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How to Refinish and Paint an Old Wooden Porch and Deck

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I refinished and repainted the worn wooden porch and deck on my 100-year-old house.

The porch is now painted. You can see the bedroom door that I faux glass stained.

The porch is now painted. You can see the bedroom door that I faux glass stained.

About ten years after I moved into and restored my 100-year-old house, I decided to have a wooden deck and porch added to the back of the house. The back side of the house ended with steps going out and into the yard. This new porch was built to run alongside the length of the house. It would lead out onto the deck area. I designed the deck to have a bench with built-in storage to store flower pots and other miscellaneous items.

The length of the porch and deck is about 40 feet long. I like to have family barbeques, so I planned to have enough space for the grill, a large picnic table, and lots of seating.

My Pressure Cleaner

This is the pressure washer I use for all sorts of cleaning around my house.  I rent it out when I'm not using it!

This is the pressure washer I use for all sorts of cleaning around my house. I rent it out when I'm not using it!

The Decision on How to Preserve the Wood

After the porch and deck were built, there was a lot of discussion as to how the pressure-treated lumber we used should be preserved. One school of thought was to let the wood “age" and then use a liquid sealer. Another idea was to just stain the wood with a good oil based stain and then leave it alone. I wanted my deck to be painted so I could match the color with the trim on the house. BIG MISTAKE!

If I had to do it all over again, I would never have painted the wood. After a while, the paint wears off. Another big drawback: Because of the high humidity we have in South Florida, a lot of mildew forms. This meant that I frequently needed to pressure clean the porch and deck. I got so tired of hiring someone to do this that I purchased a pressure cleaner so that I could do it myself.

My pressure cleaner has paid for itself many times over. I even rent it out when I’m not using it! I not only use the pressure cleaner for the wooden porch and deck, but on the house and my driveway. It's important to note, however, that using a pressure cleaner requires great care; otherwise, you can do a lot of damage!

Supplies for Painting the Porch and Deck

How I Repainted the Wood

Once I made the decision to paint the wood, the only way to refinish it would be to completely strip the wood from all the paint and then treat it as new. That is one job I am not willing to tackle. So, when the porch and deck began to look bad, I only had one choice to make it look nice again: REPAINT IT!

  1. I pressure cleaned the area completely using my Husky Pressure Washer. Since I wanted to blast off as much old paint as possible, I used the highest pressure with the nozzle (not the sprayer nozzle).
  2. I used a wide paint scraper to scrape off the peeling paint. I also used a wire brush to knock off peeling paint.
  3. I sanded down those areas that had splinters with the belt sander.
  4. I used a good primer on the raw wood. I like Kilz brand as a primer.
  5. I used the very best Deck and Porch Enamel. I prefer Behr’s paints because I think it holds up better than other brands, even though it is more expensive.
  6. I used a four-inch brush to paint the deck to get down between the cracks. I could have used a roller, but I would have wasted a lot of paint. It took me longer to use a brush than if I had used a roller. You could use a paint sprayer if you prefer.
  7. I was able to use a roller for the porch because there are not as many cracks between the boards.

Alternative: Paint Sprayer

If you are proficient using a paint sprayer, you could use that instead of a paint brush or roller. I tried to learn how to use a paint sprayer once, and I just succeeded in spraying everything else except the object I wanted to paint!

Besides, I figure by the time I mask off the surrounding area I do not want painted, I can just as quickly use a paint brush or roller.

I Enjoy Painting Projects

One of my favorite “do it yourself” projects is to paint. That’s a good thing because living in an old house, there is always painting to be done. My windows and doors are all wood framed, and they require scraping and painting quite often to keep the wood from rotting. Painting is a project that when you finish the job, you can step back and admire your work and see instant gratification. I like that.

Project Took About a Week

Fortunately, the weather cooperated with me to do this project. I had to stop for a couple of days because of rain. All told, I spent a week (off and on) to complete my painting of the porch and deck, but now it looks great. It will look good for about two years if I’m lucky. By that time, I am hoping I’ll be able to afford to completely demolish the old porch and deck and rebuild.

If I have the new porch and deck built of pressure-treated lumber, I will NOT paint it. I am told there are products made now of plastic material that is maintenance free. This is a product that is made primarily from wood fibers and recycled plastic. The claim is that it won’t splinter, rot or warp. I’m sure this product is very expensive, but the initial investment would well worth it.

For the time being, I like the way my porch and deck look, don’t you?

