Thompson’s WaterSeal Deck Makeover


(Thompson’s WaterSeal provided the products used to clean and stain our deck.  I was also compensated to review and write about the products used.  All opinions are our own and truthful.)

When we moved in 7 years ago, the deck was one of my favorite features of the home.

The traditional lines, large size, and beautiful staircase were striking.

The only problem, were the trees that covered it.  The droppings, shade, and just over growth in general, were over powering this beautiful cedar deck.

So, the first thing we did, was cut back the trees.  This helped, but over the years the wood still began to rot from not being treated.  The bones were good, but we had a lot of work to do to get it in good shape again.

So, yes…this makeover was a ton of work.  In fact it took us 2 Summers to complete.

However, what I’m really happy to tell you, is that we used some amazing products.  The hard part was replacing all of the rotted wood.  The easy part was using Thompson’s WaterSeal Products to not only protect the new wood, but to give the old wood new life.

This post does not focus on wood replacement.  My husband did that part and to be very honest, I have no idea how he did it.  The measuring, the cutting, the intense labor, the wasp stings…it’s not for the faint at heart.  He did not replace all of the wood, but approximately 30% is new wood.

When it comes to the “cleaning the new/old wood” part, and then “staining that wood”, I got you covered.


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Here’s the deck before.  We had tried another brand of stain last Summer, even before we had replaced the rotted wood, but it didn’t make any of the wood look warm, and pretty like we wanted.

It made it look very uneven, and grey.


Deck BEFORE Makeover


I’m happy to say that this is how the deck looks now!

Beautiful Deck Makeover by Thompson's WaterSeal

It looks so good, that we had an impromptu pizza party last weekend!

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Here’s another shocker before photo:

Deck BEFORE Stain

And the after shocker:

Thompson's WaterSeal Deck Makeover

And a little side show for you…

Thompson's WaterSeal Deck Cleaner & Stain

Here’s my husband replacing the rotted wood before we cleaned off the old stain.

Rick Saving the deck

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After the wood replacement was completed, he was so excited to try Thompson’s WaterSeal Heavy Duty Deck Cleaner.  My husband put himself through law school painting houses and power washing/staining decks.  His exact words: “It was the best deck stripper he has ever used.”

Clean the deck before staining:

(directions are clearly written on the can too)

1. Blow or sweep off all leaves and debris.

2. Spray surface of deck with water until it is saturated.

3. Using a pump sprayer, spray the deck with Thompson’s WaterSeal Heavy Duty Deck Cleaner until it is evenly coated.  Let sit for 15 minutes.  Be sure to mist it with water during the 15 minutes so it doesn’t dry.

4. Power wash that baby.

Find Thompson’s Heavy Duty Deck Cleaner here.

How to strip your deck of old stain and make it gorgeous again.

This is how it looked after it was clean…

Deck Makeover (after using Thompson's WaterSeal Deck Cleaner, and before applying stain)


Okay, back to work!

Maybe not right away, but after about 24-48 hours you can stain it!

Staining the deck:

1. Shake the cans and combine into a 5 gallon bucket.  That ensures one uniform color.

2. Use a good quality staining brush to brush it on heavily and evenly making sure it doesn’t pool.

3. If one coat doesn’t do it for you color wise, you can use *another coat.  That’s what we did.

*If you decide to do 2 coats, when you brush it on, you may notice beads.  Keep brushing through until it soaks into the first coat.

Find Thompson’s Waterproofing Wood Stain(s) here (this is what we used).

Amazing Deck Transformation Using Thompson's WaterSeal Products

A couple days after we finished, it rained and this is what I saw…

Wow, just look at that water protection.

Thompson's WaterSeal Deck Stain

The last thing we had to do, was paint our railings with white stain.

Ahhhhh…what a site.

(yes, I still have a crush on my husband)

Rick painting deck today

So, here we are.  At the end.

We couldn’t be happier with the results.

Thank you Thompson’s WaterSeal.

