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Recycling an Old Deck into an Outdoor Retreat

Ah, the joys of a coastal climate….wet rot!  Our back deck had a large amount of wet rot; which has now been removed and I’m spending a bit of time each day fixing it up to become a simple and sweet little haven from the sun and rain.  I’m re-using a large amount of the wood which was still in good condition to build a covered outdoor deck.  Once completed, this will be our outdoor retreat where we can enjoy a cup of coffee, read a good book and enjoy the sound of the surf and chirping birds.


I have a loooooong way to go and to stay motivated I keep these dreamy deck photos around for inspiration.  Though my completed deck will probably not really look like any of these the overall ambiance is what I’m looking for.  There are elements in each example which I love and hope to combine to create my own little retreat.


Covered Deck during Summer






I’m trying to come up with a unique outdoor chandelier and this example is pretty darn cute!


Table Runner

Well, I’m off to work on my deck again and am hoping the fog and drizzle let up a bit today as I could use some sunshine for the weekend. Sunshine just seems to make everything better :O)

We’ll be hanging out with Sarah of A Beach Cottage this week…come over and have some fun!


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  3. Michelle

    These are beautiful! I would love to cover our deck and make it a shadey heaven and these are great ideas! I can’t wait to see what you come up with. :)

  4. Kat @Low Tide High Style

    Coastal living is very tough on wood and everything, but your inspiration pictures will make all of the hard work worth it! I love that chandelier idea too!

    Thanks for liking my photography FB page!

    Kat :)

  5. Emily

    Oh the problems with nature, but sometimes its what get our creative juices flowing. I see from your stash of idea photos you’ll come up with a beautiful space for your back retreat. i’ll look forward to your project.

    The French Hutch

  6. Shellbelle

    Many years ago when I lived in Indian Rocks Beach, FL, my neighbor replaced his boat dock. He gave me free access to all the beautifully aged wood and I was thrilled. I used it to mark off sections in my herb garden and loved the result. Nothing like recycling old into new! Can’t wait to see the finished result of your project!

  7. Jacqueline

    I love all those photos! Such inspiration, I’m also working on my deck for a lovely place to hang out, I added curtains so far and working on a outdoor bar/server next.

  8. Marie

    Well, all your inspirations are so beautiful! I can’t wait to see what you come up with. I’m sure it will be gorgeous knowing your design aesthetic. Have a wonderful weekend Marie!

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