November 28, 2017
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!
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and just for fun here's a quick look of what my backyard looked like before building the deck.
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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.
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!
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.
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.
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!
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!
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!
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