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.

{Before}

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!

{After}

{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!

{After}

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?

Wendy

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5 comments:

  1. Time for a cocktail! Looks fantastic!
    Kerry at housetalkn.blogspot.com

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  2. It looks great! I'm with you, I wouldn't have waited till the end of summer to stain it either.

    Pam

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  3. Congrats, it has to feel great to have accomplished something so beautiful and grand. Grab a refreshing drink, a great read and relax for awhile! xoxo michele

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  4. I look forward to seeing what other goodies you have here..

    Decking Timber

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