We are always excited to see the finished version of every project that we start. I mean, that makes sense, right? We’re taking something old and run down and making it shiny and new again – of course we look forward to the finished product.
Until now and the damn deck. I just want this project done.
We want to use our new outdoor space for parties, cookouts, eating under the stars, and general summer fun-ness before the warm weather leaves us. And this deck is taking just too darn long, ugh!
Additionally, when we bought the house we knew we were going to rip off the lower deck area and replace it with a patio, which we did. We also knew we were going to build a cohesive fence around the yard, which we did. But we were never quite sure what to do about the existing upper deck – and uncertainty is never a good sign. The peeling paint was of concern, but overall the deck seemed stable enough to use. The railings were unattractive, but fixable. We were stuck in the middle of ripping the entire thing out and re-doing it (my vote) or patching what we had and living with it for a while (Ian’s vote).
We both kind of won.
In the end, we decided to totally remove the railings and build new ones – hopefully extending the life of the overall deck. We also decided to keep the remaining physical structure and only replace a few worn-down boards. Although ‘keeping existing’ usually sounds efficient, this is most definitely the long (albeit, the much cheaper) way to do it. So for the last week we’ve been restoring the old wood boards of the deck. And since restore really means scrape-till-your-arms-fall-off – that, technically, is what we’ve been up to for 8 days now.
Last year for the 4th of July we stayed in, it was our first long weekend with the house and we were excited to get things done! I spent the holiday “restoring” the hardwood floor in our one-day nursery. This year, however, I was determined to have fun for the holiday, so I did all of the “restoring” (ahem, scraping) in the evenings leading up to the long weekened so that I could enjoy myself on the 4th.
I can’t believe it took me a year to learn that!
Anyway – we should have a mostly-old, but kind-of-new deck by the end of the holiday and I am crossing my fingers that it turns out well. No matter though, I’m sure we’ll enjoy some Sunday Funday cocktails on the new deck furniture and we’ll be toasting the fact that we learned to scrape before the festivities begin!