Deck Makeover

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When I first moved to the Midwest two years ago, I thought it was the strangest thing that no one had fences. In Arizona, every yard is separated by tall cinder block walls, so you couldn’t see into your neighbors yard. It did take a little while getting used to, but I have to say I love it now. It makes your backyard feel so more spacious and open. I also really love having a deck. That is something I never had in AZ either. We spend most of our summer nights on our deck grilling, watching the kids play and making s’mores. It is our favorite place to be!

As part of the BHG Live Better Network, I am partnering with them this month to show my deck makeover. Finally after two years, it is coming together. It’s still not all the way there, but I love it so far. Don’t look too close. My kids cleaned it off for me before I took the pictures. They were trying to earn points to go to the pool. ;)

deck makeover on iheartnaptime.net

Here’s what it looked like when we moved in two summers ago.

deck before on iheartnaptime.net

Here’s the basic steps we did to refinish the deck. I’m no pro, and I won’t lie it wasn’t fun… but it was totally worth it! We got our whole family in on the fun and finished it in one weekend.

Supplies:

  • Deck scrub brush
  • Wood cleaner
  • Deck stain/paint (We used Wood Chip Deck Over by Behr)
  • Roller brush
  • Paint brush

Instructions:

Clean deck really well with deck cleaner and brush. Then power wash with water.

cleaning deck on iheartnaptime.net

Roll brush in paint and then roll onto the wood. I like to start in one corner and work my way to the other. Apply 2nd coat once dry. Find drying times on paint the can. We didn’t need to prime with the stain we used, which was really nice.

painting a deck on iheartnaptime.net

I like to paint the spindles with a brush. This part was the most time consuming. I love the white contrast though! Next time, I’m going to look into a paint sprayer. ;)

painting deck on iheartnaptime.net

Apply another coat if needed and allow to fully dry before putting furniture on top. Pretty simple, just time consuming. Anyone can do it though and you’ll be so happy when it’s done!

adorable deck furniture on on iheartnaptime.net

I found this cute patio set on sale at Walmart and knew it would be perfect to dress up the patio a little bit. It’s stylish, comfy and affordable!

geranium and planter on on iheartnaptime.net

I bought this cute planter and stand on sale at Walmart too. Flowers are always a great way to spruce up the deck.

deck accessories on on iheartnaptime.net

I also found this cute candle holder and a candle to keep the mosquitoes away.

We love how it turned out and will be enjoying many summer nights out on the deck!

Have you refinished a deck before? Share your tips in the comments!

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Jamielyn Nye

Creative director and founder of I Heart Naptime. Jamielyn aspires to reach women, get their creative juices flowing, and to genuinely inspire. When she’s not creating, Jamielyn loves to chase her three little monkeys and snuggle up on the couch with her man.

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  1. Paige posted on July 6, 2015 at 10:50 am (#
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    I love the new white finish and the patio furniture you picked out!

    Paige
    http://thehappyflammily.com

    • Jamielyn posted on July 6, 2015 at 2:46 pm (#
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      Thank you Paige! Xo.

  2. Michelle posted on July 6, 2015 at 2:26 pm (#
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    The deck looks so much better! Good job!!! 

  3. Amanda posted on July 6, 2015 at 3:18 pm (#
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    Wow, very nice!

  4. Christina posted on July 7, 2015 at 12:59 am (#
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    It looks great! We just used Deck Over as well and it makes such a huge difference. I have some pictures going up on my blog soon.

  5. Heather posted on July 7, 2015 at 8:58 am (#
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    Love how it looks! We are needing to do something with our deck and this gave me some great ideas!

  6. Amy@MomAdvice posted on July 9, 2015 at 9:18 am (#
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    What a transformation- this is incredible! I absolutely love this!! xo

    • Jamielyn posted on July 10, 2015 at 12:46 am (#
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      Thank you Amy!! :)

  7. Heather posted on September 11, 2015 at 9:31 am (#
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    This looks so great! Just a couple questions, the spindles did you paint those with the deck over and then the white? Did you just use regular white paint? I am going to do this with our deck and I’m excited I hope it turns out as well as yours did. :) thanks for sharing.