Hitting the Deck

Our backyard was one of the things that sold us on this house.  We have an “end of group” townhouse so our yard’s square footage is bigger than most on our street.

In addition, we have a good sized deck that we utilize most of the year.

We have been wanting to re-stain our deck since we moved in a year and a half ago.  Finally, we have started the process.

First we moved everything off of the deck and into the yard.

I’m sure our neighbors were thrilled about our lovely mess.  We were in need of cleaning off our deck anyway, so we used this opportunity to de-clutter (also known as de-hoard.)

Bob used this stuff to strip any leftover stain.

LESSON LEARNED: This stuff contains acid!!  Wear goggles when using it!!

Bob learned that lesson the hard way.  See, he got half of the deck done the first night.

See how the left side of the deck is lighter?  He just applied the stripper, scrubbed with a stiff bristle brush and hosed off the area.

The next night he started with the other half.  He put some stripper in a paint tray to apply onto the deck but as he was moving it, a little splashed up and out into his eye!  We had Bob over the sink dumping water in his eye to flush it out.  I even called the on-call emergency eye doctor!   I had a flashback to when my little sister used some TV cleaner as eye drops.

He was fine, but after that he let the deck sit half stripped for about a week before finishing it with his new goggles ON!

The deck looked like this (after we brought the table and chairs back up).

I know from the pictures it doesn’t look all that different but the stripper definitely worked.

Next up is the cleaner…but before we get to that step, we want to choose the stain color.

This is my vision:

I’m thinking dark on the “floor” of the deck.  White on the rails. Like this:

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or this

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At first we couldn’t decide if we wanted to go with a solid stain, semi-transparent, or a mixture of both (semi-trans dark, solid white?).  So we went to Home Depot and picked up some samples.  As soon as Bob applied the white, we both agreed solid stain was the way to go.

Then we applied the dark stain choices to see which we liked best.

The one on top is Behr Solid Color Wood Stain in Coffee.  The bottom is Behr Solid Color Wood Stain in Wood Chip.  Who knew this would be the hard part?

Why am I so good at choosing deck stain color!?!?!?

We are having trouble deciding.  Bob is leaning toward the Wood Chip.  I go back and forth.  I think we may have to see what they look like up against the brick of the house.  We’ll sit on it for about a week before we decide.  The weather has to cool down a little before we apply the stain anyway.

So what do you think?  Coffee or Wood Stain?  Leave your opinion in the comments.

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4 thoughts on “Hitting the Deck

  1. I think the wood chip would look good against the brick on your house, kinda break it up a little bit. The coffee looks like it might be too close to a brick color. The deck is looking great already!!!

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