Monday, September 6, 2010

My deck project and progress.

I thought it fitting to give an update on my deck project since it’s labor day weekend. While many people tend to go to the beach etc for this long weekend, a great percentage of people(like myself) also take the long weekend to tackle a home project. Although,  i started this project long before labor day weekend, it has been a slow process because i am doing this all by myself and also working around a very active 16 month old:-). I am proud to say that the deck is almost done with just some finishing touches left to add.

Ok, let’s revisit what i did:


Here and there 008This is a picture of my deck showing i weathered and in need of some TLC.  I decided to refinish it because i also wanted baby Zion to be able to safely walk barefooted out there.

Here and there 007  The first step involved thoroughly cleaning the deck of debris and buildup. To accomplish this, i rented this pressure washer from Home Depot and tackled that task. I even pressure washed my drive way since i had rented it for the day:-)
Misc 012 The next step involved sanding the deck. I rented an orbital sander from Home Depot and boy, this baby was heavy.  However, i love challenges and although i was worried about how i was going to remove it from my truck by myself,  i was able to figure it out! I was so proud of myself. If you look closely, you can see a difference in the area that i had started to sand too.
The third step(staining the deck)  took place weeks later because of the weather. It was raining constantly and i needed a sunny forecast for at least two consecutive days before i could stain.
I was going back and forth about whether i should go with a transparent or opaque deck finish. Ultimatelyi i chose an opaque finish because that option covers imperfections best and the deck was full of those. I usually use Benjamin Moore paint, but since i was at Home Depot so often, i bought the deck paint there. I purchased the Behr weatherproofing wood stain(solid colour) in their premium line.

Here are some pictures of what the deck looks like now:


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random 002    The chairs and table are from Pier1. Originally, i wanted these tables and chairs from CB2, but then i went to Pier 1 and saw the ones above and decided to get those instead. As a result, i wouldn’t have to pay the hefty shipping and handling cost that CB2 was charging. I also got the Pier 1 purchases at a discounted price.

random 007random 011    The rectangular umbrella is from Pottery Barn.

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I finally bought Eat, Pray Love this weekend at Barnes and Noble and it goes everywhere with me(indoors and outdoors). I hope everyone is having a great day. “See” you all here tomorrow! XX

47 comments :

  1. Well done...Looks amazing and I love the colour too:)...I am so impressed!!!
    Have fun reading Eat,Pray,Love...I cant wait to hear if you liked it:)
    Kisses,sweetie

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  2. I just finished outside work for the day as well and my truck is loaded for the recycling center in the morning. Love that you were able to accomplish so much by yourself and it turned out so well. Kudos for the sale furniture from pottery barn it works beautifully, love orange. Enjoy your book on your refinished deck! Fabulous!

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  3. What a fantastic transformation, Stacey! You can guess what I'm gonna love the most - the orange pillows!

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  4. it looks great! I can't believe you did all of that without any help. How inspiring. :]

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  5. Hi girl:)
    i am really impressed...
    It looks wonderful, and i really like the color combination...

    You can be very proud of yourself...

    Have a great day - SP

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  6. That's insane. I love it. Those chairs are amazing too. Oh, I dream of a deck on the back our our house... You've inspired me (yet again)... The beach you can go to this weekend, look what you've accomplished. Pruxxx

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  7. Holy crap you are AMAZING!! It turned out so beautiful, I bow down to you! haha
    xo
    amanda

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  8. Dear, dear Stacy,

    I am so happy to make your acquaintance! Oh, you understand so well the challenges and joys a teacher faces! I didn't post it because I wanted to keep the post as fluid as possible, but what is giving me the jitters is that for the last 7 years, I have taught all subjects in French. Due to budget cuts, two of our fine English teachers in the fourth grade (my grade level) were dismissed. SO...us French homeroom teachers need to take up the slack. I will be team teaching with my dear colleague from Senegal. I will be teaching ENGLISH language arts to her kids and mine (FIFTY KIDS!) and then science and social studies in FRENCH in the afternoon. I can do the French subjects with my eyes closed, but the wonderfully copious English curriculum is making my head spin. But, we are flexible, aren't we? If I can just get through tomorrow and connect with my kids, start the process of introducing the classroom procedures and getting into our Responsive Classroom routines, I think day by day, the only thing anyone of us can expect is to learn step by step. Whew.....thank you for listening, and thank you for coming. AND I must say, your décor is stunning, your taste impeccable, and your addiction is also mine! I LOVE to decorate my sweet home, and just today, my last day off, I took it easy and sat and flipped through a new book called, FRENCH HOME. Oh those muted grays, natural tones just calm my head and heart. You are so fortunate to be at home with your darling little baby, and enjoy it all. Please come by anytime....I love to blog on French stuff, Audrey Hepburn, home decorating and such. HAVE A LOVELY WEEK!! Anita

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  9. Wow - great work! I can't even imagine how satisfied you must feel after completing all of that.

    xo Marissa
    (The Well-Appointed Catwalk)

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  10. Stacey, I am impressed! You can come and give my deck a much needed makeover - anytime (:

    No, but seriously. What a transformation! And not only for little Zion but for family and friends to come and hang out.

