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.

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!”

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