June 26, 2013

the deck a year later - restore armor review

We've been spending a lot of time outside this week. One of the benefits to potty training in the summer  is enjoying the privacy of your own backyard in your underwear. We get a lot of fresh air and accidents are a lot easier to take on the grass than on my rug. Too much information first thing? Moving on.

So with all of this outside time, we've been using the deck like crazy. In fact, we've used the deck more this spring/summer than we have the whole time we've lived here. And since I still get questions weekly about our deck makeover (read about it here), I thought I would give a progress report.

This is how the deck looked when we finished it exactly one year ago this week.

And this is how the deck looked yesterday. I took my flower boxes down during the last storm and haven't put them back up, and we have an umbrella now, but otherwise these shots are just like the Olsen twins - identical...and a bit boho.

Oh, and one side note - I failed to sweep sufficiently before I took these pictures so enjoy the real life shots. And if you are disgusted by my lack of sweeping, the public flogging is tomorrow at noon.

I am happy to report that we are thrilled with our decision to use Restore Deck Liquid Armor Resurfacer.  (I see that this is a Rustoleum product which might explain why it is so awesome. Rustoleum, I'm happy to become your spokeswoman and I'm not above wearing a spray paint costume on the streets to sing your praises.)

Our deck is pummeled on an hourly basis by several 100+ year old oak trees, a small sanctuary full of birds (thanks to my neighbor and his damn bird feeder) and at least a pound of sidewalk chalk. And it is as if we just painted yesterday.

The color is gray for the many that have asked. And yes, it is just 'gray'. I even double checked the box to make sure. I guess I have gotten used to Benjamin Moore and their snazzy paint names, I'm not used to such a straight forward paint color.

Many have also asked how the texture feels on bare feet. I will tell you that initially there was a bit of a pebbly feel to the floor but quickly that hard texture softened and over time it has just gotten more and more comfortable. As someone who is barefoot as much as the law allows from March to October, I would never allow something that I walk on several times a day to be scratchy or uncomfortable. And Eve has spent a fair amount of time with her bare bum on that floor this week (again, potty training) and has been nothing but smiles. How's that for a ringing endorsement.

That texture is also a help in the rain and ice as it gives you just enough traction to prevent slipping. And it also stays nice and cool to the touch. A very big deal in a place where we have 90+ temps for months on end.

That hard candy shell also does a great job of protecting the finish. Over the past year we've had a few hard storms that have sent pretty big branches straight onto our deck and there is not one mark to show for it. We also kept our table on it throughout the winter and when we picked it up to move it for the party there was not one mark on the deck. Super durable is an understatement. There has been no chipping, peeling, bubbling or any other 'ing'.

The only negative I can come up with is that it does seem to trap dirt a bit in high traffic areas. But it is nothing that a strong hose can't handle. We've power washed it twice and both times the dirt came up with no problems. In fact, when I was at Home Depot the other day I noticed Restore now has a cleaning solution. Fancy. I haven't tried that out yet but I have plans to over the holiday. Do I know how to celebrate America or what?

Oh, and for all of those that were crazed over the fact that we didn't put the stair railings back up...

happy now?

We got that up right before the hospital stay/party. The other side of the railing will come, someday.

So to recap - Restore Liquid Deck Armor is aces. I give it two thumbs up and I would recommend it to any and all of you.

Have you tried any new products lately? Any plans to update your deck? Any ideas on how to hide my neighbors bird feeder?


  1. Love the GRAY! simple and straightforward! Decktime is my favorite!! xo

  2. I love the grey!! My new fave color! and love that is its name :) Lovely deck area!! I adore being barefoot as well and thanks for the intro to this new product. I will keep it in mind.

  3. I was just eyeing that product! I'm so glad to hear you like it. Your deck looks amazing, I love the gray and white!

  4. How brilliant....calling gray...gray! This deck is still one of my all time favorite makeovers. Glad to hear you are using it a lot. Wear that baby out.

  5. I would pay good money to see you in a Rust-Oleum spray paint can costume. Halloween, perhaps?

    But, seriously, your deck looks great! Love the striped umbrella!

  6. Your deck looks great! I love the bright blue chairs, they're an awesome pop of color. And, I love the white table and umbrella.

    I love spending lots of time on the patio or screened porch in the summer time.



  7. Very interesting! I had not heard of this product, thanks Elizabeth!

  8. If we had a deck, I would buy that stuff. You are one fabulous spokesperson!!!
    It looks great.....have fun with the PT. Remember when she's in high school she will be trained!

  9. If I had your deck, I'd be out there ALL the time -- so pretty!

  10. Last May I was egging my hubby to re-finish our deck with me using this product - Home depot sales guy really gave a good talk on this and it has won me over. Time constraints have put this plan aside but I'll show him your post one of these days and it may convince him otherwise. :-)

  11. Beautiful! I feel like gray can last through the ages you know? Such a lovely place to hang out!

  12. Nothing betas sitting out on the deck on a nice summer night :)

  13. Gorgeous! You just know it was a bunch of guys who came up with the paint name: "So what should we call it?" "Um. How bout 'gray'?" "Marketing meeting wrapped up, lets go get some beer!"

    I'm jealous you get to spend so much time outdoors... I'll take your crazy summer heat for our just-about-manageable-to-sit-outside-without-a-jacket 3 weeks. Our planned deck extension is never gonna happen!!


  14. It still does look fancy now! I am happy you didn't sweep before the photos. I'm sure you spent time cleaning up other things instead given your current task....

  15. I love the deck and your set up! Looks great especially the blue chairs. fun!

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  17. With all the pelting your deck got in a year, I'd have expected it to show a bit of wear and tear, but it's still pretty much the same. I'm impressed! I definitely understand why you love spending time out there. -Marilee @ 5th Generation Contracting

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  19. I applied Rust-Oleum Restore to my deck mid August 2013.
    We followed the manufacture's instructions religiously. We also watched their video for product application. We used Rust-Oleum deck cleaner for preparation and their special roller for application.
    Fast forward to March 2014 and this stuff is peeling and cracking everywhere.
    The failure mode is either peeling up in large sheets or it crumbles when you step on it.
    The major problem is that in sections of the deck where it neither peels nor crumbles, its removal is all but impossible without destroying the wood decking.
    The only thing I can do now is pull up the fir decking and either replace it (very expensive) or turn the decking over, put it back down and use a conventional stain (labor intensive).
    Needless to say, "I am not happy".
    Please do not simply believe what I say. Verify this for yourself.
    Go to:
    Home Depot Customer Reviews:

    Amazon Customer Reviews:

    Most Importantly: Rust-Oleum’s Facebook Page

    See the hundreds of Horror stories


  20. I seriously love how your deck turned out! I've been wanting to do something similar with my deck, because I feel like the one I've got now is just old and dated. How much did this whole thing end up costing you?


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