How to Paint Your Own Deck

Paint Your Own Deck

A plain wooden deck can be a frustrating aspect of any home, not to mention a total eyesore if the color of the wood’s finish doesn’t match the exterior paint of the home.

If you follow these tips and tricks, you’ll be able to turn your deck into a color that you’re bound to enjoy.

Mismatched Colors

Ordinarily, people jump at the chance to have a deck with a natural wood finish put in. However, when that natural wood is a color that clashes with the exterior paint and design of the home, problems can arise.

However, the solution is relatively straight-forward: just paint it!

Practical Painting

Exterior painting projects can be quite challenging when compared to interior painting. With a deck, it’s not as simple as just applying some primer and throwing some paint on. There’s a lot more to it than that.

First, you’re going to want to wash every nook and cranny of the deck from top to bottom and side to side. Power wash it if you can. Once it’s clean, add in a mold-deterrent to prevent mold from building up underneath the finished coats. Sand the surfaces until smooth.

Next, add a layer or two of primer before painting. The paint that you use should be explicitly designed for outdoor use, or else it will likely peel off and get destroyed at the first sign of poor weather.


It’s a lot more complicated than you first thought, isn’t it? Maybe, maybe not! All that really matters is that you follow the advice given in this guide. From there, it’s only as complicated as you make it!