It’s Deck Week! Are you pumped up like a Reebok shoe right now? Because I am….complete with sweat and that foot smell.
I LOVE having this deck….like a lot….like a whole WHOLE lot….but it’s just simply not fit for our family and we needed to give it a total overhaul. I talked about our master plan last week and I thought it would be helpful if I put out a little To-Do list so that you could follow along on the posts and see exactly what we needed to get done.
DECK TO-DO LIST:
- Remove all furniture
- Pressure wash
- Check the balusters and secure loose/remove broken
- Remove the railing top and replace with pressure treated wood
- Add ‘security wood’ on outside railing
- Build baby gate
- Add risers to the stairs
- Build planters
- Build console table
- Make moss art
- Add in furniture/patio set
- ENJOY! (most important item!)
The biggest challenge with this project will definitely be weather. We need at least two days of dry weather to stain (I estimate it will probably take four days to do the entire deck and railings with two coats). And the deck will have to be dry when we do that which means an additional day of dry weather. Then it needs to have 24 hours to dry before it can be rained on. That means at least four straight days of dry weather….which wouldn’t be a problem if it wasn’t the RAINIEST MONTH OF THE YEAR here in Georgia. So yeah….that might be an issue.
Today we tackle some of the easier things….clearing it all off and then pressure washing.
So you remember how it looked, right? gross with a side of eww. kinda like what I imagine the inside of a Denny’s dumpster might look like…minus the food particles and the putrid smell.
We had moved the rug and underneath it definitely held the moisture making the dark brown dirt patch stand out against the weathered gray and moldy exposed areas.
Here’s a big panoramic shot for you….because my phone is awesome like that….and because I just figured out how to do it correctly and that deserves a photo.
Also…I thought this was interesting….there were four boards that were stained by the previous owners. I don’t know how long ago these were stained (at least five years ago) but you can still tell that they held up better with the stain than without it. Argument of stain vs. no stain – point STAIN.
So before we cranked up the pressure washer, I had Jeremy go out on the ladder and secure all the balusters. I wasn’t about to taunt my kids with spraying water showers and loud machines and not have them be able to come up the stairs. That’s pretty much like catnip to kids.
Then we took turns pressure washing/watching the kiddos. I did the upper part of the deck and Jeremy did the underneath. I definitely had the easier job. Poor wimpy Jer was hurting for days. Just kidding honey 🙂
And because you know how much I love time-lapse, I had to put a little video together for you. Also…you should change the words from ‘shake’ to ‘spray’….it’s my favorite pressure washing song 🙂
Seeing the end result is almost as fun as the actual task of pressure washing. I always swear that it’s one of my favorite DIYs because it’s instantly gratifying.
Jeremy did a great job on the underneath too. It had so much green under there it was starting to look like a salad. A very disgusting slimy mold salad.
And the outer rails looked fabulous too. As you can see here, we took off the top rail….more on that tomorrow!
I know that some folks will be wondering why we didn’t use a cleaning solution and we chose the pressure washer over it. Well, both have their pros and cons. For us, our deck was already splintering and pressure washing wasn’t going to ruin our previous stain job or cause damage that we couldn’t address with sanding. If your deck is already finished and not like walking on a thorn patch, you probably just want to stick to a cleaning solution that you apply and scrub with a bristle brush….if you pressure wash that, you could cause water to push up more wood fibers and make it splinter. I don’t think I could use the solution on the underside anyway because the cleaner has to sit on the surface for a certain amount of time…and scrubbing would be fantastically impossible. So that’s our logic.
And tomorrow we have a post all about buying tons of wood, cutting it and making our deck ready for sanding! Is it weird that I get excited about a safe deck? I am turning into a lame mom, aren’t I? Next thing you know, I will be instagramming pictures of carseat safety recommendations. Wait. Have I already done that?!