Today, we continue on our quest to find the best ways to completely ignore the “manufacturers recommended use” section on your average paint can. We’ve already shown how to use interior paint on outdoor walls, and how the great combination of automotive primer and everyday spray cans can be used to refinish kitchen cabinets.
Turn this UGLY deck:
Into this PRETTY deck:
Now look, I’ve said before this isn’t rocket science, so don’t be mad when I tell you the secret process. Kay? First, take a close look at the wood before, but don’t go being all judgmental, you have to understand the sun here. If we don’t water our plants for two days…they burst into flames. So, after a few seasons and a Category 4 Hurricane or two, the wood starts to look like this:
Old, rough, faded, rusty in places, and a little broken. (this is not the title to my auto-biography!) Most people would say it was worn out. Time to replace it. But what kind of Remodeling Guy would I be if I thought that way? There must be something we can do.
The Big Let Down
The process was so simple we didn’t even take pictures. I replaced the broken board with a new one while Kim very lightly painted over the deck using a foam brush and interior Ralph Lauren Paint in a Aegean Blue.
The trick was just to use a very light touch with the brush so as not to get the paint into all the worn crevices and the wood. The result is a worn look that will look even better as it weathers over time.
The color worked out perfectly with the yellow wall and the white shutters!
So, there you have it. Not much of a secret, but a great finish nonetheless. The pressure treated lumber has many years of stubborn resistance to the relentless sun left in it, so we’ll be happy while the deck is blue.
Have a great week!