Real Life Ain't Purdy

7.20.2014

Most readers think that because the front and inside of the house looks nice from the photos I have shared that the outdoor living space must be nice, too. Well, in our case it isn't and that is why I never share it.


This is what our outdoor living space looks like right now. We have a large deck desperately in need of a new paint job. What I would prefer is to tear this deck down and add a material like Trex, but it isn't in our budget so I will settle for paint. Oh, and by the way the deck is brown even though it looks purple.

Yes, there are pots with no plants, rusty urns and rusty shelving and our little grill. We decided after replacing many gas grills that we would just get a Weber charcoal grill.

I haven't had any desire to add new plants and flowers out here this year because of the condition of the deck. Mr. Savvy was supposed to build a pergola out here, but it hasn't happened yet. We will hopefully paint out here in early fall before the leaves start falling.

We actually already have a few leaves falling from lack of rain, but we got some much needed rain this weekend.

Hopefully after the deck is painted and maybe a pergola added I will be able to find some reasonably priced cushioned furniture to sit out here on instead of these old metal chairs that need to be painted again.

At least the Rose of Sharons are pretty.

Yep, so now you know why I don't share the outdoor living area.

Because real life ain't purdy!

I hope the rest of your weekend is purdy!

Be sure to come back tomorrow for a giveaway.

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51 comments:

  1. Nice deck area! It wouldn't take much at all to fix it up and make it purdy! Go for it!

    Gigi @ Old World Patina

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  2. Kim,
    I love the deck space. I think after you refresh it with paint and add some furniture and a few plants it will be a great space. Love the roses they are beautiful. Just an FYI we got this product from Rustoleum and Behr makes one now too that you paint your deck with and it holds up really well. It is a deck restore paint and with all the watering I do and wear to our deck this is the first product I have found that holds up and I did not have to paint again this spring. I was pleased it held up through that bad winter we had. Every year we had to paint the deck and this was the first time we did not. So you might want to check out these two products at Home Depot. They come in all kinds of colors or they can make any color you want.
    Kris

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    1. Kris, we do plan on using one of those products. I have heard great things about them.

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  3. Lol - your deck actually looks better than mine these days. A few days of forgetting to water and I have a neglected looking space! Enjoy your Sunday!
    -Shelley

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  4. I'd love to have a Trex deck too. We stained our deck a few years ago but some areas get worn out quicker than others and end up looking shabby. The spindles on the deck are the most tedious but they last a lot longer than the deck surface. I love that antique white planter piece. I also wanted a pergola and a screened in area but my hubby isn't handy with wood projects so I don't see it happening! Looks like your deck is a nice size for dining on. We broke down and bought one more gas grill and it's a Weber (I think we've been through 4 before this one). After extensive shopping and asking lots of questions that's the brand we landed on. So far it's been a satisfying purchase!

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  5. Love this post Kim. We postponed our pergola for the next house. We were actually thinking of doing it this year but we decided why bother if we are selling. I just love the look of pergolas!

    Yup...real life ain't purdy, on so many levels! At least at our house and especially at the moment!LOL

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  6. I love this Kim! I mean not for you, but to know that you're human like the rest of us! Lol It's really not bad! Beautiful view! I feel the same way this summer, it's just so dang hotttt!!!!! I don't feel like doing anything outside if it doesn't include water! Thanks for sharing your not so, as you put it "purdy" side!! Have a great Sunday! Xo Kathy

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  7. Thank you! Sometimes I feel like my home is the only one showing its age. And this weekend, especially, it seems like we can't stay ahead of what needs to be done around here. We have to make a decision on our deck, too (and juggle some numbers) and our enclosed back porch is looking even more shabby than usual. Good luck on your projects!

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  8. It's a nice big deck filled with possibilities, Kim...I know you'll have fun working your magic!

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  9. Kim, I'm cracking up because my deck and yours could be twins. I know the pain. Thanks for the no holds bar look at reality...a reality we share :)

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  10. The outside still looks beautiful. I just painted our small front porch and used paint from Home Depot that is supposed to wear longer - so far so good but should have gone darker because it shows every mark.

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  11. Kim, I don't think your deck looks so bad because I'm crushing on those red metal chairs! It's been so darn hot that it has been pure torture just to keep everything watered so the thought of painting in this heat is unimaginable! Leo is a real purist when it comes to grills-we just keep replacing our Webers because he prefers the charcoal taste over gas. I imagine you get some nice breezes since your deck is up high!

