This project actually wraps up May's featured space of the great Outdoors, however, as I keep hanging around in our yard, which I will do until snowfall, I will be sure to share any simple or cheap projects that I come up with and try... I still have a couple up my sleeve!
As I mentioned, I did a little deck upgrading this weekend. It was actually a super easy project that I am sure most of you have completed at some time or another... the results though, were just too good not to share.
Our deck is a cozy one, at only 144 square feet, it typically only functions as a holding zone to our little patio table or kid's swimming pool, but never both at the same time.
The thing I heart most about the deck, was the investment in the PVC railing... so maintenance free and always looks amazing! The wood planks however, have seen MUCH better days... sigh....
It seems as though we stain our deck every two years or so. Between kids, dogs and harsh climates, it doesn't take much to destroy a pretty stain job. So this time I invested in some higher quality Behr Premium Solid Color Deck, Fence & Siding Weatherproofing Wood Stain. It has a 10 year warranty, so if we even get 5 years out of this stuff, we are happy kids!
This project was a pretty speedy one, start to finish was about 3 and a half hours, with two people plugging away at it. It started with a good sanding with a palm sander.
This was to ensure that we had a nice and even start, removing any flaking previous stain, and providing a good grip for the new stain.
Then I just used a simple brush to stain down in-between each wooden plank, and my hunky man stained around the outer base. Then, I grabbed a broom handle that I screwed into a handy paint pad, to use for the top of the remainder of the deck.
The paint pad provided excellent and quick stain coverage, it really cut the overall staining time in half!
And before I knew it, sleigh bells were ringing and I was singing!
We actually let the deck sit for two days before putting anything back on it, ensuring that it was completely dry first.
Once it was all put back together, the difference was amazing. It looked so much more new and clean, yet still had some cracks in the wood for a slightly aged and lived in look, which fits my style to a T. Simply breathtaking!
It makes the perfect setting for a little afternoon snack!
Oh, and I just need to take a moment to call out an item I truly heart! It's just the most adorable drink carafe I have ever seen, I could just stare at it all day and not get anything else accomplished...
Now that I spilled my weekend project, I would love to hear about what you all were up to this past long weekend? Anyone get anything small or major accomplished? Anyone want to share their projects with me to share back with all of you? Anyone just decide to play all weekend instead? Do share!