Getting my deck done was a big summer surprise. My old deck now looks brand new! Every year I had hoped to be able to afford to do it, but we were never able to. Spring came again this year and, still, the budget just didn’t have enough money in it to clean and stain the deck.
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Now, this may sound like it is off-topic but stay with me. Prior to receiving this blessing, I had been talking to the Lord saying “Lord, I feel like I need something specific to look at to keep my faith alive while I wait for all the other things to happen.”
You see, there are some serious prayers I have prayed, but the answers have been taking a while – a long while- to come.
I said ” Lord, I do believe that everything You promised me will happen just as You said but these miracles are taking so long to come to pass. What can I look at to keep my faith alive?” I immediately heard Him reply “Well, you have your deck.” And there it was. My beautiful newly-stained deck that I could never have had done myself was what I could look at. I had received one big, unexpected answer to prayer and the other answers are on the way.
Now, getting back to the deck : As you can see in the before and after picture above, the raw deck got very dirty. It was 7 years old and had never been power-washed or treated. It needed help.
We selected a medium gray stain for the main deck and white for the railings. The black rods on the sides look so nice with the white and gray combination. We added new solar lights on the posts, too. They sparkle in the night. It looks like stars. It looks so pretty.
The process they used in finishing the deck for me was very simple.
Steps For Staining An Old Deck To Look Brand New
1.Blow the debris off the deck using a leaf blower. [Leaves and seeds from the trees had collected on it.]
2.Power-wash the deck thoroughly and allow it to dry for a day or two.
3.Stain it using rollers and paint brushes. The stain almost looks like paint but it is not. It is formulated for decks.
4.Let it dry between coats.
5.Place the solar deck lights on each of the posts — you are done!
I took this pretty picture of the deck in the midst of a rain shower.