Feeling a little dingy
Even with all the plants I potted and had sitting on my front porch (which is a small deck), it looked a little beat up. The lovely plants and wonderful weather overwhelmed me and made me want to continue to freshen up the entry area to my home. So, first I had to clear off the deck and then it was time to use a pressure washer. I had never used one before, but my husband was kind enough to get me set up and started with a quick run through. The front porch looked very dingy to me even after cleaning it with a deck & fence cleaner we picked up at Home Depot.
I had originally picked "wood chip" but once the store mixed it, I ended up with "padre brown" since their mixer had been making everything a shade darker than they intended. I told them it would work fine for me, that I would just pay for it & use it anyway.
Before I cleaned the deck off, I had made a trip to pick up some new paint for it. Since, the decks had always been painted a natural cedar (orangey) color, I thought it was time to change things up a bit. Considering that dirt & scuff marks might not be as noticeable if the deck were a darker color, I opted for a darker brown. I wanted a full-coverage, opaque stain, so BEHR's Deckover product would be great.
After a fresh coat of white on the railing.
With just a paintbrush, an old can of acrylic outdoor white for the railing, and a can of the Deckover for the floor, I was ready to get to work. It took me all of last Saturday, but I got the front porch (deck) finished. No insects claimed my life even though they scared me a few times.
Before & After Shots
So, then Sunday I moved on to the back deck. Seriously, it took me the whole day to power wash and then repaint/touch-up the white railing around it. I only re-painted where it really needed it.
Painting continued on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, and I just finished up this morning (Thursday). Yes, it took a lot of time, but I did it all by hand with just a paintbrush. Why, you might ask? Because, I wanted to really get in all the cracks and along all the edges with paint. A roller wouldn't have done as good of a job or put the paint on quite as smoothly. How do I know? I've tried before. Are my paint-jobs perfect? No, but I think my projects look 100% better than they did before I started. :)
Now, I'm feeling a bit more experienced with exterior paint projects...yep, I've painted these decks at least twice by myself since we moved here. Would I want to paint the exterior of my home? No way! Heights kinda freak me out and it seems worse the older I get. We paid someone to do that a couple years ago and I would gladly pay someone to paint my house again the next time, too. LOL
My name is Candie. Many labels describe me including wife, mom, friend, and independent consultant. However, alone, none of them capture all that I am or love and there are too many to list. Some of my likes include cooking, crafting, and creating. Reading, camping, and spending time with my family also bring me joy. I love my life...