Thursday, July 25, 2013

Deck Restore Painting

We have an old house. I think it is around 35 years old. So this deck may be really, really crotchety! That means old in pig latin. And we redid the flat part last year.  This year we wanted to redo all the posts and cover up those dumb hearts. (who puts hearts on balconies except the Swiss? Are we living in the Swiss Alps or what?)
The awful Deck.  This is the BEFORE DECK RESTORE picture. 
When we started the project last year we had to do a lot of PREP! Oh my GOSH the deck was flaky. Is yours that way too? Yuck!  I took the power washer and washed off the entire deck really good. It took me an hour or so. Then I let it dry.

Close up of how badly we needed some RESTORE DECK PAINT done  here....
 This Deck Restore Paint is the greatest product EVER!  It is from Home Depot. If you don't want to redo your whole deck in Trex, this is a good alternate solution. It really made our deck look better.
RESTORE DECK PAINT  comes in a gallon can and we bought an applicator roller that had a texture to it. You can add your broomstick to it so it isn't so backbreaking to apply.  But seriously aren't these hearts so dumb? I think so. Cute is out, definitely OUT! 

 We sanded it just a big wire brush, just to loosen anything that might chip off. We picked a dark brown but unfortunately they didn't have our exact shade. You have to choose from their color selection which isn't a huge variety, but there are about 20 colors. And we could have color matched. I think we should have, but we are getting ready to paint the house anyway, so no worries.

 Here is a short video showing HOW to spread the DECK RESTORE PAINT onto your old deck.  It looks really easy, AND IT WAS!  Especially for me because all I did was watch! Well, and I cleaned up too. :D

Here is the hubs doing the MANLY WORK!   We got a color matching THE RESTORE PAINT for the posts and the  railings around the deck. I still haven't done it.....I am such a procrastinator!  Maybe I can get him to do THAT TOO!  hmmm.....

I decided our old umbrella had seen better days. So I got a fresh, new, green umbrella and some cute outdoor cushions and a few decorations for the deck. It was so boring before!  But doesn't the deck planks look fantastic? Oh yeah! 

I love the new umbrella and the oil lamp on the table from Pier 1 on clearance. It was only 8 bucks! Woot! 

Fake flowers in pots around the deck mixed with real ones. I got that tip from JOY IN THE GARDEN'S radio show. She does it even with tulips and daffodils! Great idea! 

We added these copper, solar lights to the end posts of the deck, they were about  $15.00 each  at the end of the summer last year. Aren't they pretty? Check them out Here at Home Depot.
Here is the DECK RESTORE looking great even a year later! (we still have to get rid of those hearts though! I'm still working on painting the posts and handrails. It's a work in progress. It's so hot I can only stand painting in the evenings. 

Marisa at Cowabunga Bay. She is starting school on Friday....sigh....
Yesterday in Utah was Pioneer Day. We took a break to go swimming since my hubs and son had the day off. So my daughter brought her kids and my son brought his and we had a blast! 

Cowabunga Bay fun on 7-24-13

Swimming at Cpwabunga Bay  was fun in the 98 degree heat! Oh yeah. 

My son Jeff dragged me all over these scary slides. I think I wet my pants on one of them! 

Josie loved swimming in the lazy river at Cowabunga Bay with daddy. 

Megan was racing all over like a wild thing. She has no fear at all!

She loved all the slides at Cowabunga Bay too!
 Me and Tiff chilling out....
Josie girl chillin with us. 

We had fun afterwards eating pulled pork sandwiches and potato salad for lunch. But it was still too hot to eat out on the deck.....sigh.....

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