    The Pier 1 chairs look great. Might need to pop over to my own store to see if there are any left. I know they come in red too.

    Happy new week to you,(HGTV will be calling soon!)

    ox,, Mon

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  11. What a big job you took on but how great does it look? And the chairs and table are so cute.

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  12. You have done a great job! I am a total DIYer and I love power tools, so I am not afraid! It all looks fantastic, thanks for posting. We are about to tackle our deck as well. You are one step ahead, now go and relax :)

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  13. Stacey, that looks AWESOME! Job well done, girl.

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  14. that looks SOO GOOD. way to go, nicee.

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  15. Wow Stacey! What an accomplishment!!!
    Indeed you should be very proud of yourself, I´m so very impressed of you!!!
    The result looks amazing!!! Well, well done!!!
    Hugs!

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  16. Wow....it looks stunning! How good you must have felt when everything was ready! I just finished eat, pray, love..a great book! (but I must admit I read very fast through some heavy meditation stuff:)
    Well, have a beautiful day!! xo's Kristin

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  17. wow, well done! Love how it turned out and the colors are amazing :)

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  18. What an amazing DIY! This looks fantastic..
    I'm mad for the retro inspired table and chairs.
    I'd love to have it all!
    x

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  19. Bravo. I think your chairs have more character than the CB2 ones, they're adorable. Love that pop of orange!

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  20. Wow, Stacey, you did an amazing job! So GOR-jus. I love the DIY process and this is further proof why :) Lovely way to be introduced back into the world of blogging after a loong wkd! (Oh, loving the orange too!)

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  21. I LOVE love love your new furniture! Everything looks so great!! Congrats!

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  22. Wow - what a great job. I love everything about it and yet I know I wouldn't have been able to do any of it.

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  23. How beautiful! you did an amazing job! love your furniture. I hope you enjoy reading your new book. I haven't read it yet.

    xo

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  24. Wow! It looks beautiful! I love your furniture choices, so different and funky! Amazing job!

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  25. Stacey!!!!!! OHMYGODDDD!!!!!!!!! I LOVE your deck! You did so wonderfully!

    This makeover is SO magazine-worthy girl!

    I need an umbrella like that one for my patio makeover ;)

    xoxooxo

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  26. whoa girl, i'm so impressed!! i bet you have the hugest sense of satisfaction whenever you look at it, how exciting!

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  27. Totally looks fantastic, I want to go hang out there!

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  28. so cute! it's looks so relaxing and fun!! way to go!

    ps. you'll have to tell me about that book when you finish it!

    allisterbee.blogspot.com

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  29. AMAZING! I adore the table/chairs set. So cute!

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  30. Dear Stacey, WOW WOW WOW! Go you for refinishing that wood with heavy machinery! You are amazing! :) And your deck with Italian espresso maker look so inviting! I would love to sit and read with you there!!!
    how are you liking Eat, Pray, Love. It's wonderful, isn't it? I read it well before the movie... It is the perfect airport book buy I've ever made! But now after seeing it everywhere, I want to reread it! :)

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  31. O-migosh, your deck looks amazing!!! and how awesome that you can say you did it ALL yourself! super impressive work, missy! :D

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  32. Aww... Stacey... you're amazing!!
    What a wonderful deck you have... its really inspiring me!!
    Thanks so much for posting it..

    hugs,
    nensa

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  33. Wow Stacey, what a fabulous job you did! It looks AMAZING!! You must be proud!

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  34. Woahhh! That is a superly duperly fantabulous transformation! Looks so fresh and summery!
    I'm really liking this blog of yours lots of inspirational stuff!!! :o)

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  35. the deck looks beutiful, i love the chairs, i would love them for the patio we will have in a few months! are they discontinued? or did you get them onsale as a display?

    have you finished eat,pray, love yet? i feel like i'm the only person alive who didn't LOVE it

    <3 gina

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  36. love the table and how the pillows pop!

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  37. WOW!!!
    1) Love it.
    2) V impressed at your use of heavy machinery.
    3) Still sitting here being impressed.

    Nice one!

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  38. great job! and of course love the orange and reds!

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  39. It came out looking fabulous! I love it, so clean and chic! And Stacey, you are just like me, I will figure out a way, darn it! Heavy lifting? No problem, I think we designers are a tenacious lot! XX!

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  40. Oh, my goodness! You did all that yourself? You're a bigger woman than me. It looks great and I love the incorporation of the color orange. It truly looks like a place to relax and sip a couple of cocktails. Bravo.

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  41. Your deck is beautiful! I just LOVE the table and chairs and pillow! So, so cute!

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  42. Great job with the deck! What a transformation! :) Enjoy Eat, Pray, Love! I really liked it!

    Thanks for visiting my blog earlier. :D

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  43. WOW!!! thats absolutely stunning. Im so proud of u..miss do-it-urself. Oh well u had a good teacher anyway, (me), a chip doesnt fly far from the block. Love it!! Peace.

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  44. Stacy by the way Mr Anonymous is me....Onniffe.

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  45. Stacey, you can invite yourself over for cookies if you bring that thing with you lol my deck needs to be refinished ;)
    love the deck! it looks incredible! and ORANGE pillows! the pillows are so cute!!!

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