Mud Pit to Built-In Bench



Last year’s transformation of this mud pit to a built-in bench on our deck was incredible.  I have since updated with all new pictures so kick back, put your feet up, and enjoy!

Mud Pit to Built in Bench Deck Transformation by coconutheadsurvivalguide.com

 

BEFORE

 

When I said that the “before” was a mud pit, I was not exaggerating.  Not even slightly.

 

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It needs some love, don’t you agree?

 

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Thanks to our Property Manager, Chris, and his group of talented men, it looks a little different now.  Oh and BTW – one of my biggest pet peeves with looking at before and after pictures are when they are from different angles.  With me, you will get the same angle so you can see the difference, but also some other angles too.  Do you have the same pet peeve about before and after pictures?

 

AFTER

 

It’s a pretty amazing transformation, don’t you agree?  Especially now that we painted the house from beige to blue!

 

Mud Pit to Built in Bench Deck Transformation by coconutheadsurvivalguide.com

 

This became the “conversation area” of the veranda.  The original deck remained the “dining area.”  Instead of continuing with the wood deck, we went with the brick to create a visually distinct area.

 

Mud Pit to Built in Bench Deck Transformation by coconutheadsurvivalguide.com

 

The Sunbrella cushions and pillows came from everywhere.  I mixed and matched from Pottery Barn, Orvis, Gardners, Plow and Hearth, and Grandin Road.  Throughout both sides of the veranda, blue is the primary color of the decor, and lime green (or citron) is the secondary color.  We wanted the ottoman to be a place where drinks can be served, or we can kick our feet up at the end of a long day.

 

Mud Pit to Built in Bench Deck Transformation by coconutheadsurvivalguide.com

 

Do you see the blue bench in the corner of the picture below?  Remember how my Father re-built it – it was my GREAT-Grandfather’s bench.  Click HERE for the full story.

 

Mud Pit to Built in Bench Deck Transformation by coconutheadsurvivalguide.com

 

You can see the entire veranda transformation HERE.  I updated pictures on that post as well.

 

Mud Pit to Built in Bench Deck Transformation by coconutheadsurvivalguide.com

 

This area gets sun in the middle of the day, but shade in the late afternoon.  The umbrella can be moved around to provide shade if needed.

Are you ready for one last look of the before and after?

 

BEFORE AND AFTER

 

Here is the same angle of the before and after so you can see the transformation.

 

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Mud Pit to Built in Bench Deck Transformation by coconutheadsurvivalguide.com

 

And of course… one last pinnable image for you…

 

Mud Pit to Built in Bench Deck Transformation by coconutheadsurvivalguide.com

 

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Sooooo…. what do you think?

Love, hugs, and kicking my feet up.  Finally.

Holly

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91 comments on Mud Pit to Built-In Bench

  1. laura
    June 1, 2014 at 9:10 am (1 year ago)

    Looks Aaaamazing!!!! Great job! laura

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    • Holly
      June 1, 2014 at 7:24 pm (1 year ago)

      Thanks so much Laura! Hugs, Holly

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    • Holly
      June 1, 2014 at 7:24 pm (1 year ago)

      Hi Lisa – Thanks so much! It was a lot of work, but well worth it. Hugs, Holly

      Reply
  2. Marti
    June 1, 2014 at 8:21 pm (1 year ago)

    Holly, this looks fabulous! And I am sure the wisteria will provide tons of shade. Please make sure it is trimmed every year and kept away from the house and roof area. Wisteria is aggressive and invasive and will destroy your roof and house, if given the opportunity.

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    • Holly
      June 2, 2014 at 8:57 am (1 year ago)

      Hi Marti – Thank you so much for stopping by to comment. Right now it’s very far away from the house, and I will definitely keep my eye on it as we try and work it around the pergola. Hugs, Holly

      Reply
  3. Susan
    June 1, 2014 at 11:48 pm (1 year ago)

    I lo-oove it! So cozy and inviting. But I have to ask, do you put away the cushions or leave them out? I put mine away and it’s a bit of a pain when you have to drag them all out before you can enjoy the space.

