These first few are the deck before, you can see why we needed to sand it down, it was in bad shape. The previous owners put laytex paint over the old stain so the only way to fix it was to sand it down completely, and restain. The sanding took about a month, the staining? A day.
Here are some before pictures
This is just a view of the general deck
This shows how bad the paint was peeling
again, how bad the paint was peeling.
The view from the back yard
We were relieved to see that once we sanded down a little bit the wood was still good, we couldn't afford to replace the whole deck.
There were some parts that were particularly difficult, inbetween these railings was one, the other was the beams underneath which follow this picture.
yep, these were hard.
The back after it's all sanded and ready for stain
The deck all sanded and ready for stain.
The back all stained
The beams all stained
The deck all stained, isn't it beautiful!
And lastly, me all stained! I was so happy to be done! I am still recovering, I'm starting to feel like I can function again but this was sooo hard, I hope to never had to do this again! Now that it's been done right, I should just have to restain every three to four years and that only takes one day, not a month.