We're almost done! We're almost done!
To say "done" on ANY project is a bit of an over statement, so lets just say we've mostly "completed" our back deck....
Last we left off, we were here:
|To catch up on previous weeks, click HERE for week 1 and HERE for week 2|
You can see, the gate was open and I was missing one small white and fluffy pup. After about 5 minutes of convincing myself I was the worlds worst
May the project continue!....
Even got the last major support beam installed!
Remember back last week when I chose this style:
Yea, I was wrong.
(quick Chris, mark down the date because you will probably never hear me utter that phrase again... I joke, I joke... .... ... ... but really. Mark it down)
I dont know if I was thinking it was going to be larger slats or what, but after seeing how they looked a foot apart, I hated it. And it provided NO shade (whole reason we are putting up this sucka in the first place).
So closer and closer they got... and even debated putting lattice on top instead of furring strips
And we decided to go with a 4" gap...
Honestly, how good is this starting to look?!
(We have since determined that as long as we own this house, Blake has the right to sit wherever he wants on the deck. If he wants a chair that someone is already sitting in, Blake gets to call "Deck rules" since he helped build about 50% of it, which technically makes it HALF his... I am eager to see this "rule" actually take place.... After we get furniture... ... .... and as long as its not MY chair...)
But Gus was kind enough to point out what was still missing...
Here is the left side...(still missing one final board)
Chris's Dad was even nice enough to put facing boards on the side of the stairs as well!
Chris and Blake also whipped up some railing for the stairs...
and after that, plus some clean up, here is what we had starring us back in the face...
And actually, THIS is the first picture I took... but Rocky is kinda ruining it/making it awesome...
And just because I teased you last week, here is a picture of the garage sale rocking chairs I made over in their new home...
- wait for the wood to dry out so we can paint/stain it... (still deciding on colors but we have some time since it typically takes 4-6 weeks for wood to fully dry out and accept a stain)
- Get some furniture (even though it does look really good just standing on it.. people WOULD probably like a place to sit)
- Put up something for mosquito prevention (there will be NO Tiki Torches on my lawn... nope never, ever, ever)
- Build a planter bed on the left side of the deck and plant some pretty, evergreen vines to hid the lattice
- Reseed the lawn (having all the material sitting out there for 3 weeks did a NUMBER on our
- Extend our stone walk way down the right side of the deck where the flower bed and herb garden meet (like we did HERE for our side garden)
Im sure there are a million other things we still have to do that Im currently forgetting, but oh well... the main thing is that the deck is now USABLE!!
Here is the awesome side by side before and after for ya:
Well what do you guys think? Like it? Eager to see it painted/stained? Is it what you thought it was going to look like after all that work? I would L-O-V-E your feedback!