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DIY Deck Staining

Thursday, April 23, 2015

Upon accepting the Home Depot Patio Style Challenge, we knew staining the deck was first on our list. When we thought about the process of staining our own deck, we became a bit overwhelmed, as it seemed like a lot of work. Way to much work for two working full time people...with a toddler.

However, after we examined it more, we realized that there really wasn't that much work to do, since one of the hardest parts is removing past stain and ours had never been stained before!

It had already been pressure washed so what we figured it needed was a good sanding.

Using the Ryobi Belt Sander, we sanded the deck to rough up the surface.

After sanding and sweeping away the dust, we began staining the deck in the direction of the wood grain. We stained using a roller brush and long attachment. For the rails, we just used a short handle paint brush.

 After we applied several coats of stain, allowing it to dry for an hour in between, we let it sit and cure for several days before placing any furniture on it. For the stain to properly cure, I would suggest several days of temperatures above 60 degrees and definitely no rain!

Here is what the deck looked like when we finished:)

I took lots of pictures, but some were washed out because it was so sunny. So this one shows  the color the best.

We stained using Thompson's Water Seal in Solid Acorn Brown, which worked very well. To see how the deck looks after the Patio Style Challenge reveal, click here.

Thanks so much for stopping by.

Until next time!

Home Depot Patio Style Challenge 2015 Reveal

Monday, April 20, 2015

You may remember earlier this year when I listed out some goals that I had for 2015. Well working with brands that aligned with the mission behind this blog was definitely on the list. And would you know it, not even a week after publishing that post, I was contacted by Home Depot to participate in their 2015 Patio Style Challenge!! What?? Me?? I don't have a million followers and don't consider myself a pro. My husband said I was crazy for questioning myself so of course I was totally all in.

Fast forward a month or so after I agreed to participate, I was sent the Hampton Bay Pembrey 7-piece Patio Dining Set. This set is beautiful, yall. I must admit that I was stumped as to my design approach because I never thought about designing an outdoor space, and definitely never considered a dining set. Mainly, I was stumped because if you remember, this was the space I had to work with.

I put together a mock designed space based on the elements I felt was important.

A few posts back, I talked to you guys about the elements I wanted to incorporate. Any who, without further ado, here is our new patio space.

I hope you guys enjoyed taking a look at the space. Now, if it will stop raining in Atlanta,  I can actually enjoy it. You can check out my post and tutorials on the cooler and succulent shelf on the Home Depot Apron Blog. Check it out here! I will be back soon to show you how we went about staining our deck on our own.

Until next time!

AJC Home Feature

Tuesday, March 31, 2015

Back in January of this year, my family and home had the opportunity to be featured in the Atlanta Journal-Constitution , which is the only major daily newspaper in the metropolitan area of Atlanta, Georgia. We were featured in the home section, with a four-page spread! If you follow me on Instagram, I shared tidbits of the shoot on there.  As you can imagine, it was a great opportunity, and so sorry I took so long to share! Check it out below:)


 Clearer and more detailed images can be found here.

Thanks so much for stopping by!

Until next time.

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