Wednesday, October 8, 2014

Our Deck Makeover


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. 

18 comments:

  1. Looks great! Well done, Kat

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  2. The deck looks absolutely gorgeous. Love this string lights and love the styling. I'd be out there all say if I were you.

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    1. Thanks, Camille! Those lights could make a landfill pretty;)

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  3. I will be curious to see how it is a year from now. We used it on our deck last year and this year, it chipped and peeled. Please do a follow up in a year and tell me how yours held up. (and yes, I did follow the directions)

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    1. We were wondering how it holds up...thanks for chiming in! I'll be sure to do a follow-up post.

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  4. Your deck looks amazing!! I love Fall!! Your door is SO gorgeous!! Great job staging!!

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  5. Found your blog trying to ID a tree with leaves shaped like a maple that I think is a sycamore. If you can follow that, lol. But I enjoyed the pictures of your renovated deck: the plaid blankets draped on the deck chairs - that's my weakness. I grew up in central NY so I appreciate the beauty of a cornfield, too. :-)

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    1. Ha! I guess you never know where a random search will take ya, huh? ;) Glad you found the blog! Hope you stick around a while:)

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  6. I'm so impressed you reached out to Behr for the paint, they are lucky to have you using their products! Love all of the fall plants and pumpkins. There is nothing like being able to cozy up outside with string lights when the weather gets a little cooler.

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  7. I love the plaid throw blankets you used in these pics! Where are they from? (Found you via Design Mom, love your blog!)

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    1. All my plaid blankets are thrifted. I started picking them up a couple years ago when I'd stumble across a cute one. One can never have too many throws! Thanks for reading!

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  9. Thanks for the post, looks great! I have many followup questions:

    How long does Behr state that the finish will hold up? Does the deck furniture damage or streak the finish when moved (metal especially)? Does pressure washing remove or damage the finish? How easy is it to clean? Does it make the deck slippery when wet? How many coats did you put on? And how fast does it dry?

    Thanks for the great blog posts!

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    1. Hi DenisH,
      I will answer since I am the one who did the painting. Behr says that it should last from 5-10 years. Time will tell if that holds true. It does not appear moving the furniture damages the paint so far anyway. It does seem quite durable. We have not pressure washed the deck since applying it so cant really answer that one. I have not noticed the deck being slippery at all when wet. It actually kind of has some grit to it so that helps prevent becoming slippery. I applied 2 thick coats on the floor of the deck. It says that it dries to the to the touch in 5 hours but I did the second coat on a hot day and it seemed like it was drying pretty much right away so I had to be quick to flatten out any drips or streaks. Hope I answered all your questions.

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