Chuck and I bought our first house together in April 2014 and it has been one project after another...and yea we love it:) The deck looked OK at first, then the cheap red stain the seller had put on started coming off, a year later this is what it looked like - it was so ugly we had to do something. So Memorial Day weekend we power washed it for what seemed like hours and hours and did a full deck makeover.
Deck Makeover - Big Change for 250.00
No matter the angle of my camera it was still ugly...
We really didn't know anything about stains or decks so we researched on line for a few more hours. Finally decided on Flood Cedar Tone Stain, zipped off to Lowes and picked up a 5 gallon container. Was really nervous but nothing to lose. After 3 coats and little over 1/2 the container our deck looked like this - Beautiful! We couldn't believe how great it turned out!
It looks new and it is a really old deck. The rails on the other hand looked bad. We couldn't get all the red stain off them so we decided to paint them white. So off to Lowes again for some Olympic Icon Paint and Primer. I thought 5 gallons, but Chuck thought 3 would be enough (he's usually right especially about math stuff) in Brilliant White.
This was by far the hardest part, painting all those rails. We are not young folks- I'm almost 50 and he is a little over. I feel my age today. We painted 3 coats yesterday (6 hours), but it turned out wonderful. Also only took 2 1/2 gallons of paint.
This morning we put all the furniture back on and I had spray painted some old flower pots (on a budget with all these projects) and then added flowers. It looks great. The wood is old and it does show on some of the rails however it is so much better than it was. When we win the lottery we will have a new deck with the new fake wood and rails put on..lol
But for now and for a few more years (we hope) it is perfect just the way it is. I plan to add some color with some pillows and maybe a few more flowers.
Probably need to add a pink flower pot for our 3 year old granddaughter :) It has rained on the deck itself and it was fine so we think the rails will be good too, however we plan to keep it up and not wait to fix something on it. We don't want to do the whole thing over anytime soon:)
Now it's on to other projects, like the front porch. It has the same pretty (not) red stain...