Where the Green(ish) Grass Grows – Week 5

Phew! This week is going to look a little differently than my other weeks, because I broke my phone and lost ALL of my pictures and videos (back up your phones everyone!) so I came to the end of the week with almost nothing to show! So I haven’t included a video this week, but I was able to snap a couple pics. Thankfully this week didn’t include any huge projects, just a few odds and ends.

This week I finally got around to pressure washing the deck. This process was much more tedious than the fence due to all the nooks and crannies on the deck railing, and it also left me a little worse for wear. Because I had to stand on the ground to get the outside of the deck, all of the water from the pressure washer sprayed back onto me, so it wasn’t a very enjoyable few hours! Still, the job is done and we can finally get to staining next week, which I’m very much looking forward too. Visually, pressure washing the deck didn’t make all that much of a difference as it did with the fence, so the reveal will come next week after I’ve stained it! I was pretty familiar with what I was doing since I’d pressure washed the fence already, but I did check out this resource that had a quick and easy guide! One thing that I liked that they noted was to make sure your pressure washer is not on too high of a setting, because you can damage the wood (also can cause injuries to yourself as well if you’re not careful and wearing proper footwear). It also made me realized that I need to sand the deck as well before staining, so that will be another project for next week.

Speaking of the fence, I broke out the new can of stain this week to begin staining the fence. I didn’t get finished completely because it randomly started to rain (typical), but the difference was pretty shocking! I knew I picked a darker colour, but it was a little more drastic than I was expecting!

After on the left, before is on the right!

I like the colour of the natural wood but the dark stain is not as bad as last weeks fiasco so I think I will just learn to love it! I’m excited to see what a change it will make. My last little project of the week was tackling something new. The latch on the back gate was getting to be a bit of an issue as the latching mechanism didn’t line up properly and was pretty warped, so it made it a bit of a pain to open and close the gate! I picked up a new latch from Canadian Tire and found this great resource. This website was great because it really goes over everything, plus has some really helpful tips if you are needing to replace hinges! I did a good examination of the hinges on my gate and I think they will hold up for awhile longer, so I left them as is.

The new latch

Installing the latch was pretty quick, although I’m glad I took the time to check out how to do it online (and not just because it is required for this class) because getting everything lined up was a bit trickier than I expected! But it works great and I’m pretty pleased with it now. I’m really looking forward to next week as I’m going to be attempting to lay down some grass seed to fix the big patches in our lawn, and then just finishing up the other big projects. The end is near and I’m excited to see everything come together!

5 thoughts on “Where the Green(ish) Grass Grows – Week 5

  1. Hi Annissa,

    Great post! I the fence stain was a huge difference than before, but it looks super nice! I recently stained the doors in my house darker, and I used a jell stain which I didn’t need to sand before I used so that might be something you could try! Your learning journey looks like its going well!

    Thanks for the post!


    • Hi Meagan
      I’ve never heard of a jell stain before, I will have to look into it! It sounds like it could be helpful. Thanks for the comment!

  2. UGH! Annissa I am so sorry to hear about your phone, I have been there before and it is PAINFUL! Great job on still creating something beautiful this week. I really like the natural wood look, but I think the contrast with the dark colour is gorgeous. Great pick! Now you just need some more nice weather so you can really enjoy your yard, with a fence door that nicely opens and closes.

    • Thanks for the support Brianne! Some tears were definitely shed over the phone fiasco. I liked the natural wood look too but I’m excited to see a more drastic change at the end of it all, plus it will fade in a year or two anyway 🙂
      Thanks for the comment!

  3. It is crazy how much difference there is in the fence once you pressure washed it. I also like the look of natural wood, so when we stained our deck we used a translucent stain so that you could still see the wood through it. Good luck with the rest of your project.

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