To be honest, it didn't look all that different before I sanded it. This, for example, is the inside of the bar...I pretty much left the shelves and stuff alone. No point in sanding them, really.
I also wanted to put our couch out there that I plan on eventually re-upholstering with an outdoor fabric from Sunbrella. I just need to build up the cash to pay for it, so hopefully by next year, it will be out on the deck all the time. In the meantime, it's living in our garage when we aren't having people over. I can't wait to put a fun, colorful fabric on there! Our decor is so...brown.
We usually have a little wrought-iron love seat in that same spot, but we moved it out to the yard for additional seating away from the patio, and I bought a couple of fun red cushions for it for a splash of that color we so desperately need in our yard/patio area.
It's the perfect spot for it! A great place for people to rest or read or watch some bocce being played.
Next project will be the bedroom bedside tables. I can't wait!