Deck Restoration, Part 2

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When I got to the point of being ready and able to start getting projects done again, with the urging of my husband, I knew I needed to finish up some things I had started before I got pregnant. A few examples…
1. The set of stairs from our foyer into our living room. I changed the stairs over from carpet to hardwood, stained/painted them but still need to add finish trim.
2. The kitchen cabinets. I started painting them white and am only about halfway, which by the way, they have stayed for about 1 1/2 years. Ugh! I realized when I got pregnant that the paint/varnish stripper I was using was very toxic so I had to stop using it. I bought a non-toxic version but of course it just didn’t work as well and took SO much longer.
3. My dining room table, we have a beautiful farm table with no seating 😦
4. And finally, our backyard deck. Since it is the start of summer (which really doesn’t get in full swing until July 4th around here) I thought this would be the best place to start so we could enjoy it once the weather gets consistently warm. It’s been about halfway done for a year…or so I thought. I was telling myself that I started this project last summer and only stopped because the weather changed. Except…I was very very pregnant last summer and didn’t work on the deck at all. So, it’s actually been sitting halfway done for 2 years now! UGH!!! Real life.

Hubby asked over and over if I just wanted to hire someone to finish the deck. I, because I am way too independent and stubborn, continued to say no no no, I will finish it. Time to put my money where my mouth is.

So, for the last 2 weeks, I’ve been working on it here and there, when the weather permits and during naptimes. The progress is slow but I’m determined! And because I’m trying to do this without starting any other projects in the process, I wanted to give you a little update of what I’ve been working on.

One of the first projects I did was the restoration of our front porch deck, you can see that post here. I’m using the same products on the back deck which I will link to throughout this post. The back deck was a bit worse off that the front. On the front porch, I didn’t have to replace any boards, just clean and stain. Here is a little insight into what I’m working with in the back…

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At first glance, it doesn’t look so bad. But…

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 Lots of small areas of rotted wood, and as I began to remove boards, found quite a bit more underneath. Row by row, I removed the boards, starting furthest from the house. Some boards were still fully painted and in tact so I did reuse some of them, however, I would suggest NOT doing this. Even though I used the same board size as what was already in place, the new boards are slightly wider and thicker than the old boards. Not by a huge amount, but just enough to make it noticeable. So, going forward, I’m going to replace all boards.

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I’ve got about half of the boards replaced at this point, right now I’m trying to get all the railings painted before continuing to replace the remaining boards, including all the stairs. I’ve got a big task ahead of me and I’m trying to get it all done by 4th of July!! Oh boy!

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I’m using the same deck stain as the front porch, Behr Deck Over solid stain in padre brown for the floor boards and anchor posts and solid stain in white for the railings. I am adding these solar power post caps to the railings for some night lighting. Keep in mind, these do not give off a ton of light so these are more just for aesthetics than lighting your outdoor space at night.

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I ordered this outdoor furniture from Target.com and LOVE it!! It is a simple black iron frame complete with white cushions. I purchased the loveseat and 2 chairs from the Fernhill patio collection. The black and white pillows are also from Target but are indoor pillows which I coated with Scotchguard to waterproof them for the outdoors. We will see how they hold up 🙂 I couldn’t find these exact pillows online to link them but they do have a TON of new indoor styles to choose from plus a sale on most outdoor accessories.

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So here’s too a few weeks of hard work so we can enjoy this area for the couple of months that we have sun and warm weather 🙂

 

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DIY Flower Basket Stand

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Happy belated Mother’s Day to all the amazing, hard-working mamas out there! I hope you all enjoyed a day of relaxation, pampering and spending quality time with your kiddos.

I started this project as something completely different…I was searching for DIY floor lamp ideas and came across a flower pot stand idea on Pinterest instead. My goal was to make it and post the instructions in time for you all to make it yourself, possibly for a Mother’s Day gift, however, my morning sickness got in the way 😦

I’m at 16 weeks now and my mornings are getting more and more difficult by the day. I wake up every single morning with a headache that has been lasting about 2 hours before I get rid of it enough to function and for the last couple days, intense joint pain in my hips is actually waking me up early in the morning. Anyone else have this? I feel like it’s so early to be having hip/joint pain already. My hope is that I just pushed myself a bit too hard with all the retail chaos of Mother’s Day shopping. I was running around quite a bit more than usual from Friday-Sunday. I used my pregnancy pillow last night and for the first time, woke up today without a headache! Woohoo!! (This could also be because I ate a very late dinner) However, the pillow did nothing for the joint pain. Let’s hope taking it easy for few days will help.

So this flower basket stand was super easy, it’s made out of an old floor lamp and a metal hanging basket. And other than dry time for the spray paint, I think the whole thing took me an hour to put together!

Supplies
old floor lamp
drill and drill bits
block of 1×6″ scrap wood
1″ self drilling screws
20″ metal hanging basket with fiber liner (remove hanging chains from basket)
a few inches 1/2″ copper plated steel tab tape
3/4″ self drilling screws
spray paint in color of your choice
potting soil and plants of your choice

Step 1:
I started with this lamp that I got for $20 at a thrift store

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Step 2:
Remove the glass bowl, light bulb and electrical fixture from the lamp. (The electrical fixture should come out by unscrewing it from the base and you’ll be able to pull a bit of the cord out throught the top of the lamp). Using wire cutters, cut the electrical cord away from the electrical fixture. You should now be able to pull the electrical cord from the  bottom of the lamp until it is completly removed.

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Step 3:
Using a drill and a drill bit just slightly larger than the threaded post of your screws, you will drill a hole on 4 sides at the top of the lamp post, holes should be evenly spaced apart. (Note: the larger hole is from the lamp switch, not from drilling)

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Step 4:
Using a piece of scrap wood (mine was a piece of 1×6 board but to about 8″), turn the lamp post upside down and center it on the scrap wood. Attach the lamp post to the wood using 1″ self drilling screws. You may want a helper for this step as the lamp post may not sit evenly and stay upright while you are drilling.

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Step 5:
Using the copper plated steel tab tape, you will attach the wire hanging basket to the wood. Turn the post back over so it is standing upright, scrap wood facing up. Set the wire basket on top of the wood, centered. Cut a piece of tab tape long enough to weave through some of the basket wires and still attached the tab tape to the wood with 3/4″ self drilling screws. As you are attaching the tab tape, you should be pulling it or holding it down tightly so the basket is secure and not loose enough to move.

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Step 6:
Use your spray paint to paint the lamp base, wood and hardware in your desired color and allow to dry according to directions on the can. Once dried, add the fiber liner to the metal basket.

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Step 7:
Plant your basket!! Again, be aware that your basket stand may be top heavy. Mine was a bit unsteady so I was very careful when planting and because it was so tall (mine stands about 7 feet tall without plants), I had to plant it while standing  a few stairs above the stand. I was also worried about the stand blowing over in the wind so I used wired to attach the stand to a post on my deck to hold it in place.

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I used an ornamental grass, 3 geraniums and 3 bacopa plants to dress up my basket, as well as an outdoor flat black spray paint on the base. I love this planter so much, I think I’m going to make a few others to match it!

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