Summer Deck Refresh

We moved into our house in the middle of the summer last year and I started projects inside right away so I never really got around to fixing up the deck. This year I’ve been a little better. Besides building a new deck, there’s still a few little things that I would like to do, like hanging cafe lights and adding some fun color, but it’s a much more comfortable space to hang out on a lazy Saturday afternoon.

Our Back Deck and a Goodwill Find | Chatfield Court.comLike the inside of our house, our deck is small on space but all of the furniture that we had in Florida fits. It’s a little snug but it’s enough room for Mr. C², Finn and me.

Our Back Deck and a Goodwill Find | Chatfield I tried to make this a comfortable space for us and I didn’t want to spend a lot of money so everything out here we brought with us. I know it’s a little brown out there with that rug but it’s good for this summer. The one thing I did buy was this beverage(?)/plant(?) cart that I found at Goodwill for $4.99. Score!!

Our Back Deck and a Goodwill Find | Chatfield Court.comIt was a little dirty but in great shape and it’s made of solid oak. I also like that it folds up flat so I can store it in the garage in the winter. When I was cleaning it up I mentioned to my husband that I was thinking about painting it…you know, because of all of the brown tones already on the deck. He ’bout had a fit right there in the back yard. “You aren’t painting that”, he said, “it’s solid oak!” Why do all men think that it’s a sin to paint wood? 😉 Well, as you can see, I didn’t paint it. It wasn’t because of him though. I didn’t want to be hasty and paint it and then be sorry so I’m going to keep it like this for the rest of the summer and see how I feel next year.

Our Back Deck and a Goodwill Find | Chatfield If you’ve been following along this past year, then you already know that we have lived in the South for the past 20 years. I didn’t plant a lot of annuals when we lived down there because of my back issues and the weather, so this is the first year I’ve ever had a fern and I have to say that I’m a huge fan.

Our Back Deck and a Goodwill Find | Chatfield Court.comMine is a Kimberly Queen fern and it’s doing really well with minimal effort. I love that it doesn’t shed and it always looks great. I will definitely have another one next year, maybe two. Do you think it’s just plain wrong to paint a wood like oak? Do you think I should paint my cart? What color would you pick?

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  1. Monday,July 28, 2014 / 7:08 am

    I love Kimberly Queens and could not find any this year, only Bostons. Weird. That is such a cute cart.

    • Kristi
      Monday,July 28, 2014 / 9:37 am

      That is weird Kim. I wonder why they weren’t available by you? Thanks so much for stopping by and commenting. Have a great week.

  2. Monday,July 28, 2014 / 10:41 am

    For the past few years, I have been putting a fern on my front porch in the shade. I love the fluffy old-fashioned feel it gives to my entryway! As for the cart, I’d hold off on painting it. At some point, it’s likely to be stained from use and you might want to paint it then. Right now, it’s still pretty the way it is.

    • Kristi
      Monday,July 28, 2014 / 6:30 pm

      I can’t believe that I never had a fern before Jennie. I guess I only knew about the mess that some of them can make. I’m a big fan now. Thanks so much for your input and for visiting. I think I will hold off painting it for a while.

  3. Monday,July 28, 2014 / 3:30 pm

    Love that first shot with the butterfly! 🙂

    I wouldn’t paint something that didn’t require it, no 🙂 After a year or two if it’s getting all beat up he might want to paint it himself! 🙂

    • Kristi
      Monday,July 28, 2014 / 6:33 pm

      Thanks Deb. I always love to look at your beautiful nature photos!

      LOL I like your thinking. He may very well want to paint it himself. Thanks for your input.

  4. Monday,July 28, 2014 / 4:07 pm

    I don’t find your deck that small at all – and it’s gorgeous !
    I’d love to find a tray cart like that – what a perfect piece of furniture for the deck –

    • Kristi
      Monday,July 28, 2014 / 6:40 pm

      Hi Suzan. I guess that the deck seems small with the furniture on it. I had all of this furniture in Florida by my huge screened in pool, so it seems so crowded to me on this deck.
      I can’t believe I found such a nice piece, I usually don’t have luck like that. 😉
      Thanks so much for your visit and your nice comment.

  5. Monday,July 28, 2014 / 10:19 pm


    I love the little cart! Since it’s in such good shape I would definitely leave it alone, at least for now. You can always use some more colorful pillows to tone down the brown. Even some pretty flowerpots on your railing. I don’t particularly like decks because of the upkeep, (I have a cement patio) but I do wish I had a railing for some flowerpots. I know you mentioned something about replacing your decking at some point, how about painting the deck instead?

