Weekend Deck Makeover Part 2

We’re sharing Part 2 of our new deck design to inspire you to create a beautiful outdoor space for both relaxing and entertaining in just one weekend. By the way, we started this deck remodel a while back so if you didn’t catch the first part of this makeover, check out Part 1 here.

And here’s the before picture:

before deck

And here’s the final result:

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In Part 1, we extended the deck by about 6 feet and added new steps and gates. Soon after we took on another flip home and also became parents, so the rest of the deck remodel took a backseat for a while! But now we spend so much time on the deck with our little one, so we made time to give it quick refresh over the weekend.

The next steps of this deck makeover were to: 1. Clean and pressure wash the deck wood, 2. Stain the deck and repaint the house trim and 3. Redecorate with some new pieces.

Friday: Cleaning

Since we used a combination of the existing old wood and new wood pieces to build the new deck, it was important to clean and pressure wash all of the wood so that it would look the same.

pressure washing deck

We used this Outdoor Cleaner solution with the Karcher Pressure Washer for the job, which very nicely took off years of dirt and weathering from the older deck boards. It did take some time to carefully clean the balusters and the lattace so we took turns doing it. We also cleaned and stained our 2-tier plant stand that we made a while back. Since the wood was soaked, we waited until the deck was completely dry to begin staining.

clean deck

Saturday: Stain and Paint

Once the deck was fully dry the next day, we started staining the deck with a 5 gallon exterior Behr stain in the Cedar shade. We used a roller with an attachable extender handle for the larger areas and a brush for the smaller areas.

stain and paint deck

The instructions on the stain said that the wood would be rain ready in a about 4 hours and luckily it held up to that estimate since it rained that same day a few hours after we finished! You can tell it worked well by the way the rain beaded on the boards.

deck stain in rain

Sunday: Decorate

Earlier in the week, we looked for new pieces to add to complete the deck makeover. We weren’t particularly looking for outdoor furniture but once we found this set on Wayfair, we decided to go for it.

reno deck with furniture

As for the accessories, we went to Amazon which had a set of outdoor pillows and colorful pillow covers that were exactly what we were looking for. Then we decided to grab a rug to complement the other pieces.


We have SO many plants and trees already so adding the greenery was very easy. In fact, we decided to leave some in the garden and around the house so we don’t clutter the space. I think eventually we will find more flowers with colorful blooms to bring some accent color to the deck space.

And here is the end result!

finished deck furniture

after picture of renovated deck

We are very satisifed and have been outside on the deck even more than we already are. If you decide to revamp your patio or deck, share it with us by tagging us on Instagram, TikTok or Pinterest @hammerandhandsaw and may your weekends be filled with inspiration!

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