Back to Top

How to Update a Deck with Paint

painted deck

I was going to call this post "Decks are Ew" but decided that maybe not all of you have watched this Jimmy Fallon episode. You can watch it right here if you need a good laugh today!

Our deck was certainly 'Ew' before we gave it a much needed makeover!

Let's just say that staining it wasn't an option...time and weather had done their dirty work and our deck was gross! It was dirty, with cracks, splinters, gouges and wonky wood, including loose boards and one board that had rotted. Ew!

Our gross deck was cleaned and updated with paint. You'll find the tutorial at diy beautify!

In an effort to get a few more years out of it, we opted to paint it. Okay, I need to back up the bus first and say that this deck update started off as a deck cleaning...but as is the way with most things, it became a much bigger project.

Mr DIY spent the better part of a day scrubbing the deck, replacing a rotten board (Ew!) and then filling all the screw holes prior to painting. Oh yeah, and removing the outdated lattice because that was really Ew!

Our gross deck was cleaned and updated with paint. You'll find the tutorial at diy beautify!

He went through a lot of Elmer's Wood Filler!

Our gross deck was cleaned and updated with paint. You'll find the tutorial at diy beautify!

Once all the prep was done, the deck looked like it had the measles! But at least it was clean and ready for paint.

Our gross deck was cleaned and updated with paint. You'll find the tutorial at diy beautify!

And yes, it was July when we started on this project. Between bouts of rain and other factors, this project took us awhile to complete!

We used a product that Home Depot carries, called DeckOver. Here is the total list of supplies we used. Affiliate links are included for your convenience; my full disclosure policy is available here.

Supplies Used

* You will notice that I did not include the Behr Weather Proofing Stain pictured below in the list...there's a reason for that, and I'll be sharing that in a little bit.

Our gross deck was cleaned and updated with paint. You'll find the tutorial at diy beautify!

I'm not going to lie...painting a deck is a big undertaking! The prep work takes almost as long as the actual painting. Clean, let it dry. Fill holes, let it dry. Sand, sweep clean. Remove hinges, etc. Then, because our deck is not covered, we were subject to weather conditions, and August was a really wet month in TN this year! It was stop and start throughout the project.


We chose to paint the deck rails white and to do those first. When we bought the DeckOver, there wasn't a white available. The associate working at Home Depot recommended the Weather Proofing product, which comes in white. So we bought it. But it's a stain y'all.

Have you ever tried painting a vertical surface with stain? It's like trying to apply milk. It was splattering and dripping and not really covering that well. I'm sure it's amazing in the proper application, but this wasn't it. So we took it back to Home Depot and they kindly replaced it with something that could tackle the job properly, Behr Premium Plus Ultra Exterior Satin Enamel (thank you Randy for all your help!).

Our gross deck was cleaned and updated with paint. You'll find the tutorial at diy beautify!

Once I started using the exterior satin enamel, the job went much faster! Here is proof that I did much of the painting...armed and dangerous with my hair outta the way and my shirt inside out because that's how I like to paint! Hehe. At this point, I don't have it all over my knees and elbows yet...but that is coming, I promise you I was a mess when I was done!

Our gross deck was cleaned and updated with paint. You'll find the tutorial at diy beautify!

Once the rails were done and dry, we tackled the deck floor with the DeckOver. If you've never used it before, be prepared because it is thick like pudding! It needs to be well mixed. We used a drill paint mixer attachment to make the job easier.

I cut in around the edges of the deck while Mr DIY poured a small amount of paint out onto the deck and then rolled it. We needed to do two coats, but this was by far the easiest part of the whole job!

And I know that I know that I took pictures of this process, but I cannot find them. Ugh. Or should I say, 'Ew'!

The fabulous thing about the DeckOver is how it fills and levels. Cracks disappear and deep gouges are mostly filled in. It does a great job of refreshing a tired deck and saving wood that has seen better days!

Our gross deck was cleaned and updated with paint. You'll find the tutorial at diy beautify!

I think this progression says it all...

deck painted with DeckOver
Remember where we started? The deck was Ew!!

