We are loving our new deck. We eat out there several times a week for breakfast or dinner, and play outside during the day. We’ve already hosted parties and the view from our dining room and kitchen is so so much better. Last night Jon said “I seriously underestimated how much re-doing our deck would make our home so much nicer.” It feels and looks polished and complete.
Today I’m backing things up and sharing the very first project we did for our back deck makeover and I’m showing you how to stain an existing deck.
Wood decks are beautiful, but ours was anything but. The red stain was badly worn and looked tired. I wanted something rich to add some contrast, but staining is tough. To make most stains look good, you have to have raw, unfinished wood. That would have taken eons of sanding, so we instead opted for a solid stain.
Solid stains work much like paint– they cover whatever is underneath. Here is exactly how we did it, in video form naturally. (video/editing by James Young)
Up tomorrow: my latest favorite Craiglist find and how I fixed it up.