I was desperate to replace my crumbling decking so I painted it, it won’t last winter but I don’t care, it looks amazing

SUMMER is finally upon us, which can only mean one thing: people across the country are getting their gardens in tip-top shape.

And when one woman found her deck looking rough around the edges, she took the plunge and fixed it herself.

A woman showed how she repaired her chipped, black terrace


A woman showed how she repaired her chipped, black terraceCredit: awholenewbuild/TikTok
First she prepared the terrace


First she prepared the terraceCredit: awholenewbuild/TikTok
She showed the finished result


She showed the finished resultCredit: awholenewbuild/TikTok

She donned her DIY hat and decided to repaint the area to upgrade it in time for the upcoming heatwaves.

“I could have applied the decking paint straight away,” she said, launching the video.

She opened a can of primer and went on to explain that she would apply it with the base coat before painting over with the color she really wants.

“…but because I’m painting over such a dark color first, I applied an outdoor primer,” she continued.

She shared a time-lapse of her completing the priming process in seconds, but it took much longer, and then decided to go with the color she really wanted.

Dipping the brush into the light beige paint, she began spreading it over an area, back and forth to apply it evenly.

“I chose the Warm Stone color, which looks absolutely gorgeous,” she shared.

The camera then zoomed out to show the entire patio in the garden as she continued to work.

After a second coat was applied and dried, she panned the camera across the room to show the stunning result.

“Are you ready to see the finished terrace? It’s absolutely beautiful,” she wrote, as viewers took in her egg chair and outdoor rug, which was scattered with several large candles.

She then showed what the patio looked like before the makeover, explaining, “It’s a little different than the black-colored, seaweed-covered patio I started on this morning.”

Coming back to the newly improved appearance, she continued, “It’s lighter,” before adding that her next step is to finish the fences.

“I’ve had great results going from black to a light stone shade – preparation and a good primer are key!” she added in the caption.

People were quick to comment, with one person writing, “Love it, looks amazing.”

Another shared: “Ah that looks so lovely. What a great chill area,” said a third, “Thanks I really needed some inspiration for myself. And I love that.”

While a fourth asked: “I literally do the exact same thing!! Is it worth using the primer?

TikTok user @awhonewbuild replied, “Honestly I think it’s made a huge difference. Only two coats to cover black. While I do the fences without primer and need 5 coats for that.”

However, others warned her that the color would not last.

One wrote: “I would but I know next year will be ruined.”

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While another said: “I really regret painting my patio. It looks awful in winter and has had to be repainted every year. I ended up high pressure washing and sanding them down.”

She replied, “I agree. I wish we had tainted it the first time but in hindsight.”

Emma James

Emma James is a USTimesPost U.S. News Reporter based in London. His focus is on U.S. politics and the environment. He has covered climate change extensively, as well as healthcare and crime. Emma James joined USTimesPost in 2023 from the Daily Express and previously worked for Chemist and Druggist and the Jewish Chronicle. He is a graduate of Cambridge University. Languages: English. You can get in touch with me by emailing emmajames@ustimespost.com.

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