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Tuesday, June 7, 2011

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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12 comments:

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

    alison
    stuff and nonsense

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  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,
    Gail

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

    Jackie
    http://jaclyndesigns.blogspot.com/

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

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

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  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

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

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  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)

    Hugs,
    Marie

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  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?!

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  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?

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  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.

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

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