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  12. Love your post today, it is refreshing to see someone share the part of their home still needing work. I am certain that this will help to remind your readers that while your home is lovely that it is still a work in progress much like the rest of us. I dare say we all have those corners we have yet to work on. Your deck is a wonderful space that with your eye for detail and your tender living care will be transformed into a showplace...looking forward to seeing your after post on this space when you get to it.

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  13. This post reminds me of an incident years ago...I'm known for having everything "perfect" all the time, like you. Once, I mentioned to a friend on the phone that my house was a wreck...she said she would have to see it to believe it...Then, she said, "if I'm a real friend, you will let me see it." Well, I let her in before I cleaned it and she just laughed all the way through the house! This post is just more confirmation that we are all human and it takes much hard work to make things purdy like we're known for. Thank you for this post!
    judypimperl.blogspot.com

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  14. You will love a pergola! Shade, blessed shade. We shopped estate sales for a lot of our outdoor furniture, then painted it to our liking. HG has the best outdoor cushion prices.

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  15. HAHAHAHA... If you can only hear the loud laughing from over here. Oh Kim...real life does have big teeth :) My patio is my nemesis. In the hot Florida sun, and pounding rains, the patio goes through furniture like no ones business.... Just put a set on the curb for the trash man. So, yes, you guessed it, it is not at it's best. But it's all good :)
    Hugs, Gee

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  16. I can totally relate to not sharing things that aren't pretty.Nobody has a perfect house...thanks for keeping it real friend.
    xx
    Anne

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  17. Could have written this post! My backyard is ehh and I am trying trying to figure out what to do. Finally got rid of all the missmatch stuff out there.. everything! Painted things I wanted to keep ORB and got a new patio table with outdoor wicker chairs... Still waiting for my patio overhang.. oh and a pool. lol

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  18. Over the course of a decade I've had two gas grills...gave them away to sons and have a little table top Weber grill :)

    Well you have your lovely pond area to enjoy and did alot of hard work there this year. This is still nice...doesn't have to be perfect to be useful...the view looks pretty .

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  19. Kim, homes are continually a work in progress, inside and out. Our outdoor living space needs new cushions again. The pesky squirrels rip into the fabric to pull out the stuffing for their nests. Last time we had them remade, we purchased covers. Didn't make a difference. They chewed through the covers. Now summer heat has taken a toll on some of the pot plants. Always something to do. Ha!
    You have a lovely space. A pergola is a great idea. Good luck with your projects.

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  20. The roses are enough eye candy for me; I'd be out there every morning, bright and early, with the sun shining into my morning coffee, and the birdies singing me awake! Your deck isn't that bad, at all! I love the the height and all the beautiful, bordering bushes and trees look lush, creating just enough privacy to enjoy the colours, sounds, scents and tastes of summer! BTW, I've also been waiting for a pergola, (trying to beat that bothersome budget glitch!), but our umbrella is taking care of business, so far.

    Have a wonderful week, Kim!

    Poppy

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  21. Our yard is so tiny that there's not much we can do with it. Love the size of your deck. Can't wait to see it all redone.

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  22. I've seen lots worse Kim but I know the feeling of wanting something better also. There are a couple of rooms in my house that I wouldn't show either.

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  23. My back patio is purdy, but you should see the front!
    Brenda

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  24. Kim I just like appreciate the fact that you keep it real. I just cleaned up my outside space last weekend. However, my deck still needs scrubbed, even with Trex, it has some mold on it, yuck? I am sure when you are finished it will look lovely.

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  25. I love it when bloggers get real, Kim :) We all live normal lives with normal messes and it's good to remember that "real life ain't purdy".

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  26. Great deck though! I bet some paint will do the job for now and purdy new plants around it! Paint is magical! Thanks for sharing anyway, now we know, lol!
    FABBY

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  27. I see tons of potential for out there. I bet you will get it all decorated once you get a new paint job. Can't wait to see it.

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  28. We all have those areas that need "tending"....and yes, such is real life!!!...I am sure Mr. Savvy will get to it maybe when it gets cooler outside! :)

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  29. Hi Kimmie! Now you know you've just shattered my image of you! :) We're all just real and all have places that need a little tweeking. You know I love your lovely home.
    Be a sweetie,
    Shelia ;)

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  30. I don't think your back deck looks bad. It doesn't look as bad as ours did before we cleaned and stained it! Our wood had gotten so dried out from neglect. Now, we're moving on to our front porch. Jimmy and I will be re-painting it in about a week. He had to replace rotten wood, clean it, secure loose spindles, sand uneven spots etc. It has been a lot of work. I'm sure one weekend of work will have your deck looking good as new. You could plant pretty flowers in the Fall. It's too hot right now. My flowers don't look very good right now.

