Back Patio Makeover

September 29, 2017

I’ve mentioned before how one of the main reasons we bought this home was because of the big backyard. There is a two-tiered patio that overlooks the yard, and while we loved the setup, the boards were starting to warp and snap in some places from age. We knew we needed to replace them, so this became one of Gabe’s first big projects to tackle this summer. So today we are sharing the before and after deck remodel from replacing boards all the way to the styled seating finish.




Rebuild Process
We started by removing all of the top boards of the railings, and washing the wood we would keep with Thompson’s WaterSeal 3 in 1 Wood Cleaner. This did a fantastic job of cleaning and restoring the wood to its original color, providing the perfect clean base for us to apply wood stain later on.

The floorboards have never been treated, so after 15 years of rain and the Georgia summer sun, they were in rough shape. We worried about sagging boards and splinters in little feet, so we opted to replace nearly all of the floorboards. This time, we plan on protecting our deck with an all-in-one stain & sealer that provides long-lasting protection from water and sun damage so that with a little maintenance, we won’t have to replace the deck boards again!

Thankfully, our deck is tall enough that Gabe could walk underneath and pop the old boards up with a sledgehammer. This method was much easier than prying each board up from above. We replaced the floorboards with 1×6 pressure treated pine, and replaced the top of each step with 2×6 pressure treated pine.

We love our pergola, so since some of those boards were splitting as well, we decided to start over from the top and build it out 7 feet longer for more shade. We built a standard frame pergola and came up with a slanted board design for the top. More on that soon!


Staining process

After the re-build process was finished, we stained the entire deck with
Thompson’s WaterSeal Signature Series Transparent Stain & Sealer in Autumn Brown. It’s formulated to add just the right amount of beautiful color and enhance the wood grain, all while protecting the surface from water and sun damage for years to come. The product can be applied with a compression driven sprayer, paintbrush, paint pad, or roller. We chose to start by applying the stain to the spindles, railings and pergola with a brush.

Tip: When using a brush to apply the stain, move in long, smooth strokes that follow the grain of the wood, and be sure to work the stain into any cracks or crevices that may be present. Never reverse direction of the brush while the bristles are in contact with the wood as this will spray stain in all directions, and it may cause an uneven coat. Instead, always gently lift the brush as you finish your brush stroke. Remember that long, smooth brush strokes are the key to an easy, even finish.

Next, we swept the deck to remove all debris, and applied the stain to the floorboards using a deck stain pad attached to a painter’s pole. Simply fill a roller pan or paint pan with stain, dip your pad in, and run it along the length of the deck board. Some pads even have a built-in groove tool that allows you to stain between boards as you stain the top. Just like when using the brush, a long smooth motion will help ensure that the stain is applied evenly. Thompson’s WaterSeal Signature Series Transparent Stain & Sealer was so easy to work with—it only required one coat and was quick and easy to clean up. We love the rich Autumn Brown color and the way it enhanced the wood grain.

One of the best features of this stain is that it protects your deck from sun and water damage. We have noticed in the mornings when the dew covers the deck, the water beads up and doesn’t penetrate the wood, which is so cool! After putting so much work into replacing the boards, we are relieved that this stain will keep it protected for years to come!







We are also hoping to slowly grow foliage over the top of the pergola, and cannot wait to see what it looks like a year from now. We are really looking forward to spending more time here this fall, which is one of Atlanta’s best weather periods of the year!


*Thank you Thompson’s WaterSeal for sponsoring this post. All opinions are our own.


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