Thursday, September 24, 2009

It Was Supposed To Be Catch-Up-On-Laundry Day...


When I woke up yesterday morning, I had already psyched myself up for a day of laundry. Yes, it takes psyching up for me. Laundry is easily my most despised chore. We were so wrapped up in preparations for the wedding, and then spending the weekend in Woodinville, that the amount of laundry I have as a result is...let's just say, I'll be lucky if it only takes me one day to do it all!

Anyway, I was ready for it.

Until my husband woke up.

We went out on the deck to look at the beautiful sunrise...


No harm in that, right?

The next thing I knew, he was saying "let's paint the deck today" and we were suddenly clearing everything off of it!

I'm sure by now that if you've been following our blog for any length of time, you know that we're a bit impulsive when it comes to projects for our home.

This project being no exception!

But we have good reason for doing this project without notice...

the weather has been perfect!

Slip-N-Slide kind of perfect...


So we had to take advantage of it!

So are you wondering "why bother? Fall is here. The rain is coming. No need for your deck"

I know. It doesn't make much sense does it? The nights are already really cold up here in the Pacific Northwest, the days are getting shorter and shorter, and the rain is sure to set in soon...

But around our house, when Fall arrives, it signals a party.

October is when we host our annual

Chowder Cook-Off!

This will be our third year in a row and we invite a whole lot of people: family, friends, co-workers, neighbors...

It's a fun competition and always super yummy!

With all those people here and tons of hot chowders filling the kitchen, it gets pretty hot in the house, so we want to open up the French Doors from the family room onto the deck and use it as overflow and a place to get some fresh air.

So, it's the perfect time for the deck to get a makeover!

As you can see, it was in pretty bad shape...

The floor boards are so worn that the stain has been almost completely worn off.

And if you look closely at this next picture you can see drips running down the side...

Nice, right?

*sheesh*

The previous owners just slapped on the stain and called it good because the sides of the deck were hidden by huge rhododendrons.

I used Kilz a while back to go over the brown stain drips and it worked for a while, but we just removed a weeping tree that had sat right there in front of the deck and now you can clearly see how bad the original paint and stain job were.

(Don't worry...we follow the "remove a tree, plant a tree" rule, so we're planting the new apple tree you see up there in the photo. It will be much better for the space and provide much needed shade, which this yard is sorely lacking.)


Will was able to patch some boards that were rotting away by using deck boards from a neighbor down the street who is rebuilding their deck. They had a huge pile sitting in their driveway and they were cool with Will taking some, since the boards were of no use to them anymore.

Score!



And then we began painting...


and painting...


and painting...


and painting...


and painting...


All. Day. Long.



And then...


we did something that I've been wanting to do for a long time now and that will be the perfect addition for the Cook-Off.

here is a little peek, since it's not quite completed yet...


It's so pretty!


We have more painting to do today - a good second coat on the floor boards and finish work on the rails and stairs.


Which means, laundry is getting put off once again.


Oh well, I'd rather paint anyway!


I'll be sure to show you how it all turns out!






P.S. Don't forget! It's DIY Day over at A Soft Place To Land! Be sure to link up if you've got a DIY project to share!

11 comments:

Delightful Dwelling said...

I'm sure it will look wonderful when you are done. Painting the deck is one of my least favorite things especially painting that lattice stuff on the bottom. It takes foooorever.

Isabella & Max Rooms said...

I am SOOOOOOOO glad I no longer have to deck to maintain! I'll just enjoy looking at yours...
Janell

{ L } said...

Everyday is "catch up with laundry day" at my house. ;) Looks like you had a fun time outside {but lots of work!!}. Can't wait to see it. I am so enjoying your blog!

Your cool friend Cheryl said...

We just built a new deck, too--we don't care that it's almost October, either!

Michelle@Fromhousetohome said...

I'm sure it looks fabulous, can't wait to see it!
~Michelle

Oonafey said...

You can paint my house, I'll do your laundry!!

Dresser Girl said...

I love it!!!

Elizabeth said...

I would say that is definitely more productive than laundry.. can't wait to see more pictures.

TRICIA @boutellefamilyzoo said...

Hi Karla.
How exciting! I can't wait to see the end product. It looks magical!

XO*Tricia

paula said...

A cook off... so fun. love the lights, so pretty.

Danielle said...

I hear ya about the laundry. I hate it so much, that I made a deal with my husband - he does the laundry for all 5 of us, and I do everything else. I am very happy with this arrangement!
By the way, love your blog. I am just starting out...