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    • Holly
      June 2, 2014 at 9:01 am (1 year ago)

      Hi Susan – All of the pillows and cushions are either Sunbrella or a very tough outdoor fabric, so I will be keeping them outside all summer. I paid $5.00 extra (soooo worth just a little more money!) for the upgraded cushions that have a special material on the bottom to help with keeping them dry in the rain. I don’t expect them to last forever, but hopefully through a few seasons anyway. Come over and join me sometime! Hugs, Holly

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  4. Carmody
    June 2, 2014 at 7:46 am (1 year ago)

    Well Done!

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    • Holly
      June 2, 2014 at 9:05 am (1 year ago)

      Hi Carmody – Thanks so much for stopping by! Hugs, Holly

      Reply
  5. Christine McCombs
    June 2, 2014 at 8:37 am (1 year ago)

    Looks great, but did you another deck beside the old one and then lay bricks on top of it?

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    • Holly
      June 2, 2014 at 9:08 am (1 year ago)

      Hi Christine – They filled it with dirt, leveled it out, and then laid the bricks down like stones, and filled it with this sand compound that hardens like cement. It’s a pretty cool concept and easier than paying a mason for the job. Hugs, Holly

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    • Holly
      June 3, 2014 at 6:33 pm (1 year ago)

      Thanks so much Mindie! Hugs, Holly

      Reply
  6. Rachel Kathyg @ onlinesisterhood
    June 2, 2014 at 5:46 pm (1 year ago)

    You did a fabulous job on the mud pit:) I love your new outdoor space—perfect for relaxing, having guests over…My favorite part is how you utilized the corner and now it is a cozy couch. Nicely done! found at inspire me monday linky. Have a great week Holly!

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    • Holly
      June 3, 2014 at 6:45 pm (1 year ago)

      Hi Rachel – Thank you so much for your kind words and for stopping by. Hope to see you again soon! Hugs, Holly

      Reply
  7. Robin @ Redo It Yourself Inspirations
    June 2, 2014 at 7:33 pm (1 year ago)

    I love this transformation. You must be enjoying the new “level” of space :) It looks fabulous! Thank you so much for sharing with us at Snickerdoodle Sunday! Have a great week, Holly~

    Robin

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    • Holly
      June 3, 2014 at 6:48 pm (1 year ago)

      Hi Robin – I am still in awe when I see it. We really do love it. Thanks for stopping by! Hugs, Holly

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  8. Megan @ C'mon Get Crafty
    June 2, 2014 at 11:05 pm (1 year ago)

    I could happily prop my feet up there with some refreshments and enjoy the breeze! Great transformation!! (And yes, the angle thing is totally one of my pet peeves as well.) Popped over from the Feeding Big party! :)

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    • Holly
      June 3, 2014 at 6:50 pm (1 year ago)

      Hi Megan – So glad I found some before and after solidarity! Thank you for your sweet words and come on over any time and prop your feet up! Hugs, Holly

      Reply
  9. Katie @ Upcycled Treasures
    June 3, 2014 at 8:21 am (1 year ago)

    WOW, this looks absolutely amazing! What a beautiful transformation and a fun place to hang out during the summer. Thanks for sharing it at The Makers! Pinned :)

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    • Holly
      June 3, 2014 at 6:50 pm (1 year ago)

      Hi Katie – Thank you for pinning and thank you for your kind words. We really do enjoy the new space. Hugs, Holly

      Reply
  10. Alexis @ Persia Lou
    June 3, 2014 at 11:23 am (1 year ago)

    Wow! What a great before and after! Such a great spot to hang out! Thank you so much for sharing with us at The Makers. :)

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    • Holly
      June 3, 2014 at 6:51 pm (1 year ago)

      Hi Alexis – Thank you for stopping by. We love our new space. Hugs, Holly

      Reply
  11. Stacy Risnemay
    June 3, 2014 at 12:41 pm (1 year ago)

    Amazing! I want to come over and hang out there. What a nice space!

