October 23, 2014

Outdoor Space Spruce

Happy Day 41
We decided we needed to give a little attention this summer to our backyard, which consists of a wooden deck and a brick patio surrounded by a privacy fence. The deck wood was starting to get really dried out and we hated the color of the fence as it didn't really seem to match anything else about the exterior of our house. First step was power washing away all the moss from all the surfaces. Pretty satisfying to watch them magically change color as they were hit with the spray, but it was also extremely time consuming and a little back breaking. In fact, the power washing took many more hours than anything else we did. After it was clean, we brushed a coat of water sealer onto the deck. I kind of wish we'd used a brightener on the wood before the sealer to even out the color and get rid of some stains, but oh well, live and learn, it still looks much better! We had the whole project priced out and it was over $1000 to have it done, so the whole time we were working on it, we kept patting ourselves on the back for being frugal DIYers.

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