We’re so excited to share with you the outdoor dining area we created on my parents’ deck today! We were able to pull the whole thing off for less than the $1500 budget we were given by World Market (more on that in this post) and many of the items we purchased, are now on sale for even less! Here’s how it looks now:
As a refresher, here’s the blank slate we started with:
Their wish list included:
• Easy seating for grandkids (of course they said this first <3)
• A rug
• Some sort of umbrella to block the sun, but also the berries and leaves the trees drop constantly
• A spot for an herb garden
We had everything in place for the Memorial Day family BBQ at their place and it was so heart-warming to see it come together for them. The table and benches are substantial and solid. I love the color of the wood and the fact that there are spaces for drainage–but the spaces aren’t too big–makes everything a lot more functional and comfortable.
We really went back and forth on whether or not to put an umbrella in the center of the table, or go with a cantilever one that can be moved around and positioned as needed–(there is a removable, wooden plug in the center of the table for either option). In the end, this cantilever one was the right choice here because the direction of the most intense sun comes from one side on this deck and it has been working wonderfully for them. I love the filtered light and how it leaves even more room on the table for spreads, or just really cute table runners and planters.
This space is large and really needed an 8×10 rug. This gorgeous graphic woven indoor/outdoor rug was sold out in that size (and would have pushed us over budget), so we went with a 5×8 and layered it over an inexpensive, plain rug to cheat the size out.
At either end of the table, we squeezed in additional seating with these beautiful outdoor hairpin chairs (2 for under $100!). I love the juxtaposition of the black chairs and warm wood and, bonus!, these chairs are stackable, substantial in weight and comfortable!
Against the house, we stationed a tiered planter stand for herbs, and a few of the birdhouses they collect.
As a finishing touch, we strung three strands of solar-powered lights–they don’t even need plugged in!–across the space of the deck, going from the house to the trees. It makes the whole space just as welcoming after the sun goes down, as it is during the day.
There are definitely a few accessories I’m eyeing for our own place and as I mentioned at the beginning, almost everything that we used is now on sale for even less! So I’ve updated the original mood board below to not only reflect the current prices (not sure how long they’ll last!) but also to serve as an inclusive source list to inspire your own outdoor dining spaces!
Tiered Planter Stand | Table Runner | Cantilever Umbrella
Outdoor Rug | Dining Table | Black Hairpin Chair
Barrel Planters | Navy Striped Pillow | Dining Bench
String Lights | Leather and Glass Vase | Tabletop Planter