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    • Holly
      June 3, 2014 at 6:53 pm (1 year ago)

      Oh my goodness… THE Stacy Risenmay commenting to little ole me on my blog? I am so honored and thank you for your sweet words. Next time you are in the DC area, come on over and join me! Hugs, Holly

      Reply
  12. the cape on the corner
    June 3, 2014 at 1:16 pm (1 year ago)

    oh man, that looks amazing. my favorite is the built in bench and the ottoman/table. and i totally agree with the same angle pics-it’s how you truly realize a before and after!

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    • Holly
      June 3, 2014 at 6:56 pm (1 year ago)

      Hi Cape on the Corner – Yay solidarity! Thank you for your sweet words and thanks for stopping by. Come back again soon! Hugs. Holly

      Reply
  13. Marty@A Stroll Thru Life
    June 3, 2014 at 4:09 pm (1 year ago)

    Oh My Word, this is fabulous. I love this space, what an amazing transformation. Thanks tons for linking to Inspire Me.

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    • Holly
      June 3, 2014 at 6:57 pm (1 year ago)

      Hi Marty – You are so kind, thank you so much! Hugs, Holly

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  14. Cynthia L
    June 3, 2014 at 6:33 pm (1 year ago)

    you would never know that this was the same space! Love the furniture and the colors you chose! Just fantastic!

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    • Holly
      June 3, 2014 at 7:03 pm (1 year ago)

      Hi Cynthia – I’m still in shock, trust me! Hugs, Holly

      Reply
  15. Shari Eckstrom
    June 3, 2014 at 8:49 pm (1 year ago)

    Strong work, the area turned out beautifully! Thanks for linking up at the Wonderful Wednesday blog Hop. We are so glad you came by!

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    • Holly
      June 4, 2014 at 7:05 am (1 year ago)

      Hi Shari – Thank you so much for visiting! Hugs, Holly

      Reply
    • Holly
      June 6, 2014 at 9:34 am (1 year ago)

      Hi Kristi – Thank you so much! Hugs, Holly

      Reply
  16. Bobbi
    June 5, 2014 at 7:23 pm (1 year ago)

    Awesome job…bet you’re loving it!! I would be out there all day if I could.

    Thanks for sharing!

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    • Holly
      June 6, 2014 at 9:37 am (1 year ago)

      Hi Bobbi – I will not confirm or deny how many naps I’ve had out there already! :-) Hugs, Holly

      Reply
  17. Carrie Groneman
    June 6, 2014 at 12:48 am (1 year ago)

    WOW, WOW & WOW is hardly a description for that transformation. Thanks for sharing. Stopping by as co-host from Wonderful Wed Blog Hop. Carrie, A Mother’s Shadow

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    • Holly
      June 6, 2014 at 9:39 am (1 year ago)

      Hi Carrie – Thank you for your kind words! Hugs, Holly

      Reply
  18. heidi
    June 6, 2014 at 5:36 am (1 year ago)

    Wow, what a transformation. It looks great. Hope you have a fantastic day!

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    • Holly
      June 6, 2014 at 9:42 am (1 year ago)

      Hi Heidi – Thanks so much! Hugs, Holly

      Reply
  19. Zografia @ Bisozozo
    June 6, 2014 at 10:09 am (1 year ago)

    Great job!!!! I hope you enjoy a beautiful summer there!

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    • Holly
      June 10, 2014 at 12:08 pm (1 year ago)

      Hi Zografia – Thank you so much for visiting! Happy summer! Hugs, Holly

      Reply
  20. karen
    June 7, 2014 at 6:21 am (1 year ago)

    what an awesome transformation, what a great place to sit and relax. GREAT WORK. Happy Saturday SHarefest.

