DIY Bar Cart & a Deck makeover for fall

Happy Friday! Today I’m sharing a new space—well, I’ve shown it once before, when our furniture arrived…

This past summer we added a TV and a grill, and have been entertaining quite a bit so it was time to step things up.

I found this bar cart plan from Ana White and knew it was exactly what we needed:

If you follow along on instagram you may have seen the construction in progress:

There were a few hiccups, but thankfully my dad was there to come to my rescue, so it all worked out in the end.

My first thought was to stain it, but the deck has so much brown tones and it would’ve been too much. I had some black exterior paint leftover from our front & kitchen doors so I knew that would be really sharp looking.

I took my time with this one—patching every hole and sanding it all down…

Then gave it a few coats of paint and added hardware:

And I just love it.

My family was headed over for an evening BBQ shortly after these were taken, so I decided to have a little fun decorating (seasonally appropriate, of course—even though it was 85° yesterday)

I love that the tray is removable, and that the cart is on wheels so we can roll it right up next to the grill if needed.

Form & function at it’s best.

And while I was at it, I couldn’t help but have a little fun with the rest of the deck…

When the sun sets, temperatures cool down and we break out the blankets and lanterns.

Even little Biscuit wants in on the action.

I ordered the striped pillows from Target for a steal—$54 shipped for all four, and love the pop of color and pattern they bring to the space.

I still have a few more plants to add but it’s almost there.

We’ve only had our grill for a month or so but it has been put to good use already (another flea market score!)

To get a better sense of layout, here’s looking towards the deck entrance (from the living room and kitchen):

The TV is on a swing arm and can be adjusted for viewing (it was used on our patio in Florida and works great here, too). It’s connected to our main system inside so it can play any TV, music, etc on the same channel as the rest of the house.

Outdoor living is huge in California, especially in the transitional seasons when the temperatures consistently hover in the 70’s and 80’s.

The outdoor space is the reason we bought this house—thankfully we didn’t need to do any major renovations out here.

These mountains, cozy furniture and good company are all you need.

Cheers to fall…

Aside from a few more plants, I ordered some cafe lights to string above the deck so I can’t wait for those to arrive. Just those couple additions and we should be all set!

Meanwhile, the living room is a different story. Our tile guy bailed on us at the last minute so we had to scramble to find a replacement. Reliable and reasonable contractors around here are hard to find apparently, so we ended up going with Lowe’s for the installation. Hoping to get the ball rolling on that next week!

I’m still keeping busy with projects, though. Putting the finishing touches on one wall in our living room and building an end table this weekend. I’ll have more to share on Monday, so check back then! Enjoy your weekend…

21 thoughts on “DIY Bar Cart & a Deck makeover for fall

  1. I'm new to your blog (found you on I Heart Organizing), and am really enjoying going back and reading all your posts about this house. The view that you have is incredible! I don't know how you get anything done…I think I would find myself staring out the window all the time!

  2. I found your blog recently just by accident from another decorating blog (not sure which one) and I really love what you've done with your home! We have a home not too far from you, along Lake Tulloch, and you can see some of our stuff on our family blog:
    My husband is reading your blog too as well as my daughter in law who is a graphic artist in San Francisco. She and my son just bought a house and she loves what you've done with yours! Unfortunately, my son is not too handy so we'll see how that goes 😉
    We also just went to Deutschman Lumber to look for old wood for a shelf, after reading your post about it. What a great find. My husband grew up on his uncle's lumber yard so he loved chatting with the owner.
    Anyway – great job and we enjoyr reading!

  3. Hi Kathy and Dave—it's great to see a local! We just love Lake Tulloch—we were looking to buy there originally but it's a bit of a drive to my parents and the convenience of town so we stuck with Sonora. It's my dream to own a house on the lake one day though 🙂 Glad you were able to discover Deutschman. Thanks for commenting and I hope you'll stick around!

  4. Hi Dara, we have a custom waterproof cover for when it's not in use. It's also underneath the overhang so it's protected pretty well from the elements (the temperatures don't hurt the electronics). And it rains only a handful of times every year 😉

  5. I love this space! I'm completely inspired to finish our outdoor space! I started on it earlier this year and just lost steam. Thank you!!! This is just what I needed! Have a wonderful weekend with your family!

  6. Your house is seriously stunning. Loving your design choices!

    Where did you get that woven tray you gave on your side table? Im looking for something similar and looks like the right sz i need. Thx!

  7. Thank you Ashley, that's so sweet! I'm not an interior designer so I don't offer any services, it's all just for fun 🙂 But thank you for asking!

  8. Hi Jenna I love everything about your deck. I have the same gray striped pillows from target. Love them! Where did you get that pretty blue and white plaid throw?


  9. OMGoodness. I just found your blog, through the house tour and am in LOVE with this space. I would LOVE to live somewhere that had such wonderful weather that outdoor furniture and decor could be left out year round! WHAT a dream…..that I have had all my life. I am amazed that you can even have a TV out there. Everything is just beautiful. Now I will be looking around the house.

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