Sprucing Things Up

As the weather gets nicer and the days get longer I find it harder and harder to sit behind my computer screen and write. However, Saturday’s weather was cool and rainy (oh, Missouri you can be so finicky),  and so I decided it was time to go in the office, close the door, and write.

If you’ve been reading our blog you know that our “to-do list” is filled with exterior projects that we hope to get checked off this summer. One of the biggest projects looming over our heads was the country red deck. Yes, we love this space and are so thankful for the extra room to host gatherings in Missouri’s beautiful summer months. However, the wooden beams were covered with faded, scraped paint, leaving something to be desired.


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The process of repainting the deck was tedious to say the least. All beams required scraping as the elements had caused a significant amount of chipped paint.

With scrapers in hand (and music on the radio), the process went something like this:

  • Scrape
  • Take a break
  • Scrape
  • Clean off paint chips from deck
  • Paint
  • Sit back and admire our hard work

We decided to splurge on paint and purchase Sherwin Williams Exterior “Duration” in hopes that it would last for many years to come. We used a small roller to paint the beams, and a regular paintbrush for all touch ups.

After several days of repeating the above process the deck finally had a completed fresh coat of paint and the country red was no more. Below are a few pictures of the finished product.






Now all that’s missing is the smell of fresh bbq from the grill and some beautiful Missouri sun.

Looking forward to sharing the other exterior projects that have kept us busy over the last several weeks.

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