Budget Friendly Deck Makeover Reveal

We did it! Finally, we've come to the Budget-Friendly Deck Makeover Reveal and series finale, where one DIY project at a time we created a cozy and inviting conversation area on our backyard deck with a beer budget. But first, it required an unexpected deck restoration.

Budget Friendly Deck Makeover Reveal

Budget-Friendly Deck Makeover Reveal


Budget Friendly Deck Makeover

Let's begin with a recap of all nine DIY projects, shall we? We'll get to the pretty after photos and night time shots towards the end of this post.

Project 1

Budget-Friendly Deck Restore when replacement isn't an option

It all started one early morning in June when the plan was to power wash and restain our deck until discovering some rotting deck boards. And then a whole can of worms opened up after that. Not in the budget to replace the entire deck, we came up with a budget-friendly way to restore it for around $400.

Budget Friendly Deck Makeover Reveal - Deck Restore

Project 2

How To Stain A Super Easy DIY Outdoor Rug

After the deck was restored I painted an outdoor area rug with stain. Unfortunately, here in the Canadian prairies, textile outdoor rugs take a beating.

Budget Friendly Deck Makeover Reveal - Painted Rug

Project 3

A Quick And Easy Way To Restain Adirondack Chairs

Another project on the list was refreshing our Adirondack Chairs, Tete-a-Tete, and Fire Bowl Table with stain. Saving our sore backs and loads of time, we had all four pieces finished in an afternoon and I share how.

Budget Friendly Deck Makeover Series - Refreshed Adirondack Furniture

Project 4

How To Make A Playful Headboard Garden Bench

Needing more seating in this space we repurposed a twin headboard and footboard into a garden bench for two. In that post, I share a detailed step-by-step tutorial on how to build one.

Budget Friendly Deck Makeover Series - Headboard Garden Bench

Project 5

How To Add Charm To Boring Outdoor Cushions

Looking everywhere for Adirondack chair cushions that didn't cost at least $50 per chair, I found a budget-friendly alternative at WalMart. Unfortunately, the ones with a pattern where the wrong colors for our space so I purchased these solid red ones instead. Finding them rather plain, I added some unique charm and it was so quick and easy.

Budget Friendly Deck Makeover Reveal - Stenciled Outdoor Cushions

Project 6

Deck Privacy Screen From Repurposed Doors

When you want privacy while enjoying your backyard deck but building a pergola isn't an option, here's a budget-friendly way to build a privacy screen from old bi-fold doors. The water wall in the center is optional but I do share a link to the detailed tutorial on how to build one.

Budget Friendly Deck Makeover Reveal - Deck Privacy Screen

Project 7

DIY Wooden Birdhouse Sign For Lovebirds

I had no intention of creating a bird theme on the deck but it sort of evolved, starting with this wood birdhouse sign.

Budget Friendly Deck Makeover Reveal - DIY Birdhouse Sign

Project 8

How To Make Easy DIY Solar Fence Lights

Wanting solar lights to hang on the privacy screen, I made these unique ones by marrying metal candle scones with dollar store solar lights and I show you how easy they are to make with a detailed tutorial.

Budget Friendly Deck Makeover Reveal - Solar Fence Lights

Project 9

DIY Whimsical Garden Decor

Last but not least is the fun garden decor inspired by a vintage camper flower pot I painted at a ceramic studio. I loved how the happy bright colors looked on the deck and so I transformed a couple of bronze metal garden animals that I had in our fern garden for over 20 years.

Budget Friendly Deck Makeover Reveal - Whimsical Garden Decor

Deck Makeover Reveal Photos

After weeks of hard work and nine DIY projects later, here are photos of what our new budget-friendly deck makeover looks like now. Thankfully we have one more month of summer left to FINALLY enjoy our new deck space. I hope you like it as much as we do.

Budget Friendly Deck Makeover Reveal Rose Garden View

One DIY project I didn't include in the series was the string lights hanging from poles mounted in four wooden flower planters. That's because we're not 100% happy with the results.

For one, we cut the posts too short so if anyone over 6-feet tall stands underneath they'll have cage lights up their nostrils. The other is that the 2" x 2" posts are too skimpy and despite being mounted in concrete, are being pulled sideways from the pressure of the light strands. Replacing the posts with 4" x 4" is a project for next year.

Budget Friendly Deck Makeover Reveal Patio View

Budget Friendly Deck Makeover Reveal Patio Umbrella View

Budget Friendly Deck Makeover Reveal Vintage Camper Pot View

Budget Friendly Deck Makeover Reveal Privacy Screen View

Budget Friendly Deck Makeover Reveal Flower Bed View

The Le Jardin Repurposed 5-Panel Door Flower Planter (pictured below) is another door project from a few years ago. The tin panels are faux oxidized copper. The flower pot base is missing because it was too late in the season once we finished the deck to plant anything. Next year!

The beverage cart is another DIY from a couple of years ago where I turned a small shelving unit into an Outdoor Portable Bar Cart.

Budget Friendly Deck Makeover Reveal Beverage Cart

The Coastal Picture Frame Serving Tray was also a DIY project from the Spring where I repurposed a dilapidated and weathered picture frame chalkboard.

Budget Friendly Deck Makeover Reveal Portable Bar Cart

Budget Friendly Deck Makeover Reveal Headboard Bench

Budget-Friendly Deck Makeover At Night

Here are a few views of the deck at night illuminated by the stands of string lights.

Budget Friendly Deck Makeover Reveal String Lights1

Budget Friendly Deck Makeover Reveal String Lights2

Budget Friendly Deck Makeover Reveal String Lights3

Budget Friendly Deck Makeover Reveal String Lights4

If I could have you all over for margaritas and a BBQ to christen the deck, I would 😊. Cheers 🍹

Budget Friendly Deck Makeover Reveal

Budget Friendly Deck Makeover 9 DIY Projects

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