A couple months ago, Mitch came home from a Home Depot run. I think he originally went there to pick up some insulation for our attic (we've been steadily adding more R-value to our once heat-escaping attic, hoping that this winter's heating bill doesn't kill us like it did last year). When he came in, he had a folder of info that he promptly plopped down on the kitchen table. After a while I took a look at the bundle of information. It was all about painting a deck with a product called Behr DeckOver. Mitch was itchin' to do something to our deck and thought painting it with a heavy duty, durable deck paint was a great choice, and might last longer than a typical staining job (which he's done several times to our tired-looking 9 year old boards).
Then a great idea popped into my head, and after thinking about it for a half second, I said to Mitch, "Ya know...I'm just going email Behr and see if they'll give us the paint if I do a follow-up blog post about our deck makeover." Surprisingly, it worked. That was the first time I ever did that--contact a company and ask them to partner with me in a project. I've done it before with giveaways for you guys, but never for one of our own projects. So I was very impressed with Behr's customer service and the overall experience.
I don't have a total "before" picture for you, but as you can see, our deck needed some help. The color we chose was Cape Cod Gray and the 5 gallon pail was more than enough for our 16x12' deck.
Before starting with the paint, Mitch pressure washed the deck to remove any/all dirt and build-up.
Bryce also helped. He actually is a great worker and loves to help. He loved washing the deck!
We started with the railings, which did take a while--we ended up stretching out the job over the span of several weeks. But once we got to the floor, things picked up quickly since we were able to use the roller.
We put on two coats on the railings and three coats on the floor. And of course I staged the whole thing. There's a greenhouse down the street, owned by a Mennonite family. Briar Rose Greenhouse (they don't have a website, but here's a FB page about them) let me use their mums, pumpkins, planters, etc. so I could take some pretty pictures. (Check them out if you're local--they have a great selection of plants all year round and they're a friendly family-owned and operated business.)
They had a vast array of pumpkins and gourds, as well as tri-colored mums, and fun accessories like a "spider" holder that I used to stack up pumpkins on. How I love the colors of fall!
They also have some beautiful hanging planters.
I've had my eye on globe string lights for a while so we finally took the plunge and ordered them from Target. I love the ambiance they bring...it makes our deck more of an outdoor room to me. Love it so much. So much so that the other evening we had friends over and I made us all sit out on the deck wrapped up in blankets. Ha.
(Side note: I love how festive our orange door looks this time of year.)
So overall, I like how the paint really transformed our deck--it spruced up something that looked dated and worn and made it into a brighter, fresher space.
It's a great place to curl up in a blanket and drink a cup o' joe, while looking at the surrounding cornfields.
It feels great to have this project completed. It was one of those that was hanging over our heads for a while, so it's awesome checking one more project off the to-do list. And I think it looks great!
Have you guys ever painted a deck? It's a lot of work, but once it's done, it looks like a million bucks. The only downside of doing this project this time of year is that it's getting cold FAST! What's up with these 30 degree nights?! But the good thing is that come spring, our deck will be ready to go.