Thursday, October 15, 2009

Finally the promised pictures of the deck

Well, I have a minute today so you lucky people get TWO posts from me! Here are some pictures of the deck, before and after.

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

begin 3


This is just a view of the general deck

begin 1


This shows how bad the paint was peeling

begin 2


again, how bad the paint was peeling.

back view beginning


The view from the back yard

wood still good under paint


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.

inbetween railings


There were some parts that were particularly difficult, inbetween these railings was one, the other was the beams underneath which follow this picture.

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yep, these were hard.

back after sanding 1


The back after it's all sanded and ready for stain

sanding done 1


The deck all sanded and ready for stain.

back view stain all done


The back all stained

beams stained


The beams all stained

stain all done


The deck all stained, isn't it beautiful!

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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.

6 comments:

Karen said...

It looks fantastic! What a huge project, you are amazing.

Superwoman said...

desperate might be a better word for it! It was do or die.

bon said...

WOW.

That was HUGE! Congrats on a huge project!

By the way... Fius has exactly those jammies!

Hoosier Girl said...

It's beautiful! You did a great job!

J.

Katie said...

Wow! Looks great! All that work makes me tired just thinking about it! Now I know for sure that I want to replace ours with Trex ASASP!!

Superwoman said...

Bon- thanks!

J- thanks

Katie- if we could have afforded that we would have for sure. But, it just wasn't in the cards. After what I went through, Trex is worth every penny. Hopefully this will help the deck last another ten years or so and then we'll replace and perhaps even expand the deck with Trex, we love our deck and use it a lot.