Complete Deck Makeover

Complete Deck Makeover

Hi friends!  Today I am sharing our Complete Deck Makeover and transformation.  If you have been following twindragonflydesigns on Instagram then you know that it’s been a lengthy process.  Full of snow in May, mysterious paint splotches and vintage finds.  Here’s how it went down…

 

Complete Deck Makeover

We replaced the surface of our deck {the boards on top} about three years ago.  At that time I stained the wood and painted the railings.  But the stained wood quickly became weathered and worn looking and we knew that we would have to find a solution this year.  I wanted the deck to be a lovely, usable outdoor space this summer ~ one that wasn’t dictated by the dog food or boy toys.  As we go through the process I will try to tell you where everything is from.  
 
We love our patio furniture.  I was set on getting something that had swivel chairs and no cushions.  I didn’t want the hassle of constantly storing cushions that would just fade in the sun anyway.  These fabric chairs are super comfy and have withstood the test of time.  We found this set at Zellers {soon to be Target in Kelowna ~ whoop whoop!} a few years ago.
 

Complete Deck Makeover

The first step in our deck makeover was to deal with the wooden decking.  I wasn’t sure if we should stain it again or try painting it.  So I went to Home Depot and talked to the very helpful associate in the paint department.  While we were chatting I notice a display for Behr Premium DECK OVER paint.  You know how they show a before and after of a sample project?  Well the before looked just like our deck and the after looked fabulous!
The associate loaded us up with everything we would need;  Behr All-In-One Wood Cleaner, Behr Premium DECK OVER paint, a 1/4″ nap roller and deck scrub brush.
I found this great video that describes the steps in how to paint your deck.  

 

Complete Deck Makeover

I had to completely clean the deck to be sure that it was free of any dirt or debris.  We started this project at the beginning of May.  It was unseasonably cool so it took longer for the water to dry than normal.  I was constantly watching the weather too because once the deck was painted it would need 72 hours to cure with 24 hours of no rain directly after painting.
 

Complete Deck Makeover

 
I absolutely love Behr Premium Deck Over Paint.  It acts like a sealer for any cracks, splinters or holes in the deck.  It provides a matte, non slip, durable surface which is just what we would need with our menagerie of pets and kids.  We did two coats of paint and used two cans {3.67 litres each} of paint for our deck which is approximately 16 x 20 feet.
It snowed 20 hours after I applied the second coat of paint.  That’s right, snow!  As you may know, cold weather and wet conditions are not the ideal for outdoor painting projects.  Immediately after getting wet the deck was covered in mysterious white splotches that wouldn’t come off with any amount of scrubbing.  Luckily after the paint had time to cure the splotches disappeared and the deck surface looked uniform and gorgeous again.
 

Complete Deck Makeover

After painting the deck I went all out with the decorating.  I truly wanted this to be our new outdoor space.  not just some place where we quickly grill a few steaks on the barbecue before coming back inside.
 

Complete Deck Makeover

This is the view from our sliding glass door.  I haven’t had a chance to fill my pots with annuals yet but soon the deck will be adorned with ceramic pots filled with colourful flowers too.
 

Complete Deck Makeover

Our colour scheme came together by accident.  Obviously I love turquoise but orange wasn’t my first choice when it came to a second colour.  But when shopping at Superstore I found these great plates, napkins and cups that were perfect for an outdoor barbecue on our deck.
 

Complete Deck Makeover

We picked up a new BBQ and Darcy is in love.  This one is from Walmart and is the same brand as our old one that lasted ten years and is still going strong ~ CharBroil.  It boasts four burners, a side element, a special searing spot, rotisserie, magnetic doors, swivel casters and more.  A prefect addition for our new space.
 

Complete Deck Makeover

This chair has been much coveted already.  This is what set the colour scheme for the deck.  When we went to pick it up at Home Hardware our colour choices were olive green or burnt orange.  Originally I had intended to have a neutral pallet so we took the olive green up to the check out counter.  Last minute {with many rolled eyes and talk about women from Darcy and the sales associate} I changed my mind and asked for the orange one.  It’s a girls prerogative to be picky isn’t it?!  And boy am I glad that I was.
 

