Wooden Deck Maintenance, Before and After
Wooden Deck Maintenance, Before and After
Y’all know how I love a good before and after makeover, right? From hairstyles to home improvements, I think everyone enjoys seeing big transformations. Today I bring you evidence of our wooden deck maintenance, before and after, because I’m in love with how it turned out. I’m also in love with the man who did the work! (Coach, of course)
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Old Decks Need Love, Too
The front deck here at Big Creek is 30 years old. It deserved a pressure clean, and a good before and after makeover! It’s a pretty spacious deck, stretching the entire depth of the house. It’s the perfect place to sit and take in the beautiful view of the creek, surrounding hills and crop lands. My family has made many wonderful memories on this old deck.
Like the time Madre turned 50 (which means I was 20) and Auntie Anne brought a case of champagne. The party was held on the front deck; I swiped a whole bottle of bubbly and Jimmie and I consumed it together on the back deck. That’s when I learned how champagne sneaks up on you! I was fine sitting down, but once I stood up…whoa, Nelly! Once I finally found my way back to the front deck, the 50 & up crowd was far enough into the case that they didn’t notice my mishap…crisis averted!
I’m not sure why that was the first memory to surface, but anyway….I digress.
Coach has given the deck-full-of-memories a whole lot of TLC in the past week. The wooden deck maintenance was definitely worth it, and our deck is now our new pride and joy!
The Beautiful After Shots
This old wood looked amazing after the deck pressure wash, even before Coach added the deck water sealer. He is quite experienced with this type of work, and he knows the best deck cleaners to use to really make it shine. His recommendations, but not mixed together, are:
- Mean Green Cleaner and Degreaser (<—click to buy) This product is best for a deck that has gotten slimy and covered in sludge. It breaks all of that loose so you can pressure clean it to perfection!
- Clorox Pro Results Outdoor Cleaner (<—click to buy) The Clorox option is best for decks that are just plain dirty, like the dirt has been ground in for years.
Sometimes the best wooden deck cleaner is just good ol’ water! It really depends on the deck and what conditions it’s been sitting under. There are all kinds of outdoor cleaning supplies out there, but these are our recommendations for your wooden deck maintenance.
Deck water sealer
Coach loves to pressure clean things. Vinyl siding, patios, decks…if it’s pressure-washable, he’ll usually do it. He confessed to me that he had been wanting to do some wooden deck maintenance since we were dating, back in the late ’90’s. We both wondered if it was too far gone, if maybe it was too old and weak to withstand pressure washing. It wasn’t. I am absolutely infatuated with this deck now!
What sealed the deal? The coat of deck water sealer he applied after the pressure clean! We used the tried and true Thompsons Water Sealer and the results are absolutely amazing!
It’s amazing what a good-looking husband, a pressure washer and a great deck water sealer can do! This deck pressure wash and seal job is probably my favorite Big Creek makeover to date.
Which is your favorite Big Creek makeover? I’ll leave a few links here so you can decide.
Outdoor Spring Cleaning Checklist (the biggest transformation is at the very end)
Is there another post with a dramatic transformation that you can remember? I’d love to hear your thoughts on your favorite projects we’ve completed since moving here. Every little improvement brings us closer to our goal! Maybe someday we’ll figure out what our end goal actually is. Will we ever be finished?
Speaking of which, the long-promised floor transformation really is coming soon. Our guy has already been out and paid a visit, and hopes to start working in the next week. Keep your fingers crossed with me, won’t you?
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June 22, 2016 @ 8:57 pm
Oh, that party! I remember the giant panties three of us wore -with flushed champagne cheeks!
I think the deck is my fave. Gives me hope for my own deck.
June 23, 2016 @ 9:41 am
That was an epic party…
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June 23, 2016 @ 10:55 am
Wow! What a fantastic before and after 🙂 We’re going to be sealing our deck this fall and, admittedly, I’m not looking forward to it because decks are quite a bit of work! But always SO worth, amazing!
June 23, 2016 @ 11:05 am
Thank you! I agree with how much work it is, but I admit I didn’t do any of it. Lol! So glad you came by!
June 23, 2016 @ 12:08 pm
Your deck looks amazing! Hope you have a great summer 🙂
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June 23, 2016 @ 6:55 pm
Thanks so much! So far, so great! 🙂
June 23, 2016 @ 9:55 pm
Wow! Such an amazing transformation!! Coach did such a wonderful job, as he always done. I am so proud for you and your family that y’all get to have this adventure together and that you share it with the world. What wonderful lessons you are teaching the girls with this endeavor. Can’t wait to see what y’all do next. Keep up the amazing work and keep us posted with your great updates.
June 23, 2016 @ 10:03 pm
Thank you Kristie! Once again I let Coach do the work and I told the story. 😉 We make a great team!
June 26, 2016 @ 2:08 am
That is quite the difference and your deck looks awesome! I wish I had a deck, I love decks and your backyard view is stunning! Enjoy your summer and I’m happy you shared this at Sweet Inspiration!
June 26, 2016 @ 8:33 am
Thank you so much! It’s definitely our favorite hangout lately. 🙂
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June 28, 2016 @ 3:10 pm
Martie what a transformation! The deck looks awesome! And your view is nothing to cry about either. If only I could come over and we can have some bubbly together. 😉
June 28, 2016 @ 7:34 pm
I would even get the good stuff for that! ? Thank you Mary!!
July 9, 2016 @ 1:23 pm
It looks fabulous! Hard work but it’s worth it! I hope you all enjoy sitting out there! 🙂
July 11, 2016 @ 6:01 am
Thanks, it’s really an eye-catching improvement. We’ve done a lot more sitting out there since the cleaning!