Wednesday, June 8, 2016
Getting The Deck Ready For Summer
After a week or so of summer weather, I got the deck set with a new tablecloth and a few new potted plants.
We can't find the cover for the gazebo, so I haven't really been using the deck, but luckily for me, the rest of this week is going to be in the low to mid 70's. I'll be sitting out on the deck reading, for sure!
I do need to repaint the deck chairs. The paint I put on them last year just hasn't stayed on well. It has chipped very badly, even though it said that it was formulated to cover plastic. So I'll be researching my options.
My friend Amy owns a sweet vintage store in Strasburg, Pennsylvania called Fresh Vintage by Amy. This is my go to store for items for my home, gifts, chalk paint or milk paint. I also go in just to say Hi and chat! She's such a sweet friend and I get a lot of inspiration from her creativity! This summer I have been inspired by her flower urns outside the store! White geraniums, sweet potato vines...so I gathered everything I needed, flowers, vines, potting soil and put two pots together for my deck.
I've got an Americana theme going on this year with my summer decor, so this cute, inexpensive table cloth is part of that. I mostly use a vinyl table cloth out here because it helps protect the plastic and metal folding table.
I'd love to have a real gazebo, white something like this one we saw the other day
This would be dreamy!
However, that is not in the budget, so I beautify what I can here at the cottage with what it is the budget! I would much rather be debt free (other than our mortgage) than I would owning a beautiful gazebo that I would come to hate because of the stress it would cause trying to pay for it! We've been very happy without one and will continue to be. Our family, friends, and other guests have never said, "We'd enjoy ourselves more, at your house if ONLY you had a gazebo."
But I will say this, if I ever have the chance to have Tim build one that is within our budget, I'd say, "Let's do it!" faster than anything!
The sun is shining, the breeze is blowing, I have a book to read, and a quiet day ahead. I think I'll head out to the deck.
Joining Bernideen for BTTCG and Sandi for No Place Like Home!