Our Updated Deck: The Source List

If you follow me on any social media platform, you definitely now know that our updated deck was finally revealed on The Home Depot Apron blog yesterday. Woohoo!

Glitter and Goat Cheese - Newly updated and colorful deck and pergola for The Home Depot Patio Style Challenge

I’m so sorry for the onslaught of self-promotion! I had three posts launch yesterday, and oodles of work and love went into each one. Just had to get them out there!

To everyone who has been supportive and excited and so, so sweet over the past couple months: thank you! I know all the sneak peeks and vague mentions have probably been a little irritating. I hope the reveal was worth it!

So, the majority of the items on our fancy new deck are from The Home Depot, but we also incorporated some things we already had, plus a few new pieces. I figured I’d share the sources in case anyone’s interested.

Glitter and Goat Cheese - Sources for blue turquoise and fuchsia deck

The furniture set is the Hampton Bay Raynham 4-Piece Patio Seating Set from The Home Depot. We also bought a set of two matching ottomans.

The black and white striped outdoor rug is from Overstock. It was a gift from my mom and stepdad – thanks, guys!

The hanging baskets are from The Home Depot. Inspired by this beautiful window box, we stuffed them with alyssum, petunias and creeping jenny. They smell like heaven.

The teal chandelier is from Goodwill, and was painted with Rust-Oleum Painter’s Touch spray paint in Lagoon.

Glitter and Goat Cheese - Various potted plants on stands

The bronze watering can is from Target. I can’t find it on the site, but last time I checked (yesterday), they still had it in the store.

The aqua stool is from Ikea, and the three plants in it are croton petra, sedum and peperomia. All three pots were thrifted, and were spray-painted with Rust-Oleum Painter’s Touch in Flat White, French Lilac and Aqua.

The black stepstool is from Ikea. It’s meant for indoor use, so I sanded it and coated it with spar varnish before putting it outside. The round cement planter, which holds a haworthia, is from Target (I can’t find it on the site, but it’s from this collection and should still be in most stores). The two white polka dot pots came from the planter cemetery in my garage, got spray-painted with Flat White, and hold another peperomia and a snapdragon (which refuses to bloom! Any tips?!). We found the brass urn in the garage, drilled a hole in the bottom, and added a ZZ plant. The oval gold planter was another garage find – we just spray-painted it with Rust-Oleum Specialty Metallic in Gold and added three cacti.

The metal plant stand is from Target and also got spray-painted gold. The white glossy pot came from our garage and holds a sweet broom – which again, will not bloom anymore! What gives?!

The aqua and white pot, which I LOVE, is from HomeGoods, and holds a Persian Shield plant, which I also love. Look at those gorgeous purple leaves! I’m obsessed with it, and may or may not stroke it and whisper to it lovingly on a daily basis.

Glitter and Goat Cheese - Hampton Bay Raynham chairs with blue and fuchsia throw pillows

The bronze “side table” between the chairs is actually made from a tall planter from Target (similar) and a 12″ pizza pan. It works pretty well, though the pizza pan fills with water when it rains. We’re debating drilling tiny holes in it (the planter has a drainage hole at the bottom), but we’re a little nervous about the cancer-causing particles that would fly out of the anti-stick coating.

I sewed all the throw pillow covers myself – quite the undertaking, but very rewarding! The geometric blue and white fabric (called “Baja Sapphire”) is from Forsyth Fabrics, as is the solid fuchsia (this might be it). PS: The solid fuchsia is the only one of the fabrics that isn’t meant for outdoor use, so I make sure to put it away when it’s not being used. The blue ikat fabric is called “Journey Sea Glass” by P Kaufmann and is from Fabric.com.

Glitter and Goat Cheese - Black and white ikat and fuchsia suzani outdoor throw pillows

The black and white ikat fabric is called “Aztec Black” from Terrasol. It’s sold out on Fabric.com right now, which is where I bought it, but HouseFabric.com has it, too. The multicolored suzani fabric is called “Kaleidoscope Quartz” by Braemore, and I bought it on Ebay. A note about my pillows: I honestly just couldn’t afford to buy outdoor pillow inserts, so I used regular cheap inserts instead. I try not to leave our pillows out in the rain, anyway, but I may have to replace them if they ever end up getting mildewy.