Our gross deck was cleaned and updated with paint. You'll find the tutorial at diy beautify!

And now it's not! The budget didn't allow for new deck furniture, but by covering the cushions with some quilts and throws, it adds a homey touch and looks so inviting.

updated deck

And the bright yellow mums add a gorgeous pop of color. Our deck is now fresh and clean.

painted deck

And we find ourselves wanting to be out there more!


It's far from perfect, but by updating our deck with paint, we've given it a few more good years.

painted and updated deck

The view from inside the kitchen makes me smile!

a lovely view

Have you ever painted or stained a deck? It's a lot of work (and I'm sure our neighbors wondered if ours would ever be done!). Please let me know if you have any questions about this painted deck project; I'd be happy to answer them!

Enjoy your weekend, whether you'll be trick-or-treating with kiddos or handing out candy at the door. Happy Halloween.


bringing beauty to the ordinary,


Follow me on PinterestFBG+TwitterInstagram

Subscribe button

Sharing with: The Pin JunkieTidbitsDesign Dining and DiapersTatertots and JelloModern PilgrimDesigner TrappedFrench Country CottageThe Wicker House

11 comments:

  1. Love your deck!! I have a covered front porch that needs help...how difficult is it to replace boards (the current boards remind me of indoor hardwood floors about 3"-4" wide with tongue and groove)? I know I'll have to wait until spring to do anything - too cold in Washington to work outside now. You and Mr. DIY really did a fabulous job on your deck - it does look so fresh and clean and now I want to spend time out there too!!

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Hey Farm Quilter, thanks for all your sweet comments! It wasn't difficult at all to replace the board. There are slight gaps between each board, they are not tongue and groove..so they simply pull up with a crowbar.

      Delete
  2. Hi Cindy, I just wanted to pop in and tell you what an amazing job you did on your deck. It is quite the transformation! Thank you so much for sharing at Create • Share • Inspire, we hope to see you back this week!

    Alicia

    P. S. I loved the Jimmy Fallon reference. :)

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Thank you Alicia, I was skeptical that the paint would make much of a difference and have the power to 'save' our deck! I'm so happy with the results!

      Delete
  3. We are halfway through the same project, and it is a lot of work. I really wanted a wood stained floor on the deck, but after all the work of removing old paint and cleaning it up, the wood just wasn't good enough, so we have to restore and paint. I love how you painted the railings a different color from the flooring. It makes it look more like a room. And your view from you kitchen window is beautiful.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Thank you Rebecca, and you're right, it is a lot of work. Ours was too far gone to stain as well, and the DeckOver was the best solution. Good luck with your project!

      Delete
  4. I'm curious how the paint has held up over the past year. I'm thinking of painting our deck and wanted to see how it was handling the elements!

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Thanks for your question, Ashton. It's held up great, even through our very wet winter. I do notice when it's wet it's a little bit slippery, but that's probably true of any painted surface. There has been absolutely no chipping, peeling or paint wearing away.

      Delete
  5. It looks great! I'm about to tackle a similar project and I'm torn between the Behr and the Rustoleum. Can you tell me how this is currently holding up? Any flaking or chipping?

    ReplyDelete
  6. Hello! I loved the outcome of your deck. Currently working on mine and wanted to know if you needed to seal it after with anything (weather proof seal)? Or it wasn't necessary because of the thickness of the deck over paint?

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Thank you Melissa! I would suggest some kind of sealer if your deck is uncovered. We did notice some peeling and bubbling in the summer.

      Delete

Your comments are like sunshine and chocolate! Thanks for taking the time to leave a nice one ;) I read all comments and love to respond if you leave your email! Otherwise, please look for my response under the post where you left it!

Copyright DIY beautify 2013. Powered by Blogger.

Privacy

I love when you share! Just remember that all images and text on this site are property of DIY beautify. You are welcome to use one or two photos as long as a link back to my original post is included. Please do not remove any watermarks, crop or edit any of my images without first obtaining written permission from me. All free printables on my site are for personal use only, and not to be used to make money. Pinning is always welcome and appreciated. Please respect the effort I've put into my blog and I will do the same for you...Thank You!