    I have to send you some photos, I finally finished painting my shutters and I did paint the man door, but I think I’m going to paint it again a different color.
    I’m sure you will come up with something really great looking!

    • Kristi
      Monday,July 28, 2014 / 11:59 pm

      Hi MJ. It seems that the consensus is to leave the cart unpainted. I’m just glad that I didn’t paint it before really thinking about it.
      I do need to add some color to my decor…it’s just not been my priority with everything else going on.
      I would like to paint the deck, even talked to my husband about it but he won’t do it. And I just can’t. We’ve had decks before that have been painted and the paint never stays nice for long. It will just get to the point where my husband is tired of my complaining about how the deck looks before he decides to replace it. That’s how I work it…patience.;)
      I would love to see pic of your shutters and door. What color did you end up choosing?
      As always, thanks so much for reading and for your input.

    • Kristi
      Monday,July 28, 2014 / 11:27 pm

      Thanks so much!

    • Kristi
      Tuesday,August 12, 2014 / 2:57 am

      Ooooh, love that idea Brooke. You and I think alike. Now I have to get my husband onboard. 😉 I’m heading your way to share…thanks for the invite.

  6. Tuesday,July 29, 2014 / 9:01 am

    Love the deck and it looks fabulous. The new cart is a great find and I like it left natural,but it would be stunning painted too. Thanks tons for linking to Inspire Me.

    • Kristi
      Tuesday,July 29, 2014 / 4:24 pm

      Thanks so much Marty!! 🙂

  7. Tuesday,July 29, 2014 / 9:55 am

    Great find! I would have snapped that up too. Haha about your husband, I can relate.

    • Kristi
      Tuesday,July 29, 2014 / 11:28 pm

      Thanks Michelle. Aren’t husbands great?! 😉

  8. Wednesday,July 30, 2014 / 8:30 am

    What a charming back deck, and I LOVE your cart. Goodwill finds like that are so exciting. My husband would say the same thing about painting solid oak. Men are so funny!

    • Kristi
      Wednesday,July 30, 2014 / 11:47 am

      Thanks Nicki. I’m not a huge thrifter so it was exciting for me to find it. Haha…glad I’m not the only one with “one of those husbands”. 😉

  9. Thursday,July 31, 2014 / 7:48 pm

    What a great little cart! And a great price! I love shopping at thrift stores. You never know what you may find!

    • Kristi
      Thursday,July 31, 2014 / 8:51 pm

      So true Lisa! I hope to be doing it more. Thanks so much for stopping by.

  10. Friday,August 1, 2014 / 5:00 am

    What a cute little cart. Your pictures are beautiful! I love Goodwill. It’s become an addiction every weekend now to see what I can find.

    • Kristi
      Friday,August 1, 2014 / 6:46 am

      Thanks so much Michele! I love Goodwill now too. 😉 I think it takes just finding one or two great things at a great price to get hooked.

  11. Friday,August 1, 2014 / 6:14 am

    Very cute cart– you can’t beat the price! And your deck is beautiful! Thanks so much for sharing!

    ~Abby =)

    • Kristi
      Friday,August 1, 2014 / 6:44 am

      Thank you Abby. It was a great price. I just wish it would happen more often. 😉 I appreciate you stopping by to visit.

    • Kristi
      Friday,August 1, 2014 / 11:46 am

      Thanks Megan! We are really enjoying our space.

  12. Friday,August 1, 2014 / 4:13 pm

    What I can’t believe you scored that beauty for $5! So pretty, pinned 🙂

    • Kristi
      Friday,August 1, 2014 / 5:32 pm

      Thanks so much Kristin!

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    Friday,August 1, 2014 / 9:01 pm

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    • Kristi
      Friday,August 1, 2014 / 10:25 pm

      Thanks Joanne!

  14. Friday,August 1, 2014 / 8:40 pm

    It all looks really nice. Great find at GW, too. I just added a Kimberly Queen fern to our terrace. 😉

    • Kristi
      Tuesday,August 12, 2014 / 2:54 am

      Thanks Sarah! I was unusually lucky on that trip to GW.;) Don’t you just love the Kimberly Queen fern? I will definitely have one next year.

    • Kristi
      Sunday,August 3, 2014 / 8:41 pm

      Thanks so much Kathryn…you totally made my Sunday! I will definitely be back this week. Love your party.:)

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