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Our pink and orange deck {before & after}

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Today I am sharing our pink and orange deck reveal.  The before pictures are not the best. Who knew last summer (before I started blogging) I would need a picture of our deck. Thankfully, I had taken one with my phone last summer of this poor little structure looking dreary and thirsty for some stain! The transformation of this deck is unbelievable in my eyes.

pink + orange deck reveal

BHG inspired deck design


unstained deck looking very old


Deck after

The floor before,

Deck before

A couple weeks ago, I shared some pictures on my twitter and facebook page of us staining this space. Note to self, do no add a rubber backed outdoor rug to a space that has been painted/stained. The humidity last summer adhered the rug to the floor and when I ripped up the rug, all the stain came up and the rubber was stuck to the wood. Lets just say, it took me 2 weekends to scrape and strip off the rubber and existing stain.

deck floor before

Deck before


BHG inspired deck design

The furniture is from BHG purchased at Walmart a couple years ago.  The addition of flowers, an indoor/outdoor rug and accessories I had laying around the house, I think add such a warm and cozy feel.

BHG inspired deck design

I love pink and orange together and I think the colors look great with the sand colored furniture cushions. I picked up these pink hydrangeas at Michaels on sale for $4.50. The watering can was a brown brassy color so I gave it a quick coat of powdered blue spray paint.

BHG inspired deck design

BHG inspired deck design

I bought this bench from Homegoods last summer on clearance for $69. I bought the fabric for the cushions and throw pillows at fabric.com. The pillow fabric is Silsila Lawn indoor/outdoor by P Kaufmann and the cushion fabric is hugo stripe grenadine by P Kaufmann. If you would like to sew your own pillow covers, be sure to check out our pillow cover tutorial.

BHG inspired deck design

I purchased the pink and orange scatter bath rugs from Marshalls for under $5 each! I was pretty excited about that 🙂

BHG inspired deck design

BHG inspired deck design

BHG inspired deck design

This is the view from my back door,

BHG inspired deck design

This is my summer mom cave spot.

We used Natural Cedar and linen Behr porch and floor stain. I think the two toned stain color coordinates nicely with our pink and orange deck color scheme. I highly recommend power washing your deck first and allowing it to dry for  24-48 hours before staining. The stain is water based so it’s very easy to apply. How about you, are you tackling a deck project this summer? Send me some pictures if you are.

Would you like to learn how to build a DIY lattice privacy screen? If you have an unsightly spot on your deck, this tutorial will help you hide it. Be sure to check out our outdoor rooms and covered porches that wow as well.

Meet Jessica

What started as a hobby, Jessica’s blog now has millions of people visit yearly and while many of the projects and posts look and sound perfect, life hasn’t always been easy. Read Jessica’s story and how overcoming death, divorce and dementia was one of her biggest life lessons to date.


  1. Jessica,
    This looks awesome. Way to go! It will be such a wonderful place to spend summer evenings!

  2. Love your combo of orange and pink. Great fabric choices. Looks beautiful. I see you spending a lot of time out there. Thanks for sharing, liz

  3. It looks great! I really love the pink & orange together. So summery & fun. Enjoy!

  4. What a beautiful space, Jess! Love the touches of pink. I would love spending a lot of time out there. πŸ™‚

  5. Absolutely gorgeous!
    i have a question…what about the elements? Rain and stuff. won’t it ruin it all?
    I live in Miami where rain and humidity eat things up. I have a hard time keeping things fresh and clean.

    1. Hi, thank you πŸ™‚ I cover everything at night with inexpensive grill covers. Yes, I buy the fleece lined, waterproof grill covers (large ones for $10) at Ocean State Job lots. Not sure if you have that store in Florida? YOu can also buy the actual covers in Walmart that are made for the furniture, I have the love seat one and it was $20. Covers are well worth the investment! Check out grill covers though, they are pretty inexpensive and serve the purpose . Thanks for stopping by!

    1. Thank you Maury! Hope you are having a great 4th of July week πŸ™‚

  6. What a beautiful spot to hang out in this summer, Jessica!! You must LOVE how it came out!! Hope you enjoy many happy times out there with your family and friends….it is so inviting, fun and pulled together!

    1. Thanks Lisa! Hope you are enjoying your summer πŸ™‚

  7. I just came across your blog through Pinterest. Gorgeous space. Love all the colors that you choose. I’m still in the process of updating our backyard a little more to make it feel more like the inside of our home. Your project gives me some great inspiration. Have a great day Jessica. πŸ™‚

    1. Hey Nancy! Thanks so much, it’s a fun spot to hang out πŸ™‚

  8. Jennifer I. says:

    This looks great! Can I ask….did you just pressure wash? We have a red stain on our deck that’s peeling off similar to what you had (we just bought the house 10 months ago and haven’t done the deck yet) – I’m wondering if we need to sand too to go with something more natural like what you have…..what do you think?

    1. Thank you πŸ™‚ Yes I just pressure washed and a tiny bit of sanding (very minimal on the spots that were really bad with a sanding block) but the pressure washer cleaned 99% of it. Good luck!

  9. Just catching up on what you’ve been up to lately! Love your deck. The stain looks amazing. Also, love your pillows and the cushion you made for the loveseat. Great job!

  10. gorgeous! what a happy place to relax and hang out with family!

  11. Hilarious, what is up with those Southern gals thinking we have accents??? Just found your wonderful blog through Sand and Sisal, long-time fan of Rhoda’s at SH though. Sounds like Haven was a big success, so nice that you were able to attend and meet up with your “computer friends”.

    1. I know huh? πŸ™‚ Thanks so much for stopping by! Glad to have you.

  12. Hi Jessica, thanks for shouting out to us on Twitter. We first saw your blog a few months ago when Southern Rhoda (an old friend!) featured it on her blog. You’ve got a great eye! All those generations are lucky to have you. Enjoy your summer in your “mom cave” (love it!) Your friends at HomeGoods

    1. Thanks so much for the sweet comment and visiting our blog! FYI, I am very close by in a neighboring town (you are in Framingham right?) so if you guys ever do a fun blogger promotion, get together or whatever, please let me know πŸ™‚ Have a great rest of the day!

  13. Looks awesome! How did you do the wood by hand or with a sprayer? If you used a sprayer what type of sprayer? What type of product?

  14. Pat Asquith says:

    Love, love, love it! Great job! I think I would live out there the entire summer!

  15. I love your porch! Could you please share with me the orange color you used on the beams? I am treating a family I am friends with to a summer of house love, and the exterior paint is the finale! I am so pleased at how good your colors work on the stick style porch columns!

    1. Thank you!It’s called natural cedar (porch and deck stain) at HOme Depot. I think they may have discontinued the color but not sure?

      1. Thank you! I really appreciate the reply. I found your porch picture from googling ideas, but then saw it on Pinterest recently decorated for Fall! I must have already been following you!! Crazy! Are you part of the must-follow Christian Women board?

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