We spent the Labor Day weekend thoroughly cleaning and then 2-coat solid staining our two timber decks … and we learnt the following:
1. If you can afford it, you should pay someone.
2. Chose a project no longer than 2 days. Enthusiasm waned by the end of the 2nd day & had mysteriously vanished upon waking the 3rd morning!
3. Hope the neighbours are out of town …. MsM popped out onto her deck, saw what I was doing and said "oh, painting is very hard work. Can you call my number as I've lost my phone". I look at my paint splattered fingers and shoes and think – is she serious. Apparently she is, as she asks twice! I struggle to take my shoes off and get inside for the cordless phone but now I have paint on the phone and the inside door handle (the handle not covered in saran/glad wrap). I try to hand her the phone which is pinched between my two cleanest fingers and she says "I'll tell you the number". Is she blind? I say "I can't press the numbers because of the paint" and she laughs crazily but does take the phone. Once her phone is located she hands mine back and then proceeds to hang a large towel over her railing - right beside the lower deck and under our top one! I like to think I am not a splatter painter but ……… seriously would you do this?
4. Moving a nearly-full gallon tin, with your foot, is likely to result in a shoe full of paint!
5. Railings and all those little vertical slats have much much more area than you think.
6. Write down all the paint information – it makes things so much easier on subsequent trips to Home Depot for more paint!
7. Do not volunteer to paint the steps if painting from the bottom up is required. The inclined position of the head in the sun & heat does strange things to one's brain!
8. Yes, you really do have all those muscles!
Here is the work while it was in progress – complete with MsM's towel! We are one of a long row of rowhouses so we had to paint from outwards in – this was the first coat stage.