Tonya Diehl
Tonya Diehl
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  • Murphysboro, IL

Back Deck Makeover/Pergola Reveal


We have lived in our house for 8 years now & it seems as though each year we have worked on and/or added to our outdoor space. It has always been a work in progress, but this year, I think we have finally reached a point where we can say that the back deck is DONE!! With the addition of a pergola, outdoor curtains, & a fireplace, we have completely transformed the space into a backyard oasis!
A look at the space as a whole.
One of two entertaining areas.
Outdoor fireplace from Lowes.
Dining area.
Window box full of petunias & succulents serve as a centerpiece.
DIY curtains made from bedsheets. Then I added the stripes to the bottom with paint & painter's tape.
Here is a look at our back deck last summer.
And here is a look at our space now.
Tonya Diehl

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  • Patricia
    on Mar 27, 2016

    Very nice! Love the curtains. What type of paint is used.? Where do you get it?

  • Julie Cox
    on Sep 18, 2017

    How did you do the pergola?
    • Connie Harbor
      on Sep 22, 2017

      Don't know how they did this one, but my sister just had one built at her beach house. The builder installed top slats at an angle so that we are never sitting in direct sunlight. Amazing!
  • Kay Spangler
    on Dec 4, 2018

    Your deck is beautiful. Thanks for sharing. My question is; what are the dimensions of your pergola? (Outside of post to outside of post) Thank you!

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  • Julie
    on Jul 8, 2019

    I was going to ask "how does the pergola keep it shaded?" I want one too. Yours looks so comfortable.

  • Sally
    on Aug 18, 2019

    Wow. Now that is a backyard oasis !!!

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