The lantern you can see in the background is from this post.

Glitter and Goat Cheese - Hanging gold frame planter and teal chandelier

You can find out how we made the hanging gold frame planter in this post.

The three plants on the coffee table are another snake plant, a burro’s tail, and a crassula mesembryanthemoides. The little paint drip pot was made by me with leftover orchid paint from the tray. I’d post a tutorial, but it was so easy – you just spray-paint a pot white, turn it upside-down, and pour paint on it. One tip: Pour the paint and let it dry over aluminum foil so it doesn’t get stuck!

Glitter and Goat Cheese - Radiant Orchid and gold tray and spray-painted coasters

There are tutorials for the Radiant Orchid and gold leaf tray and spray-painted coasters in this post.

Glitter and Goat Cheese - Bronze geometric garden stool and blue planters

The metallic garden stool is from Ross Dress for Less. (I know, right?!)

The mass cane with a pothos at the base is from The Home Depot and is so cute, but got totally bleached from direct sunlight and had to come inside. Boo! Guess I should have done more research! The portulacaria afra and snake plant are both in planters from The Home Depot (here and here), and the sedum/sempervivum assortment is in a tall ceramic planter from HomeGoods.

I had so much fun picking out all the accessories. I love color, but I have a tendency to go overboard – and am not very good at editing, as you can probably tell – so I forced myself to stick to colors from the pillow fabrics.

Glitter and Goat Cheese - Black white fuchsia and blue updated deck and pergola

I’m actually fairly impressed with my own discipline: The only time I went outside the pillow palette was when I used the French Lilac spray paint on one planter and a coaster.

Oh, and I can’t forget the globe lights!

Glitter and Goat Cheese - Pergola with globe lights

We used these from Target. The Home Depot has a bunch to choose from, too, but we already had the Target ones strung on our railings, so we figured they might as well match.

Glitter and Goat Cheese - Deck and pergola strung with globe lights

And I think that just about covers it. If I forgot anything, leave a comment and I’d be happy to let you know more about it!

DIY Hanging Gold Frame Planter

Exciting news: Now that you’ve all heard me talking about the Home Depot Patio Style Challenge for well over two months, the reveal post is finally coming! TODAY! (Update: IT’S HERE!) And that means I’ll finally shut up about it!

… OK, no, it doesn’t. I mean, I have to tell you guys more about it. One post just isn’t enough! Let’s start with one of my favorite DIYs: our hanging gold frame with ombre plant pots.

Glitter and Goat Cheese - DIY hanging gold frame with ombre plant pots

One of the biggest reasons I wanted a pergola over our deck was so I could hang plants from it, and this project did not disappoint. It was one of the first things I started working on, and one of the last projects I finished. Things got a little crazy, and I’ll admit, I was a bad blogger and didn’t take enough process pictures. But I promise, you’re going to be able to recreate this sucker so easily. It’s very self-explanatory, and I’m going to throw in some pictures of the finished product to show what I’m talking about.


I started with a big picture frame that I found at Goodwill. It’s 43.5″ x 34.75″, and when I found it, the backing had already been removed and there were pieces of string stapled across the opening. Someone else was definitely using it for some kind of DIY display – it was a sign!

Glitter and Goat Cheese - Large thrifted gold frame

I removed the hanging brackets with a screwdriver and pulled out all the staples with some pliers.

I didn’t love the frame’s color, so I hit it with primer and Rust-Oleum Specialty Metallic gold spray paint. Specialty Metallic is meant for indoor use, so I coated it with Rust-Oleum Painter’s Touch in Clear Gloss, too. Make sure you spray both sides of the frame – even if you won’t see the back, you’ll want to seal the wood to protect it from the elements.

