Updating your deck is one of those tasks that can totally change the entire look of your home. Not to mention, if you have one in the front of your home (like me) it can either add or take away from the appeal of your house.
First things first, you’ll need to assess the shape of your deck. Determine if you’ll need to do the following:
- replace boards–if so, how many?
- caulk to fill in cracks
- buy deck paint (or stain if you’re taking this route) and how much
- scrub brush for cleaning
- cleaner to clean your deck
- sandpaper for your sander
- a scraper to remove old paint
- then of course, rollers, brushes and the like to apply your deck paint
Ok, so you’ve determined the damage and you’ve bought your necessary supplies. Good on ya mate! Now, is the fun part. Er… well, I don’t know about fun, but this is when it all goes down y’all.
Next, get your sand on!
There are a variety of ways you can actually do this step. Originally I tried just scraping the paint off where it was chipping and flaking, but the damage was too great. Our front deck will need to be replaced within the next 5 years so we decided to do our best, but we’re not going to kill ourself removing every single flake, chip or patch of old paint.
5 Steps for Updating Your Deck
2.) Olympic Rescue It! Wood and Concrete Resurfacer (we had Lowe’s color match to the Slate color that we liked for the Rustoleum Restore).
We used the white paint for the railings, but we used two different types of deck paint due to the different textures of each. During the winter our stairs can get quite slick. This is quite the conundrum (isn’t this a fun word?) considering we have two flights of stairs to go up and down every single day, several times a day.
So, the Restore is extremely thick and textured, and works fantastically on our steps to prevent neck-breakage and other horrible medical conditions related to falling down the steps.
Meanwhile, we used the less textured deck paint (Rescue It!) on the areas where we would most frequently walk bare foot on.
Ok, ok, a lot bit! ;)
1.) Please, please, please read the directions on each container of paint that you buy. Some recommend a drying time of 2 days!
4.) Use masking tape around your railings. You might think that you can paint around it, but trust me, you’ll thank yourself in the long run when you don’t have to fix as many spots.
In the end though, I’m so happy we did this project, and I know we will be able to enjoy this color (and the decks!) for many, many more years to come! Now all I have to figure out is how to decorate…. Yay! :)