The Steps Leading From the Deck

I still have to apply a coat of paint on these steps.

I still have to apply a coat of paint on these steps.

The Steps Have Been Primed With Kilz

The steps leading up to the porch have been primed with Kilz  and are  ready for painting.

The steps leading up to the porch have been primed with Kilz and are ready for painting.

The Deck Before Priming and Painting

The deck has been cleaned, scraped, and ready to be primed with Kilz.

The deck has been cleaned, scraped, and ready to be primed with Kilz.

I Used Behr's Deck and Porch Enamel

The deck is now painted with the deck and porch enamel.

The deck is now painted with the deck and porch enamel.

Bare New Wood on the Porch Is Primed

This was a new board added that will be primed and painted.

This was a new board added that will be primed and painted.

Porch Is Primed and Ready for Painting

The porch is primed and ready for painting.

The porch is primed and ready for painting.

Primed and Ready for Painting

The porch is primed and ready for painting.  You can see my dining room door that I faux-glass stained. Another project!

The porch is primed and ready for painting. You can see my dining room door that I faux-glass stained. Another project!

The Porch Is Painted

Note the bedroom glass door that I faux-glass stained.

Note the bedroom glass door that I faux-glass stained.

I Just Love to Paint!

I enjoy painting all around my house. I painted this fence: one half is for my grandchildren. I painted their favorite Florida animals. The other half is for me that shows my love for flowers.

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How to Choose Decking Materials

  • Types of Outdoor Decking Materials
    If you are dreaming of an outdoor deck to enjoy neighborhood barbeques and family gatherings, start by familiarizing yourself with the different types of decking materials available today.

If you want to strip and stain your deck rather than paint it as I did, this is an excellent video.

This article is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge. Content is for informational or entertainment purposes only and does not substitute for personal counsel or professional advice in business, financial, legal, or technical matters.

© 2012 Mary Hyatt

Comments

stella vadakin from 3460NW 50 St Bell, Fl32619 on September 29, 2015:

Hi Mary, Your porch looks good and so does the fence. You did a great job. I have the same pressure washer, and it is so much easier to move all over. We are working on the outside of our house. I like to paint, but have to be in the mood. Great hub, Stella

Mary Hyatt (author) from Florida on June 03, 2015:

Kodex Paint, Coming from a person who seems to be an expert in this field, I appreciate your reading and commenting on my Hub about painting an old wooden deck. Thank you, Mary

Kodex from 2/20 Bridge St, Pymble, NSW, 2073, Australia on June 03, 2015:

Really Useful!

Mary Hyatt (author) from Florida on August 28, 2014:

Hi, Lynn Your compliment was very nice, considering you apparently are in the business of refinishing old wooden decks! Thank you so much. This project was not hard to do; just time consuming. Thanks again, Mary

Mary Hyatt (author) from Florida on August 27, 2014:

Hi DealForALiving, Thanks so much for liking my wooden fence. I do enjoy painting just about everything! Good thing, cause I always have painting to do!

Mary Hyatt (author) from Florida on August 27, 2014:

Hi, Brite-Ideas Thanks for the nice compliment on my refinishing my old wooden deck!

I'm glad you liked the fence I painted, too.

You're lucky to have some big trees in your yard. They are so nice for shade.

Mary Hyatt (author) from Florida on August 27, 2014:

Hi, Pawpawwrites Thanks so much for reading about how I refinished my old wooden deck. It was hard work, but I was glad when I finished the job. Now it's good for another 10 years, I hope.

Sam Deal from Earth on August 27, 2014:

Such a talented painter! I was shocked at how lifelike the animals look.

Barbara Tremblay Cipak from Toronto, Canada on August 27, 2014:

Your deck looks terrific. Nice job, and instructions! Especially love your fence, I could easily go for that in our yard (if the huge trees weren't in the way of course) very pretty.

Jim from Kansas on August 27, 2014:

Great way to improve the looks of an old wooden porch.

Mary Hyatt (author) from Florida on August 27, 2014:

I kinda left out an important word: "if the wood is NOT properly prepared, etc.etc."

Mary Hyatt (author) from Florida on August 27, 2014:

Hi favored, you are so right: if the wood is properly prepared, the paint just will not hold up!!

I'm happy you like my painted fence; I had fun doing that project.

There is always new projects when you live in an old house!