At first, Brad and I weren’t sure what to use to hang the pots from the frame. We knew that whatever it was should be able to support the weight of the pots on its own, since the frame isn’t meant to hold anything very heavy. When we saw a punched angle at Home Depot, inspiration struck.

Home Depot - Punched Zinc Angle

Brad cut it down to size with a Sawzall, and then screwed it into the back of the frame with the horizontal part on top. He used washers to make sure the screws didn’t go through the holes in the punched angle.

Glitter and Goat Cheese - Punched angle attached to back of frame

To hang the frame from the pergola, Brad drilled pilot holes into the underside of the end beam and then screwed in brass ceiling hooks. We attached an S-hook to each end of the punch angle, then hung the frame from the ceiling hooks using deco chain.

Glitter and Goat Cheese - Frame hung from pergola with chain and hooks

(Note that my S-hooks are gold. I couldn’t find brass ones, so I spray-painted ’em!)

So, that concludes the frame-hanging portion of the tutorial. Next up: the pots.

If you want to paint your pots, you’ll need to waterproof them first. Otherwise, when you water your plants (or when it rains), the moisture will soak through the terra cotta and make your paint bubble and crack. Get yourself some Thompson’s WaterSeal spray and apply a couple light coats to the inside of your pots, then let them dry for 24 hours. I know that’s a really long time. Be patient! They must be completely dry both before and during the waterproofing process, so make sure to cover them if you’re spraying outside and it’s going to rain.

Next, use a masonry bit to drill two holes in each pot. Make sure the bit will create a hole slightly larger than your S-hooks. The surface of the pot and the drill bit get really hot while you’re drilling, so try to keep the area wet to cool them down. I draped our hose over a nearby chair and set it up to drip on my pot while I was drilling.

Glitter and Goat Cheese - Drilling holes in terra cotta pots

Once your holes are drilled, paint your pots with whatever design your little heart desires. If you’ve chosen a lighter color, I’d recommend using a spray primer first. I was planning to create a two-tone look like this, but while I was spraying the color on the top portion without tape (I was going to tape for the white coat), I noticed that I was accidentally creating an ombre effect.

Glitter and Goat Cheese - Spray-painting ombre pots

I liked it (and didn’t feel like taping), so I flipped them over to add the white coat on the bottom, and then flipped them over again to finish off the color on top. The tapered angle of the pot helped to create a natural ombre, since the top is wider and therefore closer to the spray can.

After the spray paint was dry, I attached my small S-hooks (which I’d spray-painted gold) to the pots, using needle-nose pliers to squeeze them shut. Then, I added my plants – two ivys and three ferns.

I used a single piece of jack chain to hang each pot from the punched angle, running it up through one hole and down through another. I’d recommend experimenting with string to choose your lengths before you cut the chain – I screwed up and had to go buy more!
Glitter and Goat Cheese - Ombre gold and white pot hanging with brass jack chain

And that’s it!

Glitter and Goat Cheese - Gold frame with ombre pots hanging from pergola

Feel free to customize your picture frame planter with bigger pots, smaller pots, more pots, less pots, black chain, nickel chain, potted herbs, flowers … the world is your oyster. Comment if you have any questions! I have an “always respond to comments” rule, so you know I’ll get you an answer.

The Battle Against Rusty Stuff

Oops – it’s been two weeks of radio silence. My bad! Things have been a little nuts over here, between TWO crippling winter storms, an impromptu trip to Connecticut for my grandfather’s funeral, a busted water heater, etc etc etc. I’m getting NOTHING done around here. We had hoped to get a head start on the pergola, but the weather hasn’t exactly been conducive to outdoor projects. I’m just glad I got a few things done before it all started!

We’ll be adding a bunch of new items to our deck for the Patio Style Challenge, but we can’t replace everything, so my first task was to spruce up whatever I could with some spray paint. These were some of my tools:

Tools for updating rusty outdoor items - via Glitter and Goat Cheese

When we first moved in and I spray-painted our outdoor table and chairs, I used a sanding block to remove the chipping paint and then primed it with Rust-Oleum Rust Reformer. This time, though, I decided to upgrade to a wire brush attachment for our drill. It took almost everything – paint, rust, grime – off the items I was painting, so I didn’t need something as heavy-duty as the Rust Reformer. Instead, I used Rust-Oleum Rusty Metal Spray Primer, which is a little cheaper and takes minutes to dry instead of 24 hours.

