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It's summertime and that means we are outside a lot! So I am working on the outdoors a bit. The house has a great back deck that nearly runs the whole length of the house. Here is what it looked like when we moved in:
We have lived here for nearly three years now and the deck really needed to be sealed. So while I was buying sealant, I chose a semi-transparent color. It was supposed to be a natural redwood color; the store even had a piece of wood to show what it would look like. Wrong! Here is the newly stained deck:
It turned out pretty bright and pretty orangish! But is was expensive and a lot of work, so I figured I would get used to it. Then I was strolling through Walmart and found the perfect outdoor set, with tones that would match with the deck and make it look really summery, festive, and like I chose the color on purpose! LOL! It comes in a whole set with table and chairs, but I already have table & chairs and I didn't particularly like the furniture itself anyway. But the cushions, pillows, and outdoor rug are fabulous! Here is a photo of one of the cushions:
My chairs are dark green and a bit rusty and chipping, so I bought some creme-colored spray paint to redo the chairs. I think they will look really good with the pretty, neutral creme chairs and bright, colorful cushions on them. Here is the before and after for the chairs I already have. Now I have only done one coat, so the after photo of the chair isn't really done. But I was so excited already that I had to share!
So the deck was probably $100 - $150 to stain. The chairs I already have, but you could also get some imperfect chairs cheap at a garage sale or flea market. Then the spray paint to spruce up the chairs was $3 a bottle, and one chair takes a bottle and I think I will need an extra bottle per two chairs to touch them up with seconds of paint. I will also coat them in spray clear rustoleum to protect them, which is also around $3 a bottle, but I will need less of it since it is clear. So my task this week is finishing the deck chairs and also staining a wooden lattice I bought for the garden ($20), which I will stain with leftover deck sealer to protect it and make it match! I'll put up the finished photos and show you my tasks for next week soon.
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