Tackling the Deck

The weather was perfect this weekend.  So I figured it would be a great time to tackle my neglected deck.  It really needed a little face lift since it hadn't been stained for two years.  But first let me take you back 10 years.

What do you think about that grass - or should I say weeds?  We moved into our house in Dec, so the yard was going to be a surprise come spring since it was covered with snow.  Lovely huh.   The house sat empty for a while since it was a foreclosure and the previous owners basically abandoned it.  The yard definitely needed a lot of work.  Now let's zoom in on that deck. 

What were they thinking - a painted blue deck???  The house was already blue and the deck too.  This was going to be a big job that's for sure.  I didn't scan in more pictures - but you get the idea.  Lots of hard work, sweat, sanding, sanding and more sanding with the help of my dad we got the blue off and stained it a cedar color.  We have enjoyed our deck ever since.  After a couple years though it was starting to look a little rough.

Now fast forward 10 years to the present again to last weekend.  The first thing we did was clear the deck. 

Here it is - just waiting for a little attention.

There were several places that the wood was showing through.

So after a little trip to Home Depot to get some stain, I gave it a good sweep, no sanding this time, and then I started rolling on a coat.  I like the cedar color - not too red and not too dark either.

Can you see a difference already?

Just beautiful!!  Some places where the wood was bare, I had to give it a second coat.

Looks great now and ready for some summer fun - outdoors.

This weekend I also picked up a couple urns.  I added some red, white and blue flowers.  Just love them!

Okay so just a little recap - BEFORE:

And the AFTER:

Don't you think the grass looks much better now too? 

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  1. much improved! looks like the perfect place to entertain now...thanks for sharing.

    stuff and nonsense

  2. Kathy, what an awesome transformation! You and your cute little helpers did a great job. I just love befores and afters.

    Have a wonderful day,

  3. huge improvement! nice job :) found you over at blue cricket, stop by for a visit sometime


  4. Whoa...great before and after. What a difference. Looks amazing. Thanks for sharing at my Swing into Spring party.

  5. What a difference! Your deck looks great and I love the potted flowers. Thank you for sharing!

  6. Your deck looks great! We are in the process of staining our deck a natural cedar color too. I agree that it is a great color!

    Wendy @ www.desingedtodwell.blogspot.com

  7. Messed up my link...www.designedtodwell.blogspot.com! OOPS!

  8. Looks so much better with a fresh coat of stain - that's on my list of to-do's this summer too! :O)

    The lawn looks great. Visiting from Fridays Unfolded :O)


  9. What a huge difference! It looks great now! Love that grass too! What in the world did you all do to make it so gorgeous?!

  10. Wow love the deck! Just perfect! How did you get your grass so beautiful!!?!?! We are dealing with a yard of green but they are those clover things and not grass! What did you do?

  11. Amazing wooden deck with perfect furniture! Patios decks are the most common ways to every time enjoy activities outside our home comfortably and pavers are like outdoor tiles that create a ground terrace or rocks. your blog is creative, Keep up the great work.

  12. Great makeover....and the yard looks great! Thanks for sharing.


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