For a place we spend countless hours, we’ve neglected the deck horribly. Me and the MR can be found most afternoons watching the sun set and catching up on our days.
With such a lovely view, I haven’t bothered with adding much of anything. OK, let’s be real, the deck has required crazy amounts of time, money, work, and energy, but that’s all just been maintenance. The MR spent hours power washing it a few weeks ago, we’ve had the lower deck rebuilt, and Papa Larry spent endless hours sanding the railings before the MR could paint them that first summer. Last fall, the MR added an outside heater so we could spend more time on the deck during the cold months. So yes, we’ve worked on them (mostly the MR), but we haven’t done anything to make them look pretty.
We set up some old faux wicker chairs and a weathered table next to the outside heater and called it good. But the table was too small for wine glasses and a cheese plate and the top was peeling off–not the most attractive look. I figured this area needed some TLC.
So last month when we were on vacation, I took time to check out all those emails from online stores and came across a couple things I thought would be perfect for the deck. I bought an herb garden in lime green–one of our accent colors for spring and summer.
Somehow, I didn’t think things through. Perhaps green, on green, on green isn’t the most visually stimulating. Some white stripes or polka-dots would break up the color, but I should have thought of that before I planted the herbs. Oh well, there’s always next year. I was hoping that the two-tier rack would keep the plants from being blown away. The tin pots were also a bonus in that if they do get knocked around in the wind, they won’t break.
But that wasn’t my only find. I also ordered a funky, curvy table and some outdoor fabric to recover the chair cushions. They were getting quite faded after years of sunshine.
Yes, yes, I know. I only have one cushion done. Well, the MR came home from work, and rather than neglecting him, I joined him on the deck. I think he appreciates those kinds of gestures.
My plan was to whip up the other cushion lickety-split this morning. But have you seen what kind of day it is? Gorgeous! Me and my buddy took our dogs walking on the trail down in the valley.
On a clear day, this is my view as I’m making Baby Girl’s lunch.
With a view like that, it’s amazing that I get anything done. I know the mountain seems far away (it is almost 100 miles), but I feel like it’s right in my backyard putting on a show just for me.
I grew up south of Seattle, and I do love Mount Rainier.
Now back to sewing; recovering the cushions was a very simple task.
- Removed the old cushion cover and trace the foam insert on the outdoor fabric.
- Cut out two of these for each cushion
- Cut a strip of fabric the depth of your cushion and the length of the diameter leaving a little extra length for leeway. (For my cushion I cut a 3-inch-wide strip the length of my fabric.)
- Press under 1/2-inch on one of the short ends–this is the end you will start with when sewing to the cushion top or bottom.
- Use a disappearing fabric pen to mark corners on cushion top and bottom and both sides of strip.
- Sew strip to one side easing the fabric in place.
- Sew strip to other side aligning markings and leaving a generous opening in the back.
- Stuff in your form, and sew up the opening.
I decided not to use welting, since the fabric has a large botanical print and might become overly busy. With outdoor fabric, I’m hoping these will wear well and not fade. I guess we’ll wait and see.
How are you adding color to your outdoor spaces? Sewing anything lately?