Thanks for reading and commenting, Mary

Fay Favored from USA on August 27, 2014:

Glad you showed all the steps and pointed out the pressure washing step. I think so many forget this and wonder why their project doesn't turn out as expected. Nice job and I love the paintings on your fence. Gives me some good ideas.

Mary Hyatt (author) from Florida on April 12, 2014:

Good Morning, C.S. Thank you so much for the nice compliment on my porch!

So glad you liked my project, My best, Mary

Chitrangada Sharan from New Delhi, India on April 12, 2014:

This looks so elegantly beautiful and you have done a wonderful job!

Your step by step instructions and pictures are very helpful and will prove to be a good guide for others.

Thanks and voted up!

Mary Hyatt (author) from Florida on May 24, 2013:

Hi IslandBites. So nice to meet someone from one of my favorite places, Puerto Rico! I've written several Hubs about PR: love that place.

Thanks for reading about how I refinished my old porch and deck. It was hard work, but worth it.

Thanks for reading and commenting, hope to see you again soon. Maru

IslandBites from Puerto Rico on May 24, 2013:

Really useful!

Mary Hyatt (author) from Florida on April 08, 2013:

Hi, midget38. Yes, I do have patience when it comes to painting because I enjoy it so much. I love to see the results of my work.

Thanks so much for sharing this again, Mary

Michelle Liew from Singapore on April 08, 2013:

You really have 1) patience 2) talent. Sharing again!

Mary Hyatt (author) from Florida on March 07, 2013:

Hi, midget38. Thanks so much for reading, and for the nice compliment. You just made my day!

Yes, I like to stay busy and I love to paint!

Hope your day will be a good one for you, my friend. Mary

Michelle Liew from Singapore on March 06, 2013:

Coming in again to say that you have done a fab job with the deck!! I love how you are so hands on, Mary!

Mary Hyatt (author) from Florida on March 06, 2013:

Hi, lindacee. Thanks so much for the nice compliment on my work. Yes, it is gratifying when I do a project like this. Painting is one project that I enjoy seeing the improvement. I just repainted my porch chairs today as matter of fact. The hot weather here is hard on wooden surfaces (like my porch and deck).

Glad you like my fence and my faux stained glass, too.

Thanks so much for the votes, I appreciate that, Mary

Linda Chechar from Arizona on March 06, 2013:

What a beautiful paint job, Mary! It is so gratifying when a project like that is completed--you can sit back and take full credit for the marvelous results! I really enjoyed this Hub with your step-by-step text and photos. The fence and your faux stained glass door are wonderful additions as well! Voted up, useful, interesting and awesome. :)

Mary Hyatt (author) from Florida on March 01, 2013:

Hi pstraubie48. I'm glad if I have inspired you to tackle painting your porch. It really wasn't too much of a job. Like any other, once I started it went pretty smooth.

I'm happy you like my fence. That was fun to do. I enjoy painting very much.

My best to you, Mary

Patricia Scott from North Central Florida on March 01, 2013:

This is so clearly stated that I may tackle my old porch. It is not quite 100 but it is close. It really needs some work. Your fence is awesome and leaving the grands a part to paint is what i like to do too. I know there will be spaces on the porch the grandboys paint for me.

And only a week? That works for me. thanks for sharing this, Mary.

Sending you many Angels this evening. :) ps

Mary Hyatt (author) from Florida on January 19, 2013:

Hi, DzyMsLizzy. Thanks for reading and for the nice compliment. Oh, yes, I regret ever painting this porch and deck! I should have stained it. Mildew is terrible here. I am constantly pressure cleaning my house and driveway.

Thanks so much for the votes, I do appreciate that, Mary

Liz Elias from Oakley, CA on January 19, 2013:

Very nicely done. You are pretty much correct that once painted, always painted--however, it looks like you did a pretty doggoned good job of stripping those steps back to bare wood--at which point, you could have used stain if you wanted to.

The moisture is a big problem with paint--it will get underneath and bubble it, or cause mildew, as you are aware. I used to live in an area where fighting mildew was an everyday occurrence.

Voted up, useful and interesting.

Mary Hyatt (author) from Florida on January 19, 2013:

Hi, Vellur.Thanks so much for reading, commenting, and for the nice compliment. I do love to paint I(and that's a good thing!). I painted that fence when I was recuperating from surgery about two years ago. I'm glad you like it.

Thanks so much for the vote, Mary

Nithya Venkat from Dubai on January 18, 2013:

WOW!! you have done a great job. The animal paintings and flower paintings looks great. Must have taken a lot of time and effort. Voted up. Awesome.

