DIY Floating deck for the backyard

A DIY Floating Deck with a Moroccan feel right in the backyard!

The last and final phase before the big reveal. Man this project has been one to tackle by myself but I haven’t given up! In this post, I’m going to be covering both how I painted the deck and how I laid down the decking boards. Enjoy!

This post is sponsored by the Home Depot. 

If you missed Phase 1 or Phase 2 of this project be sure to check it out! 

and just for fun here's a quick look of what my backyard looked like before building the deck.

Diy FLoating Deck

Painting the Deck

Materials Used

  • Solid Color Behr Waterproofing Stain and Sealer - Slate
  • Graco Magnum X5
  • Paint Brush
  • Painters Tape
  • Paint Strainer
  • 2 Buckets 
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    This was one of the more enjoyable parts of the projects. Mainly because I got to try out the Magnum X5 sprayer that Graco sent over! This baby is a beast.

    Painting a DIy floating deck with the Graco X5 Magnum

    I used Behr Premium Solid Color Waterproofing Stain and Sealer in the color Slate to paint. I went back and forth one what color to use. I knew I wanted black but I was nervous of how it would turn out but I’m glad I went with my gut because I absolutely love it!

    Behr Waterproofing Stain and Sealer Slate I painted two light coats over the deck and used two gallons, it provided excellent coverage and cut my paint time in half. I would recommend this sprayer for any big paint projects. I usually don’t like using sprayers because of the cleanup but I was able to get this thing cleaned in 5 minutes and it didn’t take too much effort so A+ from me.

    DIY floating deck for the backyard

     The only issues I had was keeping prime, which I realized was happening because I didn’t have enough paint in the bucket. So word of advice; make sure you have a good amount of paint to where the hose is fully immersed and you should have no problems.

    Check out the video below to see how I used the Graco X5 to paint my deck!

    Laying Down the Decking Boards

    Materials Used

    Tools Used

    Originally I had planned on using Douglas fir for the top decking boards but after talking to a buddy he convinced me to go with composite decking and I’m soooooooo glad I listened. I ended up going with the UltraShield Composite Decking in Roman Antique.

    I knew it would look nice but when I actually saw the boards in person I knew I had made the right choice. It did take a while for them to come in so I would suggest ordering them way ahead of time if you plan on tackling a project like this but the boards were WELL worth the wait!

    NewTechWood Composite Decking Installation with T clips

    The process of putting the boards down were really simple. I used the T clips to install the boards. They come with screws and each box covers about 50 sq. ft. My deck is 16' x 21' and I used a little more than 6 boxes.

    You place one board down and screw down the T clips  halfway down into each joist and then slide the next board under the T clip and screw the clip all the way down. That’s it! Easy peezy…just a little time consuming!

    My only advice would be to screw slowly to make sure you don’t mess up the screw. Other than that…its really simple…literally anyone can do it!

    I finished it up in about 6 hours…this included carrying the boards to the back; with two people it would have gone way faster!

    DIY Floating Deck for the Backyard using Composite Decking

    Once the boards were installed, the deck was finished! and I'm so excited to share the reveal with you guys! But for now here's the little sneak peak!

    DIY Floating Deck for the backyard

    Check out the final reveal here!

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