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Well, this isn’t really a project we had planned on doing right now. Especially since we’re still trying to finish the baby’s nursery, put the finishing touches on Charlie’s room and mentally prepare ourselves for another baby. But, sometimes (okay, lots of times, in my case) we get distracted and something else begs for our attention. Β Back in May, I posted this picture on Instagram saying I didn’t know what to do with our deck….
It was a hot mess. Then the arbor thingy you see above broke in a storm, which led us to begin our deck transformation. I’m not kidding when I say I really wanted to tear this deck down because I didn’t think it could be redeemed. I mean, we had done some cute projects to spruce it up, like these DIY shutters and window box, but even that couldn’t hide the fact that this deck was ugly.
We decided to go ahead and try power-washing it before burning it down (haha-kidding….sort of) to see if that would help at all. It was really beat up, graying, splintery and just plain ugly. Oh wait, I mentioned that already, didn’t I? Just take a look:
In the picture below, you can see that the top of the arbor had been removed, but the posts were still there. Plus, there was that one giant bush that was all up in the deck’s business too. The first thing we did was cut the posts down and cut back the bush. You wouldn’t believe how much that opened things up on the deck.
We borrowed a power-washer from Kevin’s grandpop (who owns a painting business) and went to town. Immediately we began to see a major difference!
Ewwww….that gray grime is just disgusting. But the wood underneath was in beautiful shape- I seriously was beyond shocked. Who knew that was under there?
Again I went to Instagram to post the progress. Why did we wait six stinkin’ years to do this?? And if you don’t follow us on Instagram, you totally should. I mean, two posts about a deck should have you banging down our IG doors, we’re just that exciting. Follow us at Jess_ec2blog and Eastcoastcreative for lots of fun, juicy stuff like deck cleaning.
Anyhow, look at our gorgeous deck now! It’s like she was just built yesterday!
Without that big bush and the trellis/arbor thingy (what WAS that thing?) the other side of the deck is wide open…just one big open slate!
(Pssst…did you notice how well my flowers fared in my window box? Ha. They didn’t stand a chance.)
Ahhh….I’m in love. With a deck. It’s just not right. But it’s the truth. The next step is decided what to do with the deck now that it’s so fresh and so clean, clean. I’m leaning towards staining the deck a nice gray to go with our gray shutters and painting the railings white. Sort of like this:
Birch + Bird Vintage Home Interiors - love the blue stained deck and white rail. this would like nice at my house.
Railing - A truly stunning deck patio by Martensen Jones Interiors with white Chinese Chippendale railing, a white Chinese garden stool, and white Kartell Louis ghost chairs
Pretty, right? Kevin’s grandpa swears by Sherwin Williams Deckscapes, so we’ll probably go that route just because we know it’s good stuff. I really like the idea of a semi-transparent stain so that some of the wood grain shows through.
What color would you choose? Have you ever used Deckscapes? Has a power-washer ever changed your life?
I’m hoping to finish this bad boy up this week…that is, unless I get distracted by something else. πŸ˜‰

The comments +

  1. Renae Reis says:

    You might have been kidding about following you on IG but I quickly grabbed my phone and started following you because of this post!! I like the Harbor Mist stain. A cross between the other two. I really like your deck and I guess I’m obsessing a bit about the railing style because next spring (which was supposed to be this spring) we are replacing our LITERALLY falling down/falling apart deck. It’s the saddest “structure” you have ever seen. And I’m happy to see your real wood deck has fared so well. We can’t afford the fancy decking…oh how I wish we could! It will be quite the transformation so I’ll be watching you!! πŸ™‚

  2. oh wow- that is a HUGEEEE difference.
    we power washed our house this summer and wow…. my house is all green, not green fading into grimey green ombre. SO WEIRD! haha πŸ™‚

  3. Erica Simon says:

    I really like the blue shadow stain!!!! πŸ˜‰

  4. Jacki (Mom) says:

    My only thought about the stain is that you didn’t like the gray that it was before, but you love the beautiful natural wood color. What if you went with a nice wood tone like Cedar Mill or Chestnut? Of the grays, I like the blue shadow.

  5. Oh my gosh I have total DIY ADD, so I am right on board with the “of course you updated your deck right now” mentality! Looks awesome … wish I could say the same for your flowers. πŸ˜‰

  6. Brooke W. says:

    YES! I just power washed our deck last weekend. We have the Trex type flooring but regular wood posts and frame. I also purchased the Deckscapes in Mountain Ash, I believe. I LOVE it. You just paint it on. It IS more like paint than stain. It’s a sort of hybrid. But as worn as your deck looked, I think it’s a perfect candidate for the Deckscapes. Our deck was the standard redish cedar color but now it’s tan and looks fantastic.

  7. Brooke W. says:

    Also take into account how hot the deck will be when the sun hits it on a hot summer day. Will you want to walk on a dark floor? I like the Blue Shadow best!

  8. We power wash and seal our deck every year. It is a task but it keeps the deck in great shape. I would love to stain it, but hubby stands firm on not staining. I like the darker tones.

  9. Ahh this is great we have been thinking about doing this to ours? What PSI was your pressure washer?

  10. Debbie says:

    I just ran across your fabulous blog. We need to stain our deck soon, but cannot decide on colors. Wondering if there is an update to your 8/29/13 post? I want to see how the story ended!!!

  11. Jeannie says:

    We used Harbor Mist on the deck and porch of our lake house – LOVE. The house is hardi-plank painted SW Dapper Tan and the Harbor Mist is fabulous next to it! email me for pics.

  12. Karl Graves says:

    It’s so true I do the house washing every once in a while and the house never ages. It’s the key to keeping it like new.

  13. It’s so nice to see some space restored to it’s prime, cleaned and renewed. Great job! This looks very very nice.

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