Mary Hyatt (author) from Florida on January 16, 2013:

Hi, Learning in Life. Thanks so much for reading about how I refinished my deck. I do enjoy painting (anything!).

I'm glad you like my fence. I had fun doing that project. Thanks for the compliment.

Megan Dodd from Florida on January 16, 2013:

Wow! I love your fence painting. That is beautiful.

Mary Hyatt (author) from Florida on December 23, 2012:

Hi, AudreyHowitt. Well, it wasn't all that easy; just time consuming. I still have so much painting that needs to be done around my old house. Good thing I like to paint!

Glad I've inspired you to get out the paint brushes in the spring.

Merry Christmas to you and yours, Mary

Audrey Howitt from California on December 22, 2012:

Well Mary, you make it look easy! I have painting projects that I must get to this spring and your post is an inspiration!

Mary Hyatt (author) from Florida on December 05, 2012:

Hi, Deborah Brooks. Thank you for the nice compliment on painting my deck, and I'm happy you like the fence I painted, too. I used to paint my house on the outside, but after falling off a ladder and breaking some ribs, I promised my children I wouldn't do that again!

Thanks so much for reading, commenting, the share and the Pin. I do appreciate that.

I truly hope you and yours have a very Merry Christmas. Mary

Deborah Brooks Langford from Brownsville,TX on December 05, 2012:

I really love your deck and the painting of the squirrels on the fence.. you are so talented.. my husband has been painting our house.. trying ti save money.. if it was left up to me I would hire someone to paint.. lol

thanks for sharing this wonderful hub

sharing and pinning

Merry Christmas

Debbie

Mary Hyatt (author) from Florida on December 02, 2012:

Hi, Jackie Lynnley, I agree Kilz is a great product. It makes painting projects so much better.

I have done many murals inside my old house too. I did a garden scene in a bathroom with a white fence and many flowers. As I said before, I love to paint! Too bad the odor of paint bothers you. They have improved interior paints now so they don't smell as offensive as in the past.

Mary Hyatt (author) from Florida on December 02, 2012:

Hi teaches12345. Glad to hear you enjoy painting, too. Yes, it's one of those projects that you can see the results and that is gratifying.

I was glad I got the job of refinishing and repainting the porch and deck in time for our family Christmas dinner.

Mary Hyatt (author) from Florida on December 02, 2012:

Hi tillsontitan. Thanks for the wonderful compliment on my design and and the work I did on the porch and deck. I'm glad you like my fence. I get a lot of compliments from people who see it.

I'll keep that in mind about the aluminum table. The initial cost would be worth it if the table lasted .

Thanks so much for the vote, Mary

Mary Hyatt (author) from Florida on December 02, 2012:

Hi, Lord. You are right; Baby got left out of the fence mural. The grandkids wanted wildlife on their side.

Thanks for reading, and as a former painter, you know what all goes into these painting jobs.

Thanks for taking the time to read, comment and share. Mary

Jackie Lynnley from the beautiful south on December 01, 2012:

I could never do the art work like you did on your fence, that is beautiful. But I understand the rest completely. I use to paint all the time and I know how good Kilz is to make paint always cover good. I use to paint something ever summer just because I loved to do it so much but the smell of these things bother me now so I only spray paint things in the yard when the breeze will pull the smell away, but at least that is fun too. If I had your talent I would be doing art work on the inside too! Great work.

Dianna Mendez on December 01, 2012:

I enjoy painting and as you said, you can stand back and admire the work when finished. I love our fence murals. You must have a beautiful home. Enjoy it now by having a party!

Mary Craig from New York on December 01, 2012:

You, young lady are so talented! Not only a great hub but all the information....you designed your own beautiful deck! You fixed and painted it, you painted that beautiful fence...WoW. Tremendous hub and info. Just FYI, you may not be interested but we bought an extruded aluminum picnic table over twenty years ago and it is still like new. They aren't cheap but they last forever!

Voted up, useful, and awesome.

Joseph De Cross from New York on December 01, 2012:

You did wonderfully Mary. I used to paint houses, back in 89, and I know all these procedures: sandpaper, primer and caulking. The pictures took me back in time for a few seconds. Your art is full of life. But I didn't see Baby on that fence mural. Loved this one! Even the brushes are the same, even for trimming. Power wash was a must to avoid the use of sandpaper. Sharing!

