The Deck is DONE!

After weeks & weeks, the deck staining project can finally be crossed off the list!  I mentioned in my project list that my husband spent the entire summer last year building this deck himself!  It was a labor of love that needed to be done, since we had a door that led to a 2-story drop!  The deck looked great, but I knew it would be even better once it was stained.


It was recommended that we wait a year to stain it, so the wood could dry out.  I couldn't quite wait a whole year, since it wasn't finished until the end of the summer last year, but figured a few months wouldn't hurt anything!


{Not a glamour shot!}

Sorry for the ugly scenery in this picture, but I wanted to show the landing & steps.  The concrete for the patio is getting delivered today, so hopefully, it won't be too long before we make this area look pretty!  I would love to try something like this to camouflage the exterior basement wall.  I found the idea on the blog Classic Casual Home.  We'll see!


It is such a relief to finally have the deck complete.  This project tested my heat-resistance (I started this when the temps were in the upper 90's), pain tolerance (Oh, my aching back!), & patience (Who'll Stop the Rain).  Needless to say, next time we're paying someone to do this!

Have you ever started a project & then realized it would have been much better to have hired help instead?


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