I was really hoping to be able to share a fully stained deck with you this week but it just doesn’t look like the weather is going to cooperate. This year we have gotten so many rain showers….nothing big…but frequent enough to prevent us from getting more stain on the deck. Which is ironic because for the last few years we joked that we lived in “the valley of the shadow of drought”. That’s a little Bible humor for you. If you have an scathing email to send me because the Bible is no joking matter….here is the president of our complaint department…[email protected]
I will catch you up on the deck though to continue The Deck Diaries….after we added all the needed wood and pressured washed, it was time to sand.
Pressure washing can force a lot of water under the board fibers and cause it to splinter. So we decided that this time around we would sand and just call it a day. In the future, after the deck has been stained, we hope to have no more need for pressure washing up here and we can just use a cleaner and spray that off with a hose. Fingers crossed.
Back to staining. After a lot of research, I found that you don’t want your deck to be too smooth….that causes other problems. If the deck is too smooth, then it won’t absorb the stain/sealer properly…and in the end you probably will give yourself more work. SOoo we decided to go with professional recommendations and not do it any more than 80 grit (which is used for sanding bare wood in preparation for finishing). Jeremy would do a quick sand with the belt sander at 60 grit to get off the giant splintering shards and to even out any wood that was really warped and then I followed behind him with the regular palm sander and do 80 grit. It was also a really great time to check each and every nail that was even slightly raised and hammer it down.
You can see what a difference it made on the deck itself….that big pale square is the sanded parts and everything else is just pressure washed and cleaned….
The hardest part was not the job itself…just that it was such a large surface area. Also…being so pregnant makes everything harder. I think I need to invent a Pregnant DIYer’s Seat. It would be low, extremely comfortable and on wheels. It would have a compartment for your drink, your Tums and your nail gun. Also, it would have a sciatica setting that would massage your lower back. Doesn’t that sound like a winner?
After probably a week of sanding, it was finally done. I wish I was joking about how long it took us. Jeremy kept asking if we could rent something to make the job go by faster but I was against the idea because I am such a cheapskate. Looking back…the idea definitely had merit.
We did get to start the staining but I gotta confess right now…it’s not done. We still have the steps, the step railings and the baby gate to do. And we really need to do one more coat on the floor once it drys out a little here in Atlanta. But for the sake of blogging….I’m gonna just keep on talking about it like it’s done and so….just pretend with me okay? And pray for a week of dry weather and a grandparent who is willing to watch our kids for seven days. #thanksandamen
So that’s our sanded deck…ready for stain….and then we will move on to building a couple items (like those tall planters) and then when I get the green light from Home Depot, I can’t wait to show you the decorated space. Just as a heads up, I will be sharing on their blog (it’s called The Apron) and here as well, the following day….so you must stay tuned for that!
Also….this evening I have a bonus post for you guys….we got cute new kitchen chairs and they look adorable. Can’t wait to tell ya how they are changing our life!