How did I do it? Well, it took a lot of elbow grease but I took my ugly, flaked, checked and cracked deck boards and flipped them all over to give myself a new surface. With a bit of cleaning and sanding, the deck surface looks so amazing I wish I had done this the year I moved in!
Using a pry bar, hammer and crowbar I pulled all the nails out of the deck boards. The underside of the boards was a bit dirty and in some cases, not a smooth surface. Sanding the boards cleaned them up and smoothed them out while still leaving a rustic aged look. I reused all the nails - any that were bent, I straightened using my hammer. Easy peasy - well, sort of. The point was to get a new deck surface for as little money as possible. Free was better still!
My deck looks so perfect now! I haven't done much with the railing since it will be replaced with a bench style railing next year. For this year, I have a brand new deck floor and I am thrilled. I'm looking into different products for sealing the surface so that it doesn't get totally beat by the sun, rain and snow and lasts a lot longer as a result. If anyone has had success with a deck sealer, let me know!
This is how the deck looked 6 years ago when I first moved in. I never did like how the blue grey of the deck stain clashed with the beige grey of the siding. It looks much better how with the natural wood tone that fits in beautifully with the siding colour. If you look closely you can see how beat the boards were even then!
Have a happy weekend!
With a small budget, big dreams and a love of a challenge, Anne blogs about renovating and decorating her tiny 1930s bungalow. A self-taught artist and professed power tool lover, she enjoys writing, gardening, photography, nature and diy'ing. And she's never met a dumpster she didn’t want to root through! Come along for the ride!!