How To Improve Depressing Deck?

How To Improve Depressing Deck?

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Tess Wilson
Dec 14, 2015

Q: My husband and I could use help with the deck off our kitchen. It is narrow and long (10' x 18') and we feel it has potential, but every single time we go out there we can't stand it and come inside right away. And we've lived here 8 years! There is something depressing about the narrowness, the brownness of the deck, and the super tall peach stucco walls. Plus there is an overhang (upper deck) over the part near the kitchen, which is just... depressing. Because of the tall walls, the deck is in shade most of the time, except in high summer, when it is 100-ish degrees...

I am determined to make it usable space before the year is up! What I'm thinking is that we need to do a major happiness injection: new chairs with happier pillows, paint the deck maybe a light gray (what goes with peach stucco?) with a stencil (something like our curtains, above?), and then I want to hang outdoor art in blues and greens. We can't touch the walls (HOA rules) but maybe we could use a shepherd's hook inserted into the wood to hang art? Will this help? Any and all ideas are welcome. -Sent by Helen in SoCal

Editor: Readers, we have got to help—if not for Helen's sake, then for the sake of everyone out there who doesn't have a deck or any outdoor space at all! Helen's got the space, a thriving plant, a pretty chair, and a reasonably temperate climate; we just need to figure out how to make it all work together. Please advise!

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