Artificial grass turned out to be the solution when Kristin Jackson unexpectedly needed to refinish her deck. Not only did it turn out to be an easy, low maintenance way to cover the deck floor, but it also turned out to be a lush, green, barefoot-friendly way to enhance her outdoor decor.
Of course, as the talent behind the very popular DIY and decor blog The Hunted Interior, Kristin knows a thing or two about outdoor decor. She was one of the first participants in our Patio Style Challenge series with her amazing deck makeover. After a minor incident that erased some of the work she did on the deck, she’s back for a bit of a refresh. It’s what we’re calling a Patio Style Challenge Redux.
Outdoor Decor with Artificial Grass
This idea for this Patio Redux was spontaneously thought of during our Style Challenge last year… The artificial grass was delivered for the bocce court we built, and my husband rolled it out on the top deck to see what the faux grass actually looked like.
He automatically said, “Man, I wish we could cover the deck in this stuff!!”
I laughed and said, “Let’s build a bocce court first!”
So when spring came around this year and the pollen had all fallen, I pulled out our pressure washer to clean the deck. Apparently, I set it to destroy mode, because it took off about 90 percent of the stencil I had so painstakingly painted on the deck two years ago. You can see what the stenciled deck floor looked like in the photo below. It had been sealed after I completed it, but the pressure washer’s strength won out in the end.
I was throwing out the options of refinishing the deck, resurfacing the deck, but all of these ideas were going to be really time consuming and after completing a full kitchen remodel, I was done with big projects! So, I laughed and mentioned “What about artificial grass?!” and my husband automatically said “LET’S DO THIS!!”
Adding Artificial Grass to the Deck
I was able to order the artificial turf in one giant piece, and have it delivered as a giant rug. It arrived 22 x 15… aka the world’s largest area rug. And the sucker was heavy too. But once we got it up the stairs and all rolled out, I knew we made the right decision.
I did have to trim a few areas around the doors and around a few of the deck posts, but that was easily accomplished with a sharp pair of scissors. And fortunately, the grass is heavy enough that it requires no method to attach it to the deck. The weight of the artificial grass allows it to lay on the deck with no shifting.
The Outdoor Furniture
As far as the furniture is concerned, most of the furniture from two years ago has remained the same. Our DIY Live Edge Table and chairs are still holding strong and our Beverly Sectional from Hampton Bay looks as good as it did the day we opened it. I did take out the corner section of the sectional providing just a little extra room for our four-year-old to run around.
Creating a long sofa with the sectional seats left the need for a different coffee table. I opted for three garden stools instead of one long table so that guests can pull them up as needed. Plus, they can even act as additional seating when needed.
I also brought in some more striped pillows to help the deck feel more cohesive with the black and white striped theme of my floating deck in the backyard. You can see the floating deck in the background of the photo below.
DIY Console Table
The one DIY project I did tackle for this space was a new console table. We retired a cinder block planter almost a year ago and have been left with a vacant spot and a need for a serving space during parties.
All I needed to build this simple console table was two decorative deck posts that I cut down to the correct height and a 2-in x 12-in x 8-ft piece of lumber. The associates at my Home Depot store are always so helpful when it comes to cutting down my lumber for me. I had them cut the piece in half to create the top and the bottom of the console.
After cutting off a few inches of the decorative posts, I decided to use the scraps as feet for the table as well. There was literally no waste when it came to this table! I love it when that happens on a project.
A Foundation for the Grill
Besides entertaining and playing on the deck, we also grill out here every single night… rain or shine.
When it came time to position the grill on the faux grass, I decided to add some stone pavers beneath it to catch any spills that might happen. I really like how it made the grill a designated area on the deck.
A Low Maintenance Deck Floor
We keep it clean by simply using a leaf blower for any stray leaves that fall. If anything spills (or if the dog has an accident… can you really blame her?!) it can be hosed off. The artificial grass carpet also has excellent drainage and doesn’t leave pools of water lingering after a heavy downpour.
We all love being out on the deck now (barefoot of course!!!). This fake grass feels amazing! And I am shocked at how much cooler the deck seems now without the dark stain of the deck. Plus, I don’t have to worry about splinters anymore!
We have started having movie nights out here as well! I’ll be sharing more details about that on my site very soon. The great thing is, the kids can watch their movies on the top deck and the adults can relax on the lower deck, with everyone still in sight. The two spaces merge together so nicely now and I can’t wait to spend the summer enjoying our green “grass!”
Kristin Jackson is an interior designer who specializes in creating luxurious spaces while making every dollar count. She shares her design ideas and tutorials on her blog The Hunted Interior.
Take a look at the selection of artificial grass available at The Home Depot.