Though it’s winter here in Georgia, I can feel spring approaching! The high temps are staying above 50°, which is a good sign. Maybe it’s wishful thinking for this Florida girl, but I’ll take sunny & slightly chilly over gray & cold any day!
With spring approaching, we’ll be spending many more days outside. I’m hoping to plant a garden, if I can find a spot that gets enough sun through all of our monstrous trees. But one thing I love, is spending time on our deck! We grill dinners, watch the kids jump on the trampoline, and have friends & family over. After we moved into our house, 1 of our many projects was to sand & restain the deck. This was the original deck:
It might not look bad in the picture, but up close the wood was very rough and had some mildew. After sanding & staining (a big process in itself, but handy hubby did it all), I really wanted some lights hung. I found a great idea on Pinterest (I can no longer find the link) for using galvanized pipes & sticking them into the ground if you had a ground level deck. I thought this might work if we could attach the pipes to the edges of the deck, and it did!
Here is what we used:
3 – 10 ft. ¾” galvanized pipe poles (you may need 4, depending on the configuration of your deck)
3 – pipe caps
1 – Bag of ¾” Two Hole Rigid Conduit Straps
1 – can black spray paint
1 – set string lights (we got a great industrial pack with Edison bulbs at Costco)
Screws for the deck
These are the poles I found at Lowe’s:
I spray painted the poles, caps, and attachments until well coated. Once dry, I hammered the caps into place with a mallet. We used the conduit straps to attach a pole to each edge of the deck, using 2 straps per pole. You may need to use more, just to ensure they are secure.
Finally, hang your lights! I did this myself, as Evan was busy doing something else. And let me tell you, the industrial lights from Costco are NOT lightweight! I also had to stand on the rails of the deck to get them high enough. For a girl afraid of heights, my hands are sweating just thinking about it! 🙂 We used black electrical tape to secure them in place (this part required Evan because I didn’t use enough at first so the strands came crashing down after a few minutes.)
Now, we have a great space for entertaining in the evenings, enjoying the warm weather!
Hope this inspires you to make a great space for yourself!