Luckily it was a fairly mild February weekend in Maryland - with some warm layers, we were able to get lots done!!
We're SUPER excited to transform our deck .. as you can see it needs some serious help!
The previous owners put a single coat of paint prior to selling to conceal that they didn't do a single thing to take care of the deck .. a winter later - it looks like this. I really wish they would just have left it alone!
As you can see it's peeling off.
We rented a sander and got a good bit off, but it would require a lot of hand sanding to get it all off. (above image is before sanding)
So now we're considering: 1. Get as much paint off as possible, heavy duty primer, heavy duty exterior deck paint 2. Get as much paint off as possible, use a solid stain on deck matching paint on railing (We sanded that too .. but no way we're getting all of that off) 3. Thick deck product designed to "cover all" 4. Something else??
If you have experience with a deck in similar condition - I'd love to hear about it!
Of course, we have a few FUN projects up our sleeves - I'm looking forward to sharing as I can!