I wish that I had taken photos of the "Before before" I spent my whole summer sanding and painting this deck. These before pictures are just the before painting before pictures.
I sanded for a few weeks, got pneumonia because I failed to wear a dust mask. Recovered from that and sanded another week and a half before I got to this stage. I was sanding while the kids were at school. Mia came home and asked why I was coughing. I told her that it was because I had been sanding and didn't use a mask, so I came down with pnuemonia. She asked if I had sanded that day and I said yes. She said, "Did you use a mask?" I told her I did and she said, "Well, I am glad to see that you learned something."
It took me 3 weeks, starting at 9 in the morning and ending at 2:30 in the afternoon, so I would be available when Jared got home from school, to get this deck painted. Overall I am really happy with how it turned out. It was a lot of work and it feels great to go out on the deck and appreciate all the hard work I put into it.
Don't mind all the weeds, that will have to be a project for next year. Who am I kidding? It will probably be a project for the next 5 years.