Deck Transformation! Tah-Dah!!!

final result

After a few weeks of tedious work and setbacks, I finally have renovated my old, broken down, weathered deck.  Gone are the days of splinters and my feet going through rotted boards.  I mean it was exciting and all playing the “Splinter or No Splinter” game (just kidding), but this deck had to be redone and I am excited that this project is complete.

When I first set out to work on this project my deck looked like this…



As you can see its weathered, splintering, and covered in mildew and various stains.


The first thing I did was clean the deck thoroughly with a Clorox Deck bleach and water solution.  I got down on my hands and knees, then scrubbed that darn thing like Cinderella! This by far was one of the most time-consuming steps of this renovation.  Trust me though, preparation is everything.  Preparation really is the factor that will either make for beautiful long-lasting end results, or leave you with a disastrous mess.

After I cleaned it, I started to tear out the planks of wood that were beyond saving. I replaced the broken planks with pressure treated planks. (Ignore my hand. The sun was ridiculous that day so I was trying to block it

tear out

After the non-salvageable boards were replaced, I let the deck dry fully.  After the deck was fully dry, did what is called “The Water Test”.  The Water Test is a simple test that you can do to determine if the wood is ready to accept stain.  It’s quite simple really. Take some water and pour it on to the wood.  If it absorbs into the wood, then you are ready to stain.  If it beads on the wood, then you need to prep some more as there is still grime, or a previous sealer present on the wood.

I took a 2 inch brush (the brush can be any size that is just my preference) that was made for stain and stained the lamp posts, the entire edge perimeter of the deck and the cracks in between the boards.  I took my time to really work the stain into the wood.  After I did that, I took a roller with and extended handle and rolled the stain onto the flat surfaces of the deck.

Now, it is recommended that you do this when your weather forecast shows ZERO rain for at least 72 hours after staining.  I did check this before I started, and it had originally showed a beautiful rain free week, however, that forecast was wrong and it rained about 6 hours after I had started staining.  Luckily, the stain I used is water-resistant after 4 hours and did survive the rain without being compromised.

This was my deck after 1 coat of stain and roughly 6 hours of dry time… and after about 2 hours of rain…

deck rain

Once the rain had passed, I let the deck dry out thoroughly for 48 hours before I resumed my work.  In the end, I did 2 coasts of the solid stain and I painted the sides of the deck with a high gloss exterior white paint.

This was my end result…



I’m extremely pleased with the results and after about 2 weeks of daily use this deck shows Zero signs of chipping, peeling or scratches.  

On to the next project!


Products used:

  • Behr Premium: Solid Color Waterproofing Stain and Sealer (Russet color)
  • Kilz 2 Primer
  • Benjamin Moore Exterior Paint (white)
  • Clorox Pro Results Deck & Patio cleaner
  • Stiff Bristle Deck Scrub Brush
  • Stain specific 2 inch Paint Brush
  • Extendable handled roller with stain specific roller head

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