Weekend DIY: Renew your Wooden Fence

Has your wooden deck or fence seen better days? Mine too – I (Vanessa – a team member at Willard & May) recently purchased a home (2 days ago!) that came with a great deck for entertaining and a wonderful fence around the perimeter of the yard – however, along with all the entertaining we dreamed of, we also realized the maintenance and up keep it would require. One of our tasks before winter comes is to improve the look of the deck. We had originally planned on restaining it – however, after doing some research, we think we’ll try power-washing it first to bring back the wood’s natural beauty.

Here is our deck in its current state – needing some TLC

Renewing the look of your worn wooden fence or deck isn’t as hard as you may think – many times what seems to need replacing can just be given a little TLC and will show a huge improvement. The Family Handyman explains how power-washing your wooden deck or fence will renew the wood that is hiding underneath a layer of faded, gray wood – who knew?! Within one weekend, the wood will show through and will be looking just about brand new!  This would also be an excellent time to restain and seal the wood!

Here is what you’ll need: power-washer (you can rent this from stores like Home Depot), Hose, Wood preservative, Paint roller/Paintbrush, and Safety glasses. Head on over to The Family Handyman to read the complete step-by-step instructions on how to transform your deck or fence this weekend!

Happy Weekend!

2 thoughts on “Weekend DIY: Renew your Wooden Fence

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  2. Thanks for the tips. Hopefully I will have a weekend when its not too windy to avoid having all the dirt stick to my freshly renewed fence