This is our deck after we finished spraying solid stain recently. It took just over an hour, and hubby Steve and I couldn’t be more pleased with the result. Here, Steve is hand – painting the posts on the pergola, which will need to be finished another weekend, after the deck dries.
I designed our party deck over 15 years ago, with lounging, entertaining family and neighborhood friends in mind. Since we live in a 1970s home, the idea was for it to spill out onto the lawn under the huge, ivy-covered poplar trees. Steve is a contractor, and he and a couple of our wonderful guy friends (a case or so of beer was involved) built it to last a lifetime, since we plan to stay here forever. It’s the perfect home for us.
First, of course, we pressure-washed it and let it dry a few days. Then everything had to come off into the yard, and Steve blew leaves and debris off one more time. (Clearly I have a thing for concrete stuff that weighs a ton.)
Every year we have pressure-washed the deck, and about every two or tree years we have stained it with a brush and roller. But, somehow time got away from us, and it had been about five years since we stained. Yes, shame on us. There were a couple of boards that needed to be replaced before we could jump in and paint.
We all know just how expensive it is to build a beautiful deck, and we all know that we need to take the time to protect our investment. So, even though the heat was in the 90s, and the humidity was brutal, we made ourselves just get it done.
The good news is that, through the wonderfully talented stylist Matthew Mead, I was able to connect with the folks at Wagner Spray Tech, who recommended using this Flexio 890, which is great also for spraying furniture and cabinets.
Perfect, since I have sprayed at least a million zillion cabinet projects, when I was in the faux finishing biz.
Here you can see we are ready to plug the sprayer in, load up the container, and get going. Look how bad the boards were looking prior to our project!
I began with the small, detail container at the back of the deck. Steve covered the flowers (and later the brick of the house) with a piece of insulation while I sprayed.
Immediately I learned that the large container was the way to go. Fewer refills, and faster.
Once I got the hang of the adjustments for our brand of stain, I traded off with Steve for awhile. OK, I will admit, the sun showed up, it got blazing hot and there was no breeze. At all. So he needed a turn, right?
After only an hour or so, we were done! The only thing left to do on another weekend, as I mentioned, is top of the pergola where the akebia vine grows. Last fall Steve trimmed it heavily, knowing it was time to stain.
According to the directions on the gallon of stain, we needed to wait until late the next day to put everything back in place on the now-gorgeous deck. And look who showed up right at lunch time to check it all out! She hung out, ate some hosta and apparently tasty bird feed, kept a close eye on her baby nearby, and disappeared back into the wilds of our back yard.
Now all of the essential elements are back in place, and quite a few pieces did not return.
The pond, off to the left behind the pergola, is stocked with plants and fish…
…and the chaise lounge is plumped and ready for shady book reading and naps.
The tiny flying pig and his momma are happily back in their favorite shady corner.
And now we are waiting for a very special guest to arrive sometime in September to bring his special flair to this special spot.
You’ll never guess who is coming here. To our house. Eeekkkk! Yes, the one and only Matthew Mead! And yes, spraying magic is in our future.
Matthew is the guru behind so many magazines and projects, including this fabulous Summer Issue of FINISH digital magazine covering so many projects using Wagner sprayers:
Stay tuned and hope you are having a wonderful, project-filled summer!