Summer is the perfect time to give your deck some love! I recently decided to freshen up my grandparents’ weathered deck in their back yard with the # 1 Olympic Elite Solid Stain to give them a cute and practical outdoor space to stay at home. This project took a few days (luckily the weather held out) and made a big impression in her back yard.
Here is the before:
Here is the after:
Not bad for a long work weekend. Ready to see how I did it? Let’s start!
The first step in a deck project is to clear the deck and inspect the boards to determine if repairs or replacements are required.
After the boards were inspected (luckily I didn’t have to replace them), I knocked loose or raised nails down with a hammer.
Next I cleaned the deck with a thick bristle brush.
After the debris was removed from the deck, it was time to prepare the yard for a thorough cleaning of the deck. I started with a garden hose to water all the plants around the deck. This helps dilute any solution that touches the plants during cleaning.
Next, I added a bottle of Olympic Deck Cleaner to a hand pump sprayer. I then used the sprayer to saturate the dry deck boards. I also made sure to use a thick bristle brush to process the solution into the boards. Then I let the solution sit for 10-15 minutes.
After 10-15 minutes I used my pressure washer at the lowest level to wash the solution off the decking. I then let the deck dry for a full 24 hours.
The next day, I used a rod grinder to knock down any splinters or blurred pieces of wood left over from the power wash. This can also be done with a motor grinder. The amount of sanding that needs to be done depends on the condition of the wood.
After sanding, it was time to brush the deck again and then prepare it for stains by hanging plastic wrap on all surfaces that I didn’t want to paint (ie the house, the fence and the plants).
Next I poured my Olympic Elite Solid Stain cans into a 5 gallon bucket to make sure the color stayed consistent. I chose a solid stain for this project because the deck is a bit older and the solid stain gives it a rich color but still emphasizes the texture of the wood.
Then I started painting the deck and spraying stains on the grille and railings with a paint sprayer. I also made sure to brush the paint back with a brush to remove any drops or excess paint.
When it was time to paint the decking, I tried different methods, from applying the paint with a paint roller to using a stain applicator. In the end, however, I decided to use my hand paint sprayer to apply the finish to the deck, and then brush each board back with a brush.
The Olympic Elite Solid Stain is an all-in-one stain and sealant. So I just had to apply two coats and wait two hours in between. I then let the stain dry for 48 hours before going on or installing new garden furniture and a small bistro set from The Home Depot.
Talk about a transformation!
It’s pretty amazing what a few working days and a fresh stain on a room (and your grandparents’ lifestyle) can do. My grandparents are excited about their new outdoor area. I can’t wait to hang out with them on their newly improved deck for coffee and board games soon!