Pergola and Deck Progress

6.23.2015

I thought I would update y'all on the big deck and pergola project. Things have really moved along nicely.

The columns have been beefed up.

This is how it looked when I shared it last time.

Decorative supports have been added. Mr. Savvy designed these himself and there will be more added on each side for more support. He needs more lumber.

Top braces were added.

Here is a better look at the support.

And if you follow me on Instagram you know that we started staining over the weekend. We are having extreme heat so we worked in the mornings and then went in during the hottest time of the day and then got back at it in the shady areas after 4. On Saturday we had a lot of clouds and even a couple rain showers that didn't last long so we worked most of the day. 

I found muscles that I forgot I had after working all weekend. I also felt a pop and a sharp pain for just a minute at the top of my rib cage and not sure if I cracked a rib or what? It has caught me a few more times with certain moves, but otherwise is okay. I was leaning over the rail painting the other side when it happened. I screamed out when it happened and hubby didn't know what was wrong and it took me a second to answer him since the pain caught me off guard.
We decided to use a solid stain by Behr which is supposed to last ten years, which I seriously doubt in the super hot sun we get out here, but we'll see. The color is chocolate. 

I shared more pics on Instagram so be sure to follow me there for behind the scenes around here.

Most of the staining is done, but we still have a bit more to do. The floor has one coat rolled on, but the cutting in has not been done nor the cracks between the boards. I did most of the steps, but have a few more to go since it got dark on us. 

I'm so excited at how good it is looking. 
The mister said, "Wow it looks better painted!" And I said, "Yep that's the power of paint!"

Furniture has been ordered and shipped and I have been choosing accessories.
I can't wait to see it all come together.

If it doesn't rain this weekend, but it is called for, Mr. Savvy will start tearing up our backyard to get it ready for new sod.
It will be nice not looking at dirt and weeds anymore.

 If y'all have anything new to share I hope you will come back here tonight and join Wow Us Wednesdays at 7pmET.

Happy Tuesday and keep cool!

34 comments:

  1. I hope you're okay! The pergola looks awesome ... I know how excited you must be! Look forward to seeing it all dressed up. :)

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  2. Love it when it all comes together! Sorry to hear that you pulled a muscle , it can happen so easy. I though I popped a rib when turning a mattress but found out from the doctor that I just pulled a muscle ...It hurt like !!!!!! It's exciting to have another room come together.

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  3. Kim, I can feel your excitement! Progress is being made and I know you will enjoy it so much! Hope that pain gets better! Have a great Tuesday! Pam (everydayliving.me)

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  4. I can imagine some long calgon baths happening during this process. But I am sure you pains of labor are worth it as the pergola is looking pretty wonderful....love the stain color....a great name for it!

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  5. That looks so good so far! I'd love to redo our porch with a pergola. Can't wait to see it all done and pulled together. I hope you heal without any more issues.

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  6. one thing I heard is you are not to stain new wood for 6 to 12 months so the wood can dry out and get use to the weather changes. we have a deck that we are redoing and going to wait tell next year to stain it.

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    1. Angela yes for pressure treated wood you should wait a few months. This new lumber is in such extreme sun and heat that it is drying out quickly and already has developed cracks. We chose not to wait and the only new lumber is the pergola and a few steps. The rest is super old.

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  7. Oh, Kim, it's looking good! We're having our deck re-done right now. . . it's been SLOW going in this awful heat. We won't have a wonderful pergola like yours, but our screened porch is connected to the deck, so it should be nice when all is done. Now if I just had you to help me decorate it! :)

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  8. Hope you aren't as sore, a pulled muscle is no fun! It's really coming together!

    I've used the same stain from Behr and I'll just say this, write down the color and take a close look at about year four. That's what we're at and while the majority of it looks good, the edges are definitely looking ragged so I'm crossing my fingers we can get away with either repainting at the end of the season or the beginning of next season.

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  9. Looking so good! can't wait to see in all finished. Hope you are ok...good luck with finishing up!

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  10. Oh, it is looking wonderful. You are really going to love it.

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  11. Looking great so far Kim-cant wait to see it all done!

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  12. Looks really awesome and I'm caught up in your excitement as well! Kudos! www.intheknowwithro.blogspot.com

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  13. What a wonderful place to relax this will be.

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  14. Kim,
    You might need to get an adjustment from a Chiropractor or even a D.O. doc that knows manipulation. With a simple adjustment, that sharp pain can go away for good. (just a suggestion) Love the deck progress. :) (upcycleaddit.com) I've been a fan for years.

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    1. Sherry, it's actually much better today. Thanks for the suggestion.

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  15. It is looking great Kim! It is fun to watch the progress.

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  16. Looking good Kim. I love the color.
    Kris

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  17. Looks wonderful,all that hard work paying off,hope you didn't really hurt yourself bad. I live in Okla. and it has been hot here too,been trying to paint my old metal chairs.

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  18. This looks so great! The beefier post are wonderful, and when it's all done you will so enjoy this spot. Looking forward to seeing the fully "done" post and photos! Inviting you to meet southern designer Eric Ross on our blog today...

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  19. Love the color of the stain! Take it easy so you'll be able to enjoy the deck when it's all done.

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  20. Looking good Kim!! Pergolas and arbors add so much charm and architectural interest - in all seasons. Looking forward to seeing the finished results!! ~julie

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  21. You are a better woman than I, Kim!!! I am so jealous (in the best of ways) that you have a gorgeous pergola. I would love one! Take good care of yourself. I've broken many ribs and that is just how they sound... pop! Take care!

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  22. Looking forward to the reveal! Sheila

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  23. It is looking wonderful! Kim, I had a weird thing happen to me like that with a rib many years ago when I was younger, trying out Pilates. It still occurs sometimes....I think it is called a moving rib ? Whatever, it is not pleasant when it crops up! Take care : )

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  24. You know- I came here earlier today and when I clicked off I thought- Darn it! I think I clicked off before I hit PUBLISH on my comment. Anyway,. that is looking really great. You hubby did a great job and your painting it makes a world of difference to the looks of it. I bet you will really enjoy using that area once you are done out there. xo Diana

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  25. The back deck looks great. I saw some of the work on Instagram you both did an awesome.....sorry to hear you did a wrong move and got hurt.. Hopefully it will heal quickly. Take care.
    Have a great day.

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  26. Oh, everything is looking so nice! Mr. Savvy is amazing--and the painting is looking great. Can't wait to see the furniture. Hope you feel better.

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  27. oh no. nothing like an injury in a middle of a project you are busting out to finish. i seriously can not wait to see this come together. I bet you can't either.

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    1. Sure thing as soon as I'm through with him. :)

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  29. My dining room looks similar to yours in anticipation for the completion of ours!! In fact, some of my things look just like yours!! I broke 10 ribs at one time several years back and I don't think there's anything that hurts worse!! Can't wait to see finished pictures of how you used some of the same things I'm using!! I love your projects!!

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  30. It looks great. It's going so nice to sit under your pergola with some sweet tea in the evening!

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