Deck Restoration

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Whoever lived here before us didn’t seem concerned with the obscene amount of rain we get in the pacific northwest and saw no reason to put any sort of finish on the front porch deck. The wood was weathered and worn, dirty and grey; much like the wood I take off of a pallet for some DIY project. I thought for sure that we would need to replace the whole deck if I ever wanted it to look new again. Boy was I wrong!

So here is what I was starting with…

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I know, I know…it’s not THAT bad! But just dirty and dingy enough to drive me crazy knowing I wouldn’t get that beautiful look of stained wood grain. So, I ventured off to Home Depot to see what I could find to remedy this. As I was in the paint aisle looking at the variety of different colors of deck paint, an employee restocking the shelves asked if I had any questions. I said “No thank you, just deciding on a color” and he went back to his work. Then, something caught my eye…something that would change my life forever! I said to the man, “actually, that wood cleaner behind you, is it important to use that before I paint my deck even if I pressure wash it?” “Absolutely” he said.

I left the store with my stain, paint brushes and the Behr All-In-One Deck Cleaner and got to work. First I pressure washed the entire deck. This did remove quite a bit of the grime but the wood still had the same dirty look. With the wood still wet, I pulled out the wood cleaner. I poured the entire contents of the bottle into a large bucket and added an equal amount of water. After mixing the solution, I used a stiff bristle brush and began applying the wood cleaner in a scrubbing motion, let it sit for about 10 minutes and then rinsed it off. To my amazement, this is what happened…

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Incredible, right?!?! It looked like a brand new deck! I was beyond excited (and also a little weirded out that I so excited over a deck…apparently this is what happens when you get older?) Next step was to allow the wood to dry out for a couple of days before staining and painting. I used Behr Semi-Transparent Weather Proofing Wood Stain in Padre Brown for the deck with Behr Solid Weather Proofing Wood Stain in Ultra Pure White for the railings. And here is the finished product…

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