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DIY Front Yard Deck Refresh

Easy and Affordable Curb Appeal

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Article by Audrey Kuether

I’m all about adding easy and affordable curb appeal to our house. We recently upped our game a little bit with our much needed DIY front yard deck refresh.

We had a mini platform deck in our front yard that was in need of some major love. We knew we would need a power washer to properly get the job done—and our new WORX Hydroshot power washer saved the day!

Let’s take a look at the dreaded before photos, shall we? Bad, I know.

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As you can see, the stain was faded and it just needed some overall weeding and cleaning up. Yikes!

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It was time to pretty this little deck lady right up, so we gathered our supplies and got to work.

  • WORX Hydroshot power washer (and included attachments)
  • Deck cleaner
  • Wood stain and brush (and gloves)
  • Scrub broom (not pictured) 
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I cleared off the furniture and pulled the weeds, then my husband Ted took it from there. He poured the deck cleaner into a bucket, placed the power washer hose into the bucket, and sprayed the cleaner all over the deck.

After one coat of cleaner, he took his scrub broom and using some force scrubbed off the remaining stain.

After scrubbing the entire deck, he did another pass through using the power washer and more deck cleaner. He then let it thoroughly dry for a few days.

As you can see the Hydroshot paired with the deck cleaner and broom did a great job stripping off the old stain. The day was winding down, so we decided to stain the following weekend.

We love our WORX power washer and definitely plan on using it when we strip the back deck and walkway. We also plan on using it to clean our adirondack chairs, siding, you name it.

The next Saturday rolled around and Ted got back to work staining.

We chose a stain called Cedar NaturalTone from Valspar. We love the richness of this color.

Ted brushed on one even coat and let it dry overnight. See that long deck pathway leading to the back yard behind the gate? Yep, we have to stain that eventually as well. Then we will do the back yard deck. That’s going to be a beast.

On Sunday I woke up and immediately got to work styling the deck before the rain rolled in. As you can see, we have some landscaping work to do in this area, which we plan on doing over the next month or so. We will pull the lily grass and replace with simple greenery and mulch, but for now I added some of our outdoor plants to the area.

I gathered a small rug, table, pillows and two white, modern chairs I got for free from another blogger’s trash pile (hehe—I’m not too proud to confess my trash pile finds!)

The striped IKEA runner rug is a little small, but the wood stain is so beautiful, I want to show it off and not cover it all up like I used to do.

I love the tropical outdoor pillows and plant stand I got on clearance from World Market at the end of last season. They are perfect and also look great on our back deck.

And I am a sucker for a mini lawn flamingo in a plant (from the Target dollar bin). Brings a small bit of fun and kitchy-ness.

I’m so glad we did this DIY front yard deck refresh. It made such a huge difference!

I was provided free product in exchange for this honest review post. All opinion are 100 percent my own. I do not endorse products that I do not believe in.

Follow Audrey Kuether @ohsolovely_blog 

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