Summertime is the proper time to offer your deck some love! I lately determined to refresh my grandparents’ weathered deck of their yard with Olympic Exterior Stain to offer them a cute and sensible outside house to hang around on whereas caught at house. This undertaking took me just a few days to finish (fortunately, the climate held out) and made a huge effect of their yard.
Here’s the earlier than:
Here’s the after:
Not unhealthy for an extended weekend of labor. Ready to see how I did it? Let’s get began!
First step in any deck undertaking is to clear the deck and examine the boards to see if any must be repaired or changed.
Once the boards have been inspected (I fortunately didn’t have to exchange any), I knocked down any unfastened or lifted nails utilizing a hammer.
Next, I cleaned off the deck utilizing a thick bristle brush.
After eradicating particles from the deck, it was time to prep the yard for a deep deck cleansing. I began through the use of a garden hose to soak all the crops surrounding the deck. This will assist dilute any resolution that touches the crops throughout cleansing.
Next, I added a bottle of Olympic Deck Cleaner to a handheld pump sprayer. I then used the sprayer to saturate the dry deck boards. I additionally made positive to make use of a thick bristled brush to work the answer into the boards. Then, I allowed the answer to take a seat for 10 – 15 minutes.
After 10 – 15 minutes, I then used my power washer on the bottom setting to clean away the answer from the decking boards. I then let the deck dry for a full 24 hours.
The subsequent day, I used a pole sander to only knock down any splinters or fuzzy items of wooden that have been leftover from the ability washing. This may also be accomplished utilizing a powered sander as properly. The quantity of sanding that can must be accomplished will rely on the situation of the wooden.
After sanding, it was time to brush off the deck yet one more time after which put together it for stain by hanging plastic wrap on any surfaces I didn’t need to paint (i.e., the home, fence, and crops).
Next, I poured my cans of Olympic Elite Solid Stain right into a 5-gallon bucket to verify the colour stayed constant. I selected a strong stain for this undertaking as a result of the deck is a bit older, and the strong stain will give it a wealthy colour however nonetheless emphasize the feel of the wooden.
I then started to color the deck and began by spraying stain on the lattice and railings utilizing a paint sprayer. I additionally made positive to again brush the paint with a paintbrush to take away any drips or extra paint.
When it was time to color the decking boards, I attempted just a few totally different strategies starting from making use of the paint with a paint roller to utilizing a deck stain applicator. But, in the long run I opted to make use of my handheld paint sprayer to use the end to the deck after which again brush every board with a paintbrush.
The Olympic Elite Solid Stain is a stain and sealant all-in-one. So I solely wanted to use two coats and wait two hours in between them. I then let the stain dry for 48 hours earlier than strolling on it or putting in some new patio furnishings and a small bistro set from The Home Depot.
Talk a few transformation!
It’s fairly wonderful what just a few days of labor and a contemporary coat of stain can do to an area (and to your grandparents’ life-style). My grandparents are stoked on their new outside house. I can not wait to hold with them on their newly improved deck for espresso and board video games actually quickly!