Friday, September 7, 2012

Painted Hand Rails for the backyard deck

I mentioned the other day that I started a new project. Well I'm here to happily say that it is completed, Yippee! Started and finished in just 3 days time. I think that's a record for me. :0)

I never mentioned or posted about a project that my hubby did a couple of months ago. So I'll start from the beginning. We've been wanting to put railing on our deck for sometime. So we ordered 10 sheets of 1" thick cedar lattice. I love the thickness of the lattice, it's so sturdy. My handy hubby then built frames using the lattice, then attached it to the deck and then added treated 2"x10"x12' treated lumber for the top pieces.

Here's a couple of picture that I took when he was building the deck railing several months ago.

Love the lights that my husband installed into the deck. 
On at dusk~~off at dawn

In only a couple of months, (5 months time) I noticed that the boards on the top were already splitting some. See that long split in the picture below?

Doesn't make sense since we used treated wood. I guess treated wood just isn't as good as it used to be. The lumber is not kiln dried as long as it once was so the splitting takes place a lot quicker now-a-days. Anyway, this was driving me crazy seeing it split already so I decided that I wanted to paint all the top boards to help the lifespan of them.
I didn't take pictures of every step (but I did take a few to show when you scroll down). So I'll just list them in the order that it was done.
Step 1--Mixed up wood putty and filled ALL the cracks and holes in the boards.
Step 2--Sanded the boards with 60 grit paper using electric sander. Also rounded the edges along the length of the boards and also curved the ends.
Step 3--Came back and used a lighter grit (150) then (240) and sanded again to give a smooth finish.
Step 4--Rolled on a coat of primer.
Step 5--Hand sanded the primer coat with 240 grit to give a smooth finish.
Step 6--Brushed on another coat of primer.
Step 7--Hand sanded again with 240 grit paper to give a super smooth finish.
Step 8--Hand painted the first coat of paint (Valspar Dry Earth exterior paint in Semi-Gloss finish).
Step 9--Very lightly sanded with 240 grit paper again to knock off any little bumps to give the boards a smooth as glass finish.
Step 10--Painted the boards one last coat.
Step 11-Grabbed myself a Gatoraide, took a step back and enjoyed the view. It was a hot couple of days work, yesterday the temps reached 104 degrees! shoulders are burnt but the job is done!!

Here are a couple of pictures over the past 3 days as I was working.
Didn't take pictures of all the puttying that I did but here is just a little of it.
First coat of Primer~Still another coat to go after sanding some more

The start of the painting of the boards. Part is primed and the other is painted with Valspar Dry Earth. Really like the color that we picked.

Rounded the edges of all the boards

All finished~Now all I need to do is get our deck back in order.

Another View
And another one

Lots of steps, but my husband taught me a long time ago that the most worth-while time involved in painting is to get the project ready first. The surface needs to be as perfect and smooth as possible if you want your work to look good in the end. Getting the project ready first takes time and work but the results in the end are well worth it.
I'm thrilled with how the railing looks now!
Another project down....98,765,432 more to go!! O'kay, maybe I'm exaggerating a little.

Do you have any outdoor projects that you're finishing up before the Fall/Winter season hits??

From the Heart,

Parties that I like to join throughout the week:
Monday: Cedar Hill Ranch, Made By You Monday, Met Monday, Meet Me Monday, More the Merrier Monday,
Motivated Monday, Debbiedoo's, Mop it up Monday
Tuesday: Tip Me Tuesday,   Not Just a Housewife
 Tweak It Tuesday
Wednesday: Wow Us Wednesday, Wicked Awesome Wednesday, DIY by Design,
No Minimalist Here, Primp Your Stuff, Penny Pinching Party, Under $100 Linky Party,  
House of Hepworths
Thursday: Transformation Thursday, Time Travel Thursday, Blog Stalking Thursday, Carolyns Homework,  One Artsy Mama
 Live Laugh Linky Thursday
Friday: Feathered Nest Friday, Inspiration Friday, Frugal Friday, Weekend Wrap Up, Miss Mustardseed, Happy Hour Projects, Stuff and NonsenseCommon Ground Shine on Fridays   
Sat: Funky Junk Interiors, It's Overflowing  Southern Hospitality 
Sun: DIY Showoff, My 1929 Charmer, Homemaker on a Dime,Under the Table and Dreaming
Plus a few others~
Embracing Change
Make it Great Monday 
Make It Pretty Monday
Tutorial Tips and Tidbits


  1. Great job! I really need some sprucing up of my deck too! Thanks for sharing with my party.

  2. I like that nice finished look. What a great deck. Lucky you. :D
    Thanks for sharing on BeColorful.


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