Along with my kiddos’ birthday celebrations this weekend (my girl is 3 today and my boy turned 5 last week!), I managed to spend some time prepping the deck for summer.
This is the earliest start to a Seattle summer that I can recall – it was over 90 degrees this weekend, which is a rarity for Seattle and certainly rare for Seattle in June. So I probably should have prepped our deck sooner, but this is the weekend I got to it. Every year there are a few things I do at the beginning of summer so I can just enjoy the rest of the season without worrying about basic maintenance or stores running out of the stuff I need. First up, I do a fresh coat of paint on the top of my deck rails because they get a little faded and dull every year and also have a couple of spots that want to peel.
We have a west facing deck, which is amazing for the sunsets (if you follow me on Instagram you already know this) but not so amazing for the weather that attacks our deck year round. Also not amazing is when I go outside to do some frantic spray painting in the winter holding out my to-be-spray-painted object over the deck rails, which inevitably leaves tiny spots of spray paint all over.
So one quick coat of rolled-on paint and the rails are so much better. Here you can see the unpainted (left) and painted (right).
The rails go from chalky-brown to chocolatey-espresso. Then after pressure washing the deck (we have a weird combo of Trex and fiberglass decking on this deck, so no need to refinish or paint), we pull out our deck furniture which consists of dining table furniture and a sectional with a million cushions. All very drab on their own.
I really like to freshen up the deck and furniture by bringing in new pillows for the casual seating area and a tablecloth for our table. This year we also got a new umbrella in teal (to replace the really industrial-looking green one we had).
You may have noticed by those pics that I also think decks are well prepped when they also have flowers and a few cocktails hanging around.
So there you have it, our deck all prepped for the summer. Well, not quite all prepped – I am working on creating a solution for some outdoor string lighting, and am excited to share that next. Anyone else do yearly deck prep and maintenance so you can enjoy the deck for the rest of the summer? Or pretty much buy out World Market’s selection of outdoor pillows like I did? I sure am enjoying typing this post outside on the deck…
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