Below is the Birches Deck before we started the work.
The Birches Deck before we started the work. This is pressure treated wood that has never been given a stain, finish or coating of any kind. It looks old and dilapidated the way it is and not very inviting for guests to sit out on. So we're going to turn it into a fresh new finished deck.
Looking up on to the deck
|Birches Stairway and landing|
The first thing to do is to apply a wood cleaner and brightener. We use a product called TimberWash which we obtain from an online log home supplier called www.theloghomestore.com. This liquid concentrate is an oxidizing chemical which loosens the mold and dirt and allows the wood to be cleaned easily with the power washer. The liquid is applied liberally with a brush and worked into the wood grain and left for at least 20 minutes to do its work.
This what the landing looks like after being scrubbed power washed.
The deck itself before...
Here you can see how much is coming off the wood with the power washer.
...and after. The bench and railings have already been partially coated with the Sikkens Log and Siding product.
Same process for the log railing at the back of the birches
The Tea house is also undergoing the cleaning and finishing process.
Here is some of the detailed woodwork at the Tea House as it is in the process of being cleaned.
And finally, we're doing the same thing in the entryway of the Log House
As we complete these projects I'll be updating this blog entry to show what it will look like when done.