Today’s post actually started last year when we need to find a spot to store our trailer for the winter. We decided the best place to store it would on the left side of the house in the “fern jungle” since it would be out-of-the-way there, yet still easily accessible. To get the trailer into position we needed to fit it between the deck and a neighboring tree. In order to accomplish this we had two options…A) remove the tree or B) remove the railing. We went with option B (you can not see it at the end of this post).
This should have been an easy task but it turned into one heck of a headache. Most of the screws were rusted and/or stripped so we ended up having to break them off. We did our best not to damage the railing in the process, since we wanted to reuse it until we get around to rebuilding the deck.
The railing was looking pretty weathered so I wanted to repaint it before we reattached it. I decided to try something a little more fun than black and after browsing the spray paint section of Home Depot I knew that Rust-oleum’s Satin Lagoon was the one.
Now that we had all the supplies I was eager to get started (and to finish before the first snow fall)! The perfect day finally came a few weeks ago. The sun was shining, there was a slight breeze, it wasn’t too hot or humid and it was a Sunday (currently our only day off). It couldn’t have gotten much better, but then it did, because my sister came over to help!
Since we need a large work area I put a tarp and a sheet of plastic out on the yard (in order to protect the grass from the spray paint). Next, Peddy and I carried the railing onto the tarp/plastic combo. My sister and I started to remove the peeling paint using some metal brushes I’d picked up for the job and a putty knife we had around the house. We spent a few hours scraping off as much of the peeling paint as possible before moving on. We made sure to flip the railing over after we completed the each side before moving onto the next step. Once the scraping was done we decided it would be best to sand the railing in order to remove as much rust as possible before spray painting. I knew we had some sandpaper lying around at the house, so to avoid an additional trip to the Home Depot I dug around and found some 30-grit sandpaper. It was coarse enough to get the job done but it would have been nice to have something a little coarser.
When we were done sanding both sides of the railing we corralled as much debris as we could onto one corner of the plastic and looked the railing over once more. (I figured the only way I could really screw this up would be to miss something during this step.) Luckily there were just a couple small spots to touch up, because both my sister and I were ready to move on!
I did most of the spray painting since I had somehow forgotten to grab masks for us to wear and didn’t want my sister inhaling a bunch of chemicals (but I couldn’t deprive her completely… we had prepped for this moment all day, plus our ventilation was pretty good!). After the first coat was on we took a break and let it dry for about 45-minutes, then we flipped the railing over to paint the other side. We stuck to our system and painted the entire railing with one coat before moving onto a second. By the time the first coat was on both sides, it was dinner time and we needed more spray paint, so we called it a day.
We let the railing dry for the recommended 24-hours before moving it back to the deck. I still need to touch up a few areas and paint the stair rail but so far I think it looks great. I love the little bit of color it adds to the front of the house, without being too crazy, and I’m curious to see what it will look like surrounded by snow.
Anyone else trying to finish a last-minute outdoor projects before winter sets in? The mad dash is on at our house now!