Decks and patios don't have to be attached to your house. In fact, having an outdoor space away from your home can be even more appealing (especially if you get to choose between the two). This pallet-inspired deck is made from Cedar—a perfect match for the realistic-looking (synthetic) wicker furniture. (I'm not sorry I purchased faux.) 9-boxed frames, plus 72 5'-6' boards, plus lots of nails equals an ambitious, yet doable weekend project. And since the weather doesn't look all that promising this weekend, why not get started on a project that you'll enjoy over and over again once the sun shines. Then surround the deck with a variety of potted plants or herbs (mint thrives in pots and will give you tasty deep green leaves) and enjoy your own little retreat.
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