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It seems I usually finish projects at the worst time. And of course since it’s now September, our patio is finally done. haha Either way, I’m obsessed with our new outdoor space.

Our existing deck looked pretty rough when we first bought the house. I imagine it’s been there since the house was built in 1971 and it looked like it! However, a whole new deck wasn’t in the budget. Enter paint. I had been seeing some cool painted patio floors lately so I got inspired to paint ours. And the good thing about an old deck is not being scared to try something bold. I decided to go with black and white stripes with a teal border to make it look like a rug. First my Dad pressure-washed it to make sure the paint would stick well. Then we used porch paint for the floor which seems to hold up really well. After the floor was done, D added some posts to either side of the deck so I could hang some lanterns and string lighting. I love how it adds to the whole ambiance at night. We got a solid deck stain that matched the existing color to paint the posts and the rest of the floor and sides. (I didn’t have paint the outside of the deck luckily.) And I decided to paint the bench black to go with the floor. We definitely owe a big thank you to my parents for helping with the hard labor stuff!

Lastly I made pillows with outdoor fabric and potted some plants for the space. D and I have been spending lots of nights out here since putting up the lights. We love we have a space to entertain too (at least for a couple weeks before the cold weather hits!)

Source List: Paint, posts, pots, and plants: Home Depot // Table: Fleet Farm // Chairs, lanterns, and string lighting: Target // Yellow pots: Sargent’s // Pillows: Mix of Target and Hancock fabrics // Sunburst mirror: Home Depot // Runner: World Market

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I'm Kelly, a UX designer at IBM Interactive, brand designer, and blogger. I live in Minnesota with my husband and our 2 little guys.

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