Mary Hyatt (author) from Florida on December 01, 2012:

Hi Sherry Hewins. Yes, it was a lot work, but I enjoyed being out in the sunshine working. I got it all finished for our family Christmas dinner, thank goodness.

Sherry Hewins from Sierra Foothills, CA on December 01, 2012:

You did a nice job on your deck. That was a lot of work. Now you can relax and enjoy it.

Mary Hyatt (author) from Florida on December 01, 2012:

Hi, carol7777. Thanks so much for reading and for the nice compliment on my photos. Oh, yes.....I have since added some lawn chairs, and I intend to enjoy the fruits of my labor on my porch.

Mary Hyatt (author) from Florida on December 01, 2012:

Thank you for the nice compliment, my dear friend, Peggy W!!!

carol stanley from Arizona on December 01, 2012:

Great photos for this project. It looks wonderful and I am sure added a great touch to your home. I can almost picture sitting out with a glass of ice tea and enjoying the solitude.

Peggy Woods from Houston, Texas on November 30, 2012:

Hi Mary,

With your talents...I'll just bet that you could do just about anything you put your mind to accomplishing. You are amazing!!! :))

Mary Hyatt (author) from Florida on November 30, 2012:

Hi Peggy W Thanks for reading my Hub and how I refinished and repainted my porch and deck, and taking the time to comment. I had read your great Hub before about your talented friend who does so many beautiful projects. I just went back to take another look. The design she painted on her fence is amazing: very tropical. I could never do the neat vegetable creations she does, though.

I do enjoy painting, and that's a good thing cause I always have painting projects to do.

Thanks so much for the votes and the share, too.

Mary Hyatt (author) from Florida on November 30, 2012:

Hi, shingirlirisheyes. Thank you for the nice compliment on my painting my deck and porch. I love porches, too. If you also like old houses (like mine), I invite you to read about how I moved and restored my old house.

Thanks again, Mary

Mary Hyatt (author) from Florida on November 30, 2012:

Hi, nikkiwikki. So nice to meet you today! Thanks for reading my Hub on painting my porch and deck. Yes, I knew it was going to be a big job when I started, but luckily I have a lot of energy to burn!

See you again soon, I hope. Mary

Shining Irish Eyes from Upstate, New York on November 30, 2012:

What a fantastic job you did. I love old porches on a house. Maybe because my childhood memories are from my grandparents wonderful huge wooden porch.

Great write

Peggy Woods from Houston, Texas on November 30, 2012:

Mary...what a beautiful job you did! You are like the energizer bunny with all of your projects that keep you busy. I like the instant gratification that one gets by painting. I have painted many a room in my day! Looking at your amazing fence reminded me of a friend of ours. To check out her fence...look for the hub Multi-talented friend makes stunning decorative vegetable arrangements and more. I can see you doing this also with your love of cooking and baking. Many up votes and definitely sharing.

Nikki Wiks from Ireland on November 30, 2012:

That's so funny - I was going to ask - did you not want to cry when you first started the job - but then the next line was "I enjoy painting jobs!" ...well - fair play to you that was a massive job!

Mary Hyatt (author) from Florida on November 29, 2012:

Hi, Nell Rose. Thank you for reading and for the complimentary remark on my Hub. I do get a lot of compliments on my painted fence. My grandkids love "their" side of the fence.

Thanks for reading and taking the time to comment.

Mary Hyatt (author) from Florida on November 29, 2012:

Hi, Lipnancy. Actually, this job was not all that hard; just time consuming! I did enjoy painting the deck and porch. I like the way it turned out.

Thanks for reading and for the nice compliment on the results.

Nell Rose from England on November 29, 2012:

Hi mary, what a great job you did there, and I love your painted fences too! I would never have thought of doing that, you have given me a great idea now!

Nancy Yager from Hamburg, New York on November 29, 2012:

Wow you are ambitious. What a huge project to undertake but look at the beautiful results.

Mary Hyatt (author) from Florida on November 28, 2012:

Hi, midget38. Gee, if we lived closer I could do your painting for you! Thanks so much for reading, commenting, and for the share.

Goodnight, Mary

Michelle Liew from Singapore on November 28, 2012:

Will keep this as a reference as I am about to have my own house painted too. Thanks for sharing, and I share too!

Mary Hyatt (author) from Florida on November 28, 2012:

Hi, mpropp. Nice to find another person who enjoys painting! Anytime anyone in my family needs some painting done, they call on me cause they know I like to do it. I even paint when my neighbors need some done.