One of the most necessary updates was to the light fixture by our backdoor. It was yuck-tastic.

Rusty outdoor light fixture - via Glitter and Goat Cheese

When we took it off the wall, we found a mud wasp’s nest behind it. There weren’t any live wasps in it, but it was SO. DISGUSTING. I took a picture, but I won’t subject you to it. Nasty, nasty, nasty.

First, we pried out the glass panes with a screwdriver – they were just held in with bendy pieces of metal, like a picture frame – and taped off the light socket and other electrical bits.

Disassembled outdoor light fixture - via Glitter and Goat Cheese

Cleaning it up with the wire brush attachment was pretty easy and quick, if not a little bit scary. (That thing spins FAST.)

Outdoor light fixture after using wire brush attachment - via Glitter and Goat Cheese

I didn’t bother trying to get down the bare metal. Our goal was just to get rid of the majority of the rust and create a smooth-ish surface.

After giving it a quick rinse and letting it dry, I hit it with a couple coats of primer.

Outdoor light fixture with Rust-Oleum Rusty Metal Spray Primer - via Glitter and Goat Cheese

Outdoor light fixture primed with Rust-Oleum Rusty Metal Spray Primer - via Glitter and Goat Cheese

I followed the primer with my trusty Rust-Oleum Universal spray paint in oil-rubbed bronze. While I was waiting for that to dry, I tackled the glass panes. I couldn’t spray paint them, so I went over the metal parts with a black Sharpie. It’s not ideal, but I think it worked OK! You can see the pane in its original state on the left and the Sharpie-d one on the right, here:

Outdoor light fixture glass panes - via Glitter and Goat Cheese

It looks a little weird up-close, but who gets close to outdoor light fixtures, right? Here’s the finished product:

Spray-painted outdoor light fixture - via Glitter and Goat Cheese

Much better, right?

This crusty old lantern was on our deck when we bought the house.

Rusty outdoor lantern via Glitter and Goat Cheese

It wasn’t in great shape, but I could tell it was good quality, so I decided to try and salvage it. The beveled glass planes alone were worth rescuing!

Beveled glass panes from outdoor lantern - via Glitter and Goat Cheese

To clean up the lantern, we used the same process as we did with the light fixture: wire brush and sanding, rusty metal primer, oil-rubbed bronze spray paint.

Outdoor lantern after spray paint - via Glitter and Goat Cheese

For the panes, I decided to try something a little different. Instead of tracing the metal parts with a Sharpie, I used a Krylon gold leaf pen.

Updating lantern glass panes with gold leaf pen - via Glitter and Goat Cheese

I LOVE how it turned out!

Updated outdoor lantern - via Glitter and Goat Cheese

Updated outdoor lantern close-up - via Glitter and Goat Cheese

Last and probably least: the grills on our outdoor speakers. Not a very exciting makeover.

Rusty outdoor speaker grills - via Glitter and Goat Cheese

Same process as the others, but with black spray paint. Wooo!

Spray-painted outdoor speaker - via Glitter and Goat Cheese

They came out a little blotchy and the speakers themselves still don’t look great, but meh. S’okay.

So, here are all the before-and-afters.

Before and after - spray-painted outdoor light fixture - via Glitter and Goat Cheese

Before and after - spray-painted outdoor lantern - via Glitter and Goat Cheese

Before and after - spray-painted outdoor speaker - via Glitter and Goat Cheese

Not bad for a few hours and a few cans of spray paint, right?

Hope you’re all surviving this winter weather nonsense! Have a great weekend, and happy Valentine’s Day!

Planning for a Pergola

As I was gathering inspiration and ideas for the Home Depot Patio Style Challenge, I came to one realization pretty quickly: All the outdoor spaces I really loved had some kind of overhead covering. It made the decks and porches feel more like rooms, and therefore more like an extension of the house. Plus, an overhead covering allows you to hang things like lighting, plants, curtains … I needed to have one.

