Deck Makeover Finale

Earlier this summer, I showed how we took our deck from the front and recycled the wood to build a little back yard retreat. Now, I’m excited to show you the finale of the deck project. We had a hodgepodge of older furniture that was beginning to show signs of rust. Plus, it didn’t really match with the brand new bistro set I purchased this summer, so I’ve been taking my trashy furniture and turning it to treasure.

One of the old chairs.
Dated colors and a rust issue.
 And a table to match…

Plus another table that doesn’t match…

So, I took the table apart.

And used a wire brush on the rust.And then I spread everything out in the yard and primed it all with a new Rust-Oleum product called Ultra Cover 2X Coverage. I used a rust-colored primer on everything.
Priming in progress…
While the paint was drying, I decided it was the perfect day to finally get the deck stained. When we re-used the lumber, we turned each board over. There were a few drips from the old stain that showed on the edges and I sanded those off with my palm sander. A few weeks back, I also gave the wood a good cleaning with a commercial deck wash.

Ready for staining.

I gave the wood two coats of semi-transparent oil-based Thompson’s WaterSeal Deck and House Stain in the premixed shade of “Sierra Brown”. It took less than a gallon to coat it all twice. It soaked up the first coat quickly since the wood is well aged, so I decided it needed the 2nd coat. Now the water beads up nicely when it rains!

While that was drying, I went back to the furniture to give it all a coat of Rust-Oleum Ultra Cover 2X satin spray paint in a brown shade called Espresso. It matched the color of my new brown wicker set. The paint really did coat well and I highly recommend it for your next paint project.

A finished chair on the newly refinished deck. I love the rich color of the wood. I replaced the chair cushion with a new tan one. I forgot to take a before picture of the old cushion. Just imagine 90’s hunter green and burgundy stripe.

The table after its makeover.

The brand new chair that I’m trying to make everything else fit with.

And now for the reveal….drum-roll please…

The plastic chairs are beige and I left them as they were since they matched the existing umbrella and the plain beige chair pad on the newly painted brown chair.

This has become my back yard retreat. I work with my laptop, read, and just relax. It’s my favorite new office! Here’s a panoramic view from my favorite chair:

 My husband is still working on resurfacing the steps next to the deck. For that matter, we haven’t yet added a second set of steps to the deck, but who cares? I can enjoy it right now. It’s quickly becoming the favorite place for parents to wait while I’m giving piano lessons too.

With the 2X Ultra Cover paint, I was able to coat two chairs, the side table, the big table, and a footrest with just three cans and around $11.

I’ve linked up this project to:
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Recycled Deck

I’ve recently extended my trash to treasure projects beyond just decorating. In some ways it’s decorating because it has everything to do with the curb appeal of my home. And it has everything to do with how I feel about my house.
When we purchased our house, it had this 12 by 16 foot deck on the front. It had nothing special about it. The railings were plain and it functioned mostly as a means of getting us into the front door.

As you can see, our home is a little unusual. It was once a church with an attached parsonage. But I think the deck on the front really kept the ranch part looking like it belonged in a past decade.

We seldom sat on the deck because it offered no privacy from the cars going by or the gas station just kitty-corner to us. So all winter I shoveled snow off it and put chairs out for looks in the summer. But since it’s on the south side, the sun baked us and the yellow jackets wouldn’t leave us alone on the few occasions we tried sitting out there.

This spring, when I was longing for something in the back yard where we had just a plain cement steps, I came up with the brainy idea of recycling our deck by taking it down and using the lumber to build a deck on the back side.

Kinda plain. And no place to sit and enjoy the shade.

So, I talked my handy hubby into tearing off the front deck to recycle it for the back. 

Lovely, huh? This is what happens when a wife gets a bright idea. The next challenge was to figure out how to build a smaller replacement “deck” and connect it to the sidewalk while also managing the slope. 

I designed the brick part and my hubby helped get it all installed. The above photo was when it was 90% finished. All it needed was the hand rails.
All done! We bought new treated lumber for this project. (BTW, I took the picture at dusk and the weird glow by the door is the security light). Now, for the recycled deck in the back.
First, my hubby started framing it in.
We decided to leave the existing steps in place and build the new deck alongside with a small step up. Eventually, the old cement steps will get a stone facade treatment mortared on.
Before the last board was on, I started putting furniture on the deck. I couldn’t wait! When the last board was on, my hubby sat down to admire his work. Or take a nap.
 He flipped all the boards to the side that wasn’t stained. I’ll eventually stain the deck with some sort of water sealer. And we’ll be rerouting that down spout so it goes under the deck as soon as we get supplies.

 I’m so thrilled with both the front and the back now! And by recycling the one deck, the whole project cost less than half of what it would have. Now, I’m hoping to find some “new” patio furniture at a thrift sale. And you can see some of the stones on the right bottom corner that will eventually be fitted and mortared onto the cement steps. But, I’ll let my hubby rest a little before starting that project!

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