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    • Holly
      June 10, 2014 at 12:13 pm (1 year ago)

      Hi Karen – Thank you for stopping by and for your kind words. Happy Summer! Hugs, Holly

      Reply
  21. Jenna @ A Savory Feast
    June 7, 2014 at 8:45 am (1 year ago)

    Wow! This turned out great. I want to have a beautiful outdoor living area like this for relaxing in the summer or having friends over.

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    • Holly
      June 10, 2014 at 12:53 pm (1 year ago)

      Hi Jenna – Thank you for stopping by and your kind comments. Hugs, Holly

      Reply
  22. Kristina & Millie
    June 7, 2014 at 6:27 pm (1 year ago)

    totally loving it!! I am showing hubby, I have been asking for a patio area and this will be great inspiration!

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    • Holly
      June 10, 2014 at 12:56 pm (1 year ago)

      Hi K&M – It really was two years in the making (and still working through my comments to see if you made it to the entire transformation yet). Even though we had help, it was a lot of work but well worth it in the long run. I still can’t believe it. Hugs, Holly

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  23. Sherry
    June 7, 2014 at 8:41 pm (1 year ago)

    Great redo! Aren’t you glad you have photos! I wish I could come and enjoy it with you.
    Thanks for sharing.
    Have a beautiful weekend on your new patio!
    Sherry

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    • Holly
      June 10, 2014 at 12:57 pm (1 year ago)

      Hi Sherry – It was before I was blogging that I took the pictures, so I’m very glad I did. Thank you for stopping by! Hugs, Holly

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  24. Michelle
    June 7, 2014 at 10:21 pm (1 year ago)

    That is fantastic. What a transformation!

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    • Holly
      June 10, 2014 at 12:58 pm (1 year ago)

      Hi Michelle – Thank you so much for stopping by! I hope to see you again soon. Hugs, Holly

      Reply
  25. Karren Haller
    June 7, 2014 at 10:47 pm (1 year ago)

    Well my goodness what a great makeover, it looks so inviting and comfy, I hope you will enjoy lots of time in your new out living area!!! Thanks again for sharing!!

    Hugzz Karren

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    • Holly
      June 10, 2014 at 1:01 pm (1 year ago)

      Hi Karren – Come on over any time! Hugs, Holly

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  26. Stacey Keeling
    June 9, 2014 at 7:43 pm (1 year ago)

    I think that is one amazing transformation! What a great place to hang out and have a glass of something cool. :)

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    • Holly
      June 10, 2014 at 1:10 pm (1 year ago)

      Hi Stacey – We really do love our new space. Thank you so much for stopping by and hope to see you again soon. Hugs, Holly

      Reply
  27. Jeanette
    June 10, 2014 at 12:08 am (1 year ago)

    That is just gorgeous! What an amazing space!

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    • Holly
      June 10, 2014 at 1:12 pm (1 year ago)

      Thanks so much Jeanette! Hugs, Holly

      Reply
  28. Allie
    June 11, 2014 at 2:27 am (1 year ago)

    Love the transformation. You guys did a fantastic job! Love the colors and that stool too! Want!
    Thanks for sharing on Worthwhile Wednesdays!
    ~Allie http://thecraftiestallie.blogspot.com

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    • Holly
      June 12, 2014 at 9:07 am (1 year ago)

      Hi Allie – Thank you so much for your kind words, we are very pleased with how everything came together. Hugs, Holly

      Reply
  29. Dee
    June 11, 2014 at 6:30 am (1 year ago)

    omgsh! How beautiful!! So love your transformation! You did good!!

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    • Holly
      June 12, 2014 at 9:08 am (1 year ago)

      Hi Dee – Thank you so much! Hope to see you again soon. Hugs, Holly

      Reply
  30. Mila
    June 12, 2014 at 7:37 pm (1 year ago)

    Wow, this is awesome!

