. We left a cut-away flower bed against the fence where we have planted a climber and some shrubs (hydrangeas if you’re interested), and covered the soil with pea shingle to give it a neater contemporary look. The pea shingle and underlying membrane will also prevent weeds and help to keep in the moisture.

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The little lanterns I’ve had for a while, and I think they look great hanging from the trellis. We haven’t been out there in the dark yet, but I know they will look really pretty when lit and they add interest until the climber starts to grow upwards.

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The table and benches, and the barbecue are all new from Ikea. I think having two long benches will not only seat more people when there is a crowd, but also looks neater than lots of individual chairs. I’ll get some cushions eventually to add more comfort, or maybe I’ll do as the Scandinavians do and add some sheepskins. And I have to admit I chose the barbecue for its looks above function. The matching stainless steel topped trolley is great for keeping food, utensils, and herbs handy for the cook and makes a good surface for plants at other times.

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Most of the plants I already had (some still need to be re potted into something more attractive I must admit), and all of the other accessories were also from my old garden.

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We’ve been eating out every night since it was finished and it’s such a treat to have somewhere finally to sit and enjoy the good weather.

The next job on the to-do list is a pergola which will be positioned across the back of the garden adjacent to this deck. Our garden is in full sun all day and has no trees, so we are going to create some welcome shade. This will no doubt be dubbed The Sitting Deck as I’m intending to position a sofa, armchairs and a coffee table beneath the (hopefully) climber strewn roof.

Watch this space.

July 14, 2015

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7 Comments

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    Alicia

    July 30, 2015

    I also have the Ikea BBQ, it is great!

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      deardesigner

      July 30, 2015

      Isn’t it Alicia. And it looks good too 🙂

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    Jen

    July 14, 2015

    It looks great Carole, love that BBQ and the lanterns too. Mostly though I love the colour on the fence – good job! I’m about to do ours and dreading it. x

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      deardesigner

      July 14, 2015

      Thanks Jen. I must admit it did take days to do. BF says it needs another coat but there’s no way that’s going to happen! x

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    Kimberly Duran

    July 14, 2015

    Ps. Also just realised I totally commented on the wrong post!! Bloody phone!! Haha!

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    Kimberly Duran

    July 14, 2015

    Oh Carole!! It looks stunning! I love it and I’m jealous it’s all done and I still have so much to do on ours!! Haha! The grey makes a beautiful backdrop and I’m so tempted now to do ours in black… What a gorgeous job you’ve both done and hope you’re enjoying your new lovely outside space!

    xxx

    Ps. Can’t believe the BBQ is Ikea, it’s beautiful; -)

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      deardesigner

      July 14, 2015

      Thanks Kimberley. I wish it was all finished – the rest is just patchy lawn lol. But we can enjoy that corner while the rest gets done. Black is the way to go! xxx ps. you didn’t comment on the wrong post btw 🙂

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