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  31. It is called Life Gets in The Way! It's a struggle everyday to keep up with it all, but that's kinda the fun of it, planning new projects! One Day At A Time!

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  32. I hope you get your deck painted AND the pergola built!!! Mr. Savvy, are you listening??:):):) Your deck is so nice and big, oirs is a PIA. I do love the Trax though, I am so glad we were able to do it but it is a TEENY deck. I love that you shared this. My little sweetheart is on her way here right now!!!!!!!!!!

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  33. It's a pleasure to be able to visit again! I've been having soooo many technical issues and computer not working ~ very frustrating! I don't think your deck looks bad but I do understand how you feel. I didn't plant any flowers on my balcony this year ~ first time ever. By the time I really was in the mood, it was late and in this Texas heat, it's difficult to keep them going. We have been very fortunate though that we're not having triple digits daily...at least, not yet. :)

    Hope you're enjoying your Sunday!
    xo
    Pat

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  34. Kim, if only you could see our yard. No flowers just some dying shrubs. I'm hopeless in the garden and that is why I never, ever, share outside. I've love to have your garden any day. A bit of TLC and it will be amazing. Another work in progress ... ;) x J

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  35. Check out Moisture Shield and Azek decking before you buy Trek.... have heard some negative things about Trek.

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  36. Kim, I love your blog and your home! Seeing that your deck isn't magazine ready has really helped me. I can get some rest and stop working so hard around here-- trying to get my home perfect! Thank you for sharing.

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    1. Oh, Dyanna, my home is so far from perfect and is always needing things fixed, repaired and updated since it is almost 19 years old. :)

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  37. Even your back deck really is pretty! Everything you do is!!! I know I have seen it in person! Hope you get your pergola!

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  38. Thanks for keeping it real! My deck wouldn't look so bad if I didn't feel the need to feed all those raccoon mamas and their babies...they make a real mess!

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  39. It's a great space, and all it needs is a little love. If anyone can transform it, I have faith in you, Kim! Our deck was re-stained this spring, and it did make a big difference. I hope you work those red chairs into your plan somehow - they are fabulous!

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  40. It's a great space, and just needs a little love. If anyone can transform it, I have faith that you can, Kim! We re-stained our deck this spring, and it made a big difference. I sure hope you can work those red chairs into your plan - they are fabulous!

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  41. Love the size of your deck! I'm sure you will make it beautiful!

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  42. If that deck was gray, I'd swear you were at my house!! Can't wait to see what y'all do. It was great seeing you at Haven!
    Have a great week,
    Debbie

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  43. You have no idea how badly I needed see that and know I'm not the only one. Trust me when I say my outdoor living space looks much worse than yours. I do desperately want to add cushions and pillows but, I don't trust our dog not to tear them up. Speaking of... I bet you could start finding outdoor furniture on clearance now.

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  44. It's good to show the real deal! Just a bit of info - my MIL has the trex and it actually seems slippery to me when I walk on it with shoes (other than something rubbery like flip flops, etc.). I always worry about slipping on her stairs! What if you stripped the paint and then stained instead of painting? Or could you strip the paint and then just seal? I think it will all look just fine once you paint/stain/whatever and get some furniture. Our patio is off our sunroom and is an area we use daily, weather permitting. Oh and we prefer a charcoal grill as well!

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  45. Soooooo glad you showed us this Kim! Gotta get those real life glimpses now and then huh? :-) Ours was way worse than that and we were finally able to put on a new one but I completely relate to not wanting to even put any flowers or decorations out there!

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  46. Kim, just a thought...paint all your planters black and you'll be amazed how much better everything looks. I just did that to mine & it brought a cohesive look to my eclectic taste. I had the rusty look going for a few years and am loving the black again. Change...the only constant. Blessings, Cheryl Ann

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  48. Don't feel so bad, my front looks picture perfect and the back is another story. My back deck has been neglected too. Its' funny everything you mentioned is the same thing in my backyard except for your flowers I don't have any flowers. Some day it will happen.

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  49. Always a work in progress. Our deck is ok because we actually use it more this time of year..come Fall it is a mess even though it all looks pretty.

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