So even with stain instead of paint, your deck has to be redone??? I guess nothing lasts forever. Next time I will stain the porch and deck when I build another one.

Mary Hyatt (author) from Florida on November 28, 2012:

HI, RTalloni. Thank you so much for reading and taking time to comment, and for the nice compliment on my Hub and my paint job on the porch and deck.

Good to see you.....

Melissa Propp from Minnesota on November 28, 2012:

That looks great Mary! I like to paint also, I find it very soothing. Nice hub and I like all the pictures. You have a great porch! We built a large deck on the back of our house and we went with the stain, rather than painting. Even with no chipping, its been 5+ years and could stand to be re-stained again, after surviving the somewhat harsh winters.

RTalloni on November 28, 2012:

Such a nice job, both on the refurbished porch and the tell-all hub! :)

Mary Hyatt (author) from Florida on November 28, 2012:

Hi, Mike Robbers. Thank you very much for the wonderful compliment. I have always loved to paint: I'll paint anything to make it look better!

Thanks for taking the time to read and comment on my job of painting the porch and deck.

Mike Robbers from London on November 28, 2012:

You did a fabulous work to a wonderful house Mary! Well done, you are really creative and talented :)

Mary Hyatt (author) from Florida on November 28, 2012:

Hello, eHealer. You just made my day with your wonderful compliment on my Hub about painting my deck. I was proud of the way it turned out, too bad it won't stay that way!

I really appreciate your sharing this Hub the way you did, too. Thanks!

Mary Hyatt (author) from Florida on November 28, 2012:

Hi, there, drbj. Thanks for the nice compliment, but I have to say: you are very creative yourself. I sure couldn't write those humorous Hubs you write....I can't write a pun!! Well, anyway: thanks (blush, blush).

I always appreciate your reading my Hubs and your support.

Mary Hyatt (author) from Florida on November 28, 2012:

Hi, billybuc. When in the world would you ever find the time to paint a fence?? You are much too busy turning out those wonderful and inspiring Hubs. If we didn't live so far apart, I'd be happy to paint your fence for you, cause I love to paint!

I'm glad you like my whimsical fence, too!

Mary Hyatt (author) from Florida on November 28, 2012:

Hi, phoenix2327, Thanks for reading about my painting my porch and deck, and thank you for the nice compliment on the fence, too. I had a good time painting that.

Deborah from Las Vegas on November 28, 2012:

Hey Mary, well done! This is a great hub and you have done a lot of work! I am sharing this one for sure, FB and pinned, and bookmarked. What a great job you did, your porch looks stellar!!!

drbj and sherry from south Florida on November 28, 2012:

Is there no end to your talent and creativity, mary? Not only renovating your porch and deck (the results are beautiful), but painting the artwork on the fence and creating a faux stained door. You are an amazing woman, no doubt about it! :)

But I already knew that!

Bill Holland from Olympia, WA on November 28, 2012:

Good info, Mary! We have to do that this next summer. As for the fence....I love it!

Mary Hyatt (author) from Florida on November 28, 2012:

Jools99, good to see you! Yes, it does look pretty (for now), but I'll be doing it again in a couple of years to keep the porch and deck looking nice.

Hey, instead of hiring myself out, I rent out the pressure washer. No joke! Read that Hub when you have some time......

Thanks for reading and the vote, Mary

Zulma Burgos-Dudgeon from United Kingdom on November 28, 2012:

Your porch looks fabulous. And your fence is fun to look at.

Jools Hogg from North-East UK on November 28, 2012:

Mary, great hub - so the deck is finished! I voted it bautiful because it certainly looks beautiful - I love the colour you chose. This looked like a lot of work but wasn't it worth it? Your deck has been given a new lease of life - careful though Mary, people may try to hire you out as well as your pressure washer :o)

Mary Hyatt (author) from Florida on November 28, 2012:

Good Morning moonlake. Thanks for the compliment on my painted deck and porch. As I said in my article, I am sorry now I painted my wood. I wish I had used a penetrating dark colored oil stain instead.

Wooden decks are wonderful, but they do require maintenance to keep them looking nice.

Thanks for reading and for the vote. Mary

moonlake from America on November 28, 2012:

Your deck looks nice. We redid our deck in the summer with an oil base stain because water based stain just won't stay on it. It looked great when we were done but now every time the dog walks on it he leaves white footprints. We can't seem to keep it looking clean I think we just went to dark in color. Voted up on your hub.