I can't believe that a week has already passed since my last blog. I didn't even get a chance to post about "True Worship" this week. It's been crazy busy. I began a project several weeks ago that should have taken only a couple days. Our deck was in desperate need of re-staining and we decided to change the color.
Here are some before and after pictures. You can see where our hot tub was. We had it for close to 10 years and it died, we decided not to replace it since the last few years it's been rarely used. Plus as our family has gotten larger it opens up more room on the deck!
It turned out beautiful but when you go from dark to white it takes more coats than normal, plus the rain was against us, a couple of days project turned into 3 weeks.
Fortunately this last week we had enough good days of sunshine to finish! We still need to purchase lattice for under the deck but have decided to go with ones that are already painted! So here is the finished project.
I have had several people ask what the color is and what we used. The stain was a "Deep Base Weatherproofing Solid Wood Stain" from Home-depot. The white is Pinto White and the gray is Light Lead. They recommend two coats but we found that we needed 3 to 4 coats. To prepare we did use 2 gallons of wood cleaner and then used a pressure washer to get all the old, loose stain off.
One reason we choose to go with white/gray is that our deck gets full sun and the darker wood got really hot. So hot you couldn't walk on it barefoot and it also made sitting out there uncomfortable. We are hoping that the lighter colors bring it down a few degrees. Already we have noticed that it's easier to walk on without scorching the bottom of your feet!
So that is what I've been up to! Next project is to recover my patio chair cushions. I was going to just replace them but it would be well over $200 (I found fabric to make them for around $100) so I am going to make them! I found this great tutorial over here by Christy! I'll post that project later!
On Monday's I usually post over at Beloved Truth so watch for it later today!
Oh and a quick note. When we decided to do this I told my hubby I'd do the majority of the painting since I am home. I hate ladders so I asked him to do the high places. Well about half way through the project he suggested that we purchase a paint sprayer but I said it was fine I could do it by hand. Besides I've been doing it that way for years. Well near the end I said to him, "next time we are getting a sprayer! I am older now and I hurt in places I didn't know could hurt!" He didn't say anything except, "Okay". Not even "I told you so!" He is a wise man...and smart! I do love him so...and on Saturday we worked side by side all day to get "my" project done.