We have a covered front porch, but we honestly never use it. We much prefer spending time on our deck, where we can watch our dog race around our fenced yard and have easy access to snacks the kitchen. So, I started thinking about attached pergolas.

Roof deck pergola via Flickr

Via Flickr

At first, this kind of construction project seemed a little nuts – kind of like building a king-sized bed – but the more research we did, the more doable it seemed.

We gathered advice from all the construction-savvy relatives in our families, read countless tutorials, dug through the city ordinances, and priced out the project. Ultimately, we decided we should at least give it a shot.

Because my husband is amazing, he taught himself how to use Google SketchUp in a matter of days and created a to-scale construction plan. It has the hardware, dimensions, angled cuts and notches, and pretty much every detail you can think of. It’s kind of amazing.

Pergola plans by Brad

It won’t actually be two-toned – the different shades of wood are just meant to differentiate the new construction from the existing deck. To give you an idea of how it’ll look in real life, here’s a “before” shot of the back of the house.

Before photo of our deck

We sent the plans to our HOA first, and they approved it quickly. Woohoo! The building permit application was a little more complicated, but we got a cryptic email today that I think implies that it was approved. We’ll find out for sure when Snowpocalypse is over and the city offices open back up. Whenever that is.

So, I think this thing is happening! Get excited!

Have you ever taken on a major construction project? Any advice?

My Inspiration: Colorful, Laid-Back Patio Style

If you follow me on Instagram, you may have seen a few mysterious images.

Patio Style Challenge Sneak Peeks - January

You may also be wondering why I’m working on deck decor in January. I swear, I’m not crazy. Well, not totally crazy, anyway.

You see, as it turns out, I’m going to participate in the 2014 Home Depot Patio Style Challenge. I KNOW, RIGHT?! I can’t really believe it either. But I’m SO excited.

The majority of the heavy lifting (literally) for this challenge will take place in late February and March. Y’all know I can’t wait that long, though. Come on. We’ll save a lot of the big projects for then, but I’m already planning out color schemes, furniture layouts, and many, many DIY projects. And I may or may not be getting started on a few of them.

When it all comes together, I want our deck to reflect the style of our home. Those of you who have been reading a long time know that I proclaimed our style to be “modern rustic glam” back in 2011, and that still holds true! There will be clean lines; bold colors and graphic prints; natural/rustic elements like wood (obviously), warm bronze and lots of plants; and of course, some gold. I’m getting pumped up looking at photos like these:

Colorful patio designed by Nancy Pearson via Traditional Home
This deck, designed by Nancy Pearson for Traditional Home, is one of my favorite outdoor spaces of all time. It has everything – color, a live edge table, classic lighting, greenery, texture … It’s just amazing. Here’s another photo of it, up close:
Colorful patio design by Nancy Pearson via Traditional Home

Another favorite is by Kristin Jackson of The Hunted Interior, and it’s actually from last year’s Patio Style Challenge.
Patio design by The Hunted Interior via The Home Depot Apron Blog
Kristin has a great eye for mixing patterns, and doesn’t this whole space just look so welcoming? I absolutely love her DIY live edge table. In fact, I love this deck design so much that I keep catching myself subconsciously copying it, and that is not OK. Must work on that! It’s just sitting in the back of my brain all the time.

Because it’s me, there will be definitely be black, white and turquoise, like these patios (both via Ciao! Newport Beach):
Black turquoise and white patio via Ciao Newport Beach

Black white and turquoise patio via Ciao Newport Beach

And some fuchsia, like this:
Fuchsia orange and purple outdoor space via Kate Spade Tumblr

Kidding. Not quite that much fuchsia.

I’m just so excited to get started! I get more excited every time I look at the posts from last year’s Patio Style Challenge. The bloggers came up with such creative designs – I hope I can swim in that kind of talented pool!

What are your favorite outdoor spaces? Let’s see ’em!