Extend the Life of Your Deck for Free!

This is a project that worked out even better than I thought it would!  I gave myself a brand new deck surface for free.

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!



18 comments:

Michele @ The Nest at Finch Rest said...

You are genius.

Julie @ followyourheartwoodworking said...

That seems like such a lot of work! I'm going to clean mine with a deck wash and hope for the best.

Jennifer said...

Sometimes the simple ideas are the best ones. Smart thinking Anne. I wish we could do something similar, but our deck boards are past help and are too rotten to flip. I am just hoping they can hold up one more summer as we already have a lot of projects to do.

Audrey said...

How clever of you ... a great way to save money. I did that with a weathered desk top and the flip side was beautiful. You just keep us inspired.
Thanks,
Audrey Z.

Aga M. said...

Wow. Great idea, you are really genius. Greetings :)

ANNE said...

Thank you!! What a nice thing to say. Happy Sunday!

Laurel Stephens said...

My daughter just did this to her deck. Wonderful idea, Anne!

Kolein said...

This just confirmed what I've really thought all along...you are the smartest woman I know.

xo

20 North Ora said...

Looks like a lot of work but well worth it! Looks amazing.

Judy

Reenie said...

WOW!! I have a huge deck ~ but I may have to try this!! Looks great and what a great idea.

Art and Sand said...

You are amazing!

Down by the sea said...

The natural wood does look amazing, it must have been hard work. Sarah x

Shirley@Housepitality Designs said...

Wow...it looks great and you are the clever one!!! ... Must have been a bit of a back breaking project! Great job as always!

A Joyful Cottage said...

That would be a monster job to tackle. I don't think these old bones could take it, but you're young and strong. It looks great, Anne. Well done!

Magali@TheLittleWhiteHouse said...

It must have been a huge job, but you can be proud of yourself. The result is amazing.

Amy Ellis said...

Love the fresh new look, the fact that it cost you nothing and that you salvaged all that gorgeous wood!! Don't know what the best top coats are but I'll be on the look out and give you a holler if I see something.

MJ said...

You must be decades younger than I. Not enough muscle in my whole neighborhood to spend turning decking! Ive had rotten luck with all the deck treatments I've tried. Where my benches around the edge shade the deck, it grows green stuff on top of the boards, and when i clean the top of the boards the sides are green and too close together to actually scrub clean. Am rethinking this whole deck thing. Need to move to a drier climate. Guess it's kinda depressing seeing pictures of your nice deck while mine is such a pitiful mess......sigh......

ANNE said...

Aww, don't be depressed!! There must be a solution out there somewhere. I actually prefer concrete patios to decks - much easier to maintain.

Thanks for your sweet comment, hope you're able to sort out your deck issues soon.