Complete Deck Makeover

This chair is perfect finishing touch.  The paintings that are hung on the lattice are from my latest Pinspired Project class.  I will have a tutorial and link to the inspiration for you soon.
 

Complete Deck Makeover

Did I mention that this chair is uber comfy?!  The cute peacock pillow is from Homesense and usually graces our bedroom.
 

Complete Deck Makeover

This upcycled apple box became a lovely little side table in no time.  I just did a light wash of turquoise paint and called it done.  The unique little glass vase was part of a gift from Darcy for my birthday ~ he found it at Art Knapps Plantland.
 

Complete Deck Makeover

I found this vintage apple box and many other fab finds through Old Farm Windows and Doors, a local Facebook group.  You can check out my other finds here.
 

Complete Deck Makeover

I think that I have covered everything in our complete deck makeover.  Now to enjoy the deck from every angle…
 

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Thanks for checking out our outdoor space transformation.  
We hope to have you join us for a barbecue soon!
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35 Comments

  1. Christine @ First Home...Love Life says

    Super cool! I love the colors you chose, it really brightens everything up! I’d love for you to share this and any other projects you’d like at my House Party—https://www.firsthomelovelife.com/2013/05/house-party-3-b-y-o-p-features.html XO

  2. Crystelle Boutique says

    What a beautiful porch…..You have been a very busy girl! Go pat yourself on the back, because I think the dick looks amazing, the decor is super cute and inviting. Love the colors……

    hugs xx Crystelle
    Crystelle Boutique

  3. Angie Morris says

    I’m so glad I found your post on naptime creations! We have a very weathered deck that we probably should replace, but this product will prolong its life for sure – thank you!!

    • Heather Painchaud says

      Yes! It has sealed our deck really well. We were worried about the chairs scraping the finish and they haven’t left a single mark which is awesome. Dirt {mud} seems to cling to our deck and takes a bit of scrubbing to get off but I think that is a result of the poor cure and cold that we got when we originally painted. Overall we are really happy!

  4. Emily Thompson says

    how fun! I wish I had a deck :o) Thanks for linking up to Tasteful Tuesdays at Nap-Time Creations. This will be featured this weekend at my Fun Summer Ideas round up… come on over and check it out. Be sure to grab a featured button to proudly display as well! Emily @ Nap-Time Creations

  5. Kristy D says

    I have the same question as Melissa Gilmore – My husband and I have been checking out this product and curious which color this is! I love how it looks on your deck!

    • Heather Painchaud says

      Thanks Kristy! I went with “Terra Cotta” because it has a bit of a red undertone to match our fencing. My parents are painting their concrete with this product soon too 😉

  6. Manda Mosoiu says

    Heather,
    I love your deck! I’ve been looking at this product as well. Wondering did you paint the white and taupe on the rails and top boards earlier or with this product as well? Thanks.
    Manda

  7. Butch Greene says

    How many square feet do you have? It looks similar to the size of our deck and I’m contemplating using it and taking back the stain we have. Also, with the square footage you have, how many gallons did it require?

    • Heather Painchaud says

      I was worried about scratching as well but none of our chairs or furnishings have scratched it so far which is impressive with the amount of traffic the deck has had already. I did have a section of the paint {a couple of inches} peel off of the deck boards but that may have been a result of the inadequate cure time that we gave our paint to dry. I am disappointed with how the dirt tends to stick to the deck. I have tried to hose the deck off but it takes some scrubbing to get the finish looking new. Again this may be a result of our colder temps when originally painted.

  8. drew says

    Hi Heather,

    We are about to do our deck with Deck Over, but have found that many consumers have reviewed the product and complained with the amount of dirt that sticks to the deck. Especially doggy prints! Did your furniture scratch it as well? I noticed your pic dating went back to May 13th, so you should have an idea as to how its holding up? Did you clean it with Behr deck cleaner prior to painting? I am so nervous about putting an inferior product on a newly finished deck! Thanks! – Melissa (using my hubbys email)

    • Heather Painchaud says

      Our furniture has not scratched the deck {it seems to be a durable finish} but I would agree that dirt seems to stick to it especially as time passes. We plan on trying a different product next year. Yes we cleaned with the Behr deck cleaner. 🙂

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