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    • Holly
      June 13, 2014 at 8:47 am (1 year ago)

      Hi Mila – Thanks so much for visiting! Hugs, Holly

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    • Holly
      June 17, 2014 at 1:59 pm (1 year ago)

      Thanks Mari! Hugs, Holly

      Reply
  31. Natasha in Oz
    June 19, 2014 at 4:00 am (1 year ago)

    I’ve just pinned this-what a transformation! Thanks for joining the Say G’Day Saturday linky party. Hope you can join us again this weekend.

    Best wishes,
    Natasha in Oz

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    • Holly
      July 24, 2014 at 4:38 pm (1 year ago)

      Hi Natasha – Thanks so much for pinning! G’Day! Hugs, Holly

      Reply
  32. Lisa Dunaway
    July 6, 2014 at 2:03 am (1 year ago)

    This transformation is absolutely gorgeous!! Is there instructions on how to make the corner seating area? Love this area so much!!! Thanks for sharing!

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    • Holly
      July 6, 2014 at 7:30 am (1 year ago)

      Hi Lisa – Thank you for your kind words! No instructions sorry, our PM Chris built it from scratch. Hugs, Holly

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  33. Lulu
    July 8, 2014 at 12:49 pm (1 year ago)

    Wow, what a transformation! You must love using the space and I hope you do every day.

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    • Holly
      July 9, 2014 at 8:10 am (1 year ago)

      Hi Lulu – Thank you so much for your kind words and for stopping by! We love our space! Hugs, Holly

      Reply
  34. Anna
    July 23, 2014 at 12:16 pm (1 year ago)

    We are in the beginning stages of building a deck of our own. I was just wondering how tall it is from the ground to top of patio? Ours will be very short and I like how you did not put a railing around it.
    Thank You
    Anna

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    • Holly
      July 24, 2014 at 4:41 pm (1 year ago)

      Hi Anna – I want to say it’s about a foot? The original deck never had steps or a railing and it was a bit of a jump, and we added the long risers as you can see in the after. When we had our party for Memorial Day, there were folks sitting on the steps for extra space and it was pretty awesome to see it all being used. Thanks for stopping by! Hugs, Holly

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  35. Connie
    July 24, 2014 at 8:07 am (1 year ago)

    It appears that you covered up a crawlspace vent. Do you still maintain adequate ventilation under the house?

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    • Holly
      July 24, 2014 at 2:12 pm (1 year ago)

      Hi Connie – Good observation. We also lost a gutter in the reno too. Both were re-directed so all is well. Thanks for stopping by! Hugs, Holly

      Reply
  36. Liz
    March 1, 2015 at 10:48 am (5 months ago)

    I like it too – a technical question – I noticed a vent on the foundation in the space that was filled in. What did you do about that?

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    • Holly
      March 2, 2015 at 8:15 am (5 months ago)

      Hi Liz – Good eye my friend! The vent is to the crawl space and we have additional vents that compensate so closing this one off wasn’t a big deal. Thanks so much for stopping by to say hello and I hope to see you again soon! Hugs, Holly

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    • Holly
      June 8, 2015 at 8:49 am (2 months ago)

      Hi Christy – Thanks so much we absolutely love our new space! Hugs, Holly

      Reply
  37. Susan @ Oh My! Creative
    June 9, 2015 at 2:57 pm (2 months ago)

    Fabulous makeover! Thanks so much for sharing it at Whimsy Wednesday last week. I will be featuring it at tonights link party! Hope you stop by and link up again!

    Susan

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    • Holly
      June 10, 2015 at 9:42 am (2 months ago)

      Hi Susan – Thank you so much for the feature! Hugs, Holly

      Reply
  38. Heather Hennessee
    June 15, 2015 at 12:53 pm (1 month ago)

    What a great space! Nice job:)

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    • Holly
      June 18, 2015 at 10:56 am (1 month ago)

      Hi Heather – Thank you for your kind words. Hugs, Holly

      Reply

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