I started with an after picture. Because it makes me so happy! :-)
I didn't take a good before photo of the deck. It was last stained in a dark brown, more then half of which was peeling, and a good half the deck was green with mold and mildew - it's a fairly shaded area.
This is the "during" photo. This is after spraying it with a deck wash, and then hours of power washing. At this point I've just started spraying the railing
I didn't really choose the deck stain color. We went to Lowes for me to choose it, and in the "oops" pile was a huge can of deck stain. $30, for $150 worth of stain. Yes, that color will work just fine.. :-)
Next is the furniture I got free along the side of the road.
When I saw the price of replacement cushions, I knew why it was free. You can buy new furniture cheaper then you can buy new cushions! Thankfully, I can sew. :-)
A close up of one of the chairs, before -
First I stained all the wood - along with an adirondack love seat and a few tables that I'm using on the deck, using leftover stain from the last time we stained the deck. Then I went to my favorite outdoor fabric store - Surplus City, and bought outdoor fabric - $30 for 5 yards. 5 yards was almost exactly what I needed - I used the last scrap to make a pillow for on the swing/hammock.. so there is literally not a one inch scrap of this fabric left. Not bad for guessing how much I would need!
I'm so happy with the result. Here's the same chair, after -
I bought a flat of the flowers shown here, and added them to two old metal pans I had kept in the shed to use for something like this.
On the other side of the deck I added a new hammock/swing, and to the far right I am fixing my broken table (the glass shattered in one of our storms last year) and I got a pretty new umbrella.. I'll have more pics later.
Each morning I come out here with my coffee, open the canister of sunflower seeds I keep on a table, and sing to the peacock, peahen, and 5 peachicks.. who come running as soon as they hear me sing, knowing I'm going to toss them sunflower seeds. It's the favorite part of my day!