DIY Deck Makeover with Olympic Wood Stain

Liven up your back patio or deck without over spending on an expensive remodel job. Check out how Sam Raimondi of DIY Huntress revamped her Grandparents’ patio deck with a few simple coats of Olympic Exterior Wood Stain.

Summertime is the perfect time to give your deck some love! I recently decided to refresh my grandparents’ weathered deck in their backyard with Olympic Exterior Stain to give them a cute and practical outdoor space to hang out on while stuck at home. This project took me a few days to complete (luckily, the weather held out) and made a huge impact in their backyard.

Here’s the before:

DIY Deck Makeover with Olympic Stain

Here’s the after:

DIY Deck Makeover with Olympic Stain

Not bad for a long weekend of work. Ready to see how I did it? Let’s get started!

Step 1

First step in any deck project is to clear the deck and inspect the boards to see if any need to be repaired or replaced.

DIY Deck Makeover with Olympic Stain

Step 2

Once the boards were inspected (I luckily didn’t have to replace any), I knocked down any loose or lifted nails using a hammer.

DIY Deck Makeover with Olympic Stain

Step 3

Next, I cleaned off the deck using a thick bristle brush.

DIY Deck Makeover with Olympic Stain

Step 4

After removing debris from the deck, it was time to prep the yard for a deep deck cleaning. I started by using a garden hose to soak all of the plants surrounding the deck. This will help dilute any solution that touches the plants during cleaning.

DIY Deck Makeover with Olympic Stain

Step 5

Next, I added a bottle of Olympic Deck Cleaner to a handheld pump sprayer. I then used the sprayer to saturate the dry deck boards. I also made sure to use a thick bristled brush to work the solution into the boards. Then, I allowed the solution to sit for 10 – 15 minutes.

DIY Deck Makeover with Olympic Stain

Step 6

After 10 – 15 minutes, I then used my power washer on the lowest setting to wash away the solution from the decking boards. I then let the deck dry for a full 24 hours.

DIY Deck Makeover with Olympic Stain

Step 7

The next day, I used a pole sander to just knock down any splinters or fuzzy pieces of wood that were leftover from the power washing. This can also be done using a powered sander as well. The amount of sanding that will need to be done will depend on the condition of the wood.

DIY Deck Makeover with Olympic Stain

Step 8

After sanding, it was time to brush off the deck one more time and then prepare it for stain by hanging plastic wrap on any surfaces I did not want to paint (i.e., the house, fence, and plants).

DIY Deck Makeover with Olympic Stain

Step 9

Next, I poured my cans of Olympic Elite Solid Stain into a 5-gallon bucket to make sure the color stayed consistent. I chose a solid stain for this project because the deck is a bit older, and the solid stain will give it a rich color but still emphasize the texture of the wood.

DIY Deck Makeover with Olympic Stain

Step 10

I then began to paint the deck and started by spraying stain on the lattice and railings using a paint sprayer. I also made sure to back brush the paint with a paintbrush to remove any drips or excess paint.

DIY Deck Makeover with Olympic Stain

Step 11

When it was time to paint the decking boards, I tried a few different methods ranging from applying the paint with a paint roller to using a deck stain applicator. But, in the end I opted to use my handheld paint sprayer to apply the finish to the deck and then back brush each board with a paintbrush.

DIY Deck Makeover with Olympic Stain

The Olympic Elite Solid Stain is a stain and sealant all-in-one. So I only needed to apply two coats and wait two hours in between them. I then let the stain dry for 48 hours before walking on it or installing some new patio furniture and a small bistro set from The Home Depot.

Talk about a transformation!

Before:

DIY Deck Makeover with Olympic Stain

After:

DIY Deck Makeover with Olympic Stain

It’s pretty amazing what a few days of work and a fresh coat of stain can do to a space (and to your grandparents’ lifestyle). My grandparents are stoked on their new outdoor space. I cannot wait to hang with them on their newly improved deck for coffee and board games really soon!

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Family Friendly Backyard Makeover

As a lucky winner of the 2019 Orange Tank Competition, Brittany made her dream project to transform her backyard into the perfect family hangout a reality.

Earlier this year, I had the opportunity to attend a home blogging conference where I pitched a backyard makeover to The Home Depot. I was so excited to win the competition, and now I get to share the final reveal with you today.

Before The Remodel

When we purchased our home two years ago it had some great features, but it lacked backyard space for our kids to play.  There was only a small, sloping yard, lots of pine trees (not exactly the fun kind you can climb) and a patio deck that was in rough shape.

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The deck had multiple areas of mildew, and the old stain was coming off in certain areas. The deck posts were warped and split due to dry rot and damage over the years.

Transforming The Deck

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Since it wasn’t in the budget to replace the deck boards and railings, I used a pressure washer to deep clean and remove the old stain. We did, however, replace the 4” x 4” deck posts. Once everything was dry, I applied Behr’s Waterproofing Solid Deck Stain & Sealer in the color Slate.

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When we replaced the posts, we decided to extend them up so we could hang string lights from them and enjoy being out here at night, too. New post caps were a must to prevent damage from the elements.

family friendly backyard

When it came to patio furniture, my husband and I decided to build an outdoor sofa. We have built many things over the years, but outdoor seating was a first for us. We purchased the cushions first so we were able to create a custom fit, and we used pressure treated lumber and our kreg jig to assemble the sofa.

Transforming the Yard

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The biggest challenge with the backyard is that the entire lawn slopes so in order to put a playhouse outside, we needed to clear some trees and build a small deck for a level area. We used 2-in. x 6-in. and 1-in. x 6-in. lumber to build it.

family friendly backyard

We already had the playhouse, but I gave it a custom paint job using Rustoleum spray paint. I also added interactive features like a wireless doorbell, an exterior light and even a faux chimney using the Kingston brick panel.

family friendly backyard

I wanted somewhere the kids could get their wiggles out. Since there isn’t really anywhere we could put a swingset, we used what we had – lots of trees! With nature on our side, we cleared some of the debris and attached a few pieces of 2 in. x 8 in. lumber directly to the trees using lag bolts. Then we hung two beautiful woven hammock chairs and a trapeze bar using carabiners and chain links.

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As the final addition to the backyard, I assembled pavers into a fire pit ring for family hangouts. I added five Adirondack chairs around the fire pit, one for each of us. But I think we’ll need to add a few more chairs because our friends are going to want to come hang in our new backyard.

The Final Reveal

Are you ready to see the transformation? Here is our brand new family friendly backyard!

family friendly backyard

The deck is now the perfect place to unwind after a long day.

family friendly backyard

And there’s space for our three daughters to roam free.

family friendly backyard

It’s one thing to be curled up with a book, but it’s even better when it’s outdoors. The beautiful ceramic patio stools are perfect to hold small items or plants.

family friendly backyard

The playhouse came to life using paint and supplies from The Home Depot. The doorbell and exterior light are my favorites!

family friendly backyard

Everyone wants a turn in this hammock. The tassel fringe is so pretty and the freestanding base means it can go anywhere.

family friendly backyard

String lights wrapped around the tree trunks give a nice glow as the sun sets.

family friendly backyard

One kid can relax in the hammock swing while the other is twirling on the trapeze bar.

family friendly backyard

The fire bowl was made using concrete, gel fuel & lava rocks and sits on top of our handmade coffee table.

We’ve already enjoyed many nights out here together. I hope this inspires you to think outside the box when working with a space that challenges you. I’d like to give one more big thank you to The Home Depot for helping us create our family friendly backyard.

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