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Thompson's WaterSeal Deck Makeover





Enter Giveaway here:

When: July 24-July 31 2015

Prize Package: Thompson’s WaterSeal Heavy Duty Deck Cleaner (4 gallons) & Thompson’s WaterSeal Waterproofing Stain (4 gallons).

Who: 3 random winners will be chosen by the Rafflecopter on July 31st.  You must be 18 years of age and reside in the US (prize will be shipped in US only).

Good luck!


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62 Responses

  1. Our deck is in serious need of a makeover, and I’d love to use this on it! Julie, your deck turned out beautiful!

  2. Your deck looks beautiful! I definitely would love some Thompsons to make over my deck!

  3. kristin says:

    your deck is so pretty, I love how new everything looks with that awesome deck cleaner and seal! You have such a pretty property looking over the water!

  4. Wow, Julie, it turned out so beautiful! What an amazing difference. Definitely worth the time and effort. We don’t have a deck but I use similar boards for my photography backdrops and they are in serious need of refinishing.

  5. Jenna says:

    Julie, WOW! That deck looks amazing now. The stairs are just stunning!

  6. Your deck looks absolutely amazing, Julie! The right product can make a world of difference (plus a lot of hard work with the replacement aspect of it!). Such an inspiration.

    p.s. My dream house has a deck so I’ll remember this for when I move in. 😉

  7. BJ says:

    I follow your page and am amazed at how beautiful your deck looks now. We have a large deck on the back of our house, which faces west, in North Florida. Needless to say the sun plays havoc with it every year, so we could use the Thompson products!!

  8. Jennifer Reynolds says:

    My mother’s actually needs refinishing, this would be great for it and save her money!

  9. susan says:

    Your deck is gorgeous Julie! You can tell a lot of work went into this project and it paid off!

  10. heather says:

    Julie! It looks SOOO good!! You guys must be thrilled. We are going through the same project right now…and I KNOW how much work it is. Hope you guys get some good enjoyment out of it this summer 🙂

  11. Kimberley Thomas says:

    I will try the new Thompsons Water Seal in the spray form on some antique wood pieces I use in the summer . I am so excited about this great way to preserve my treasures AND my deck !

  12. Nikki says:

    I did this to my old house deck and it looked new when I finished. We’ve been in our new house for 3 years now and its time to do it here.

  13. It looks fantastic Julie! All that hard work paid off. What a happy place to enjoy your beautiful view!

  14. Jeannie says:

    We just built a huge deck and this would be very welcome when are ready to seal it. Very timely!

  15. dina says:

    Wow, looks fantastic. I have a two leveled deck we need to clean and stain. It sure is a lot of work! Hopefully soon.

  16. Tammy says:

    Looks awesome! Ours is in need of some help!

  17. Becky Weber says:

    Your deck looks amazing! Our decks need a lot of help. It would be so great to win!

  18. Your deck is stunning and I love the warm color that you used! I would spend all my time on that deck! Our little back deck could use some freshening up!

  19. I would stain my deck. Your husband did a great job on your deck.

  20. Your deck looks absolutely stunning…..we need to do this to our deck!

  21. Kathy E. says:

    Rick did a bang-up job of fixing up your deck! He’s a cutie in your photos and looks almost like he’s enjoying himself! If I win the Thompson package, I’m going to hire Rick to work on our deck…I know how much work it is! Our 2 story deck is ready for a re-do, for sure.

  22. Linda Greiss says:

    Your deck looks absolutely fabulous! What an awesome husband you have! Thanks for the instructions.

  23. What a project… but what GREAT results… looks amazing!!!

  24. carol bittner says:

    This is just unbelievable…….I know a lot of work went into the job; it is truly beautiful!! Entertaining must be so much fun now.

  25. Donna Phelps says:

    What a beautiful job and I am sure Thompson’s really made it all worth while.I am sure your husband is proud. My daughter just moved to a home on the beach with a deck that could use some work. I entered your giveaway but sorry, I don’t have an Instagram or Twitter account.

  26. Sandi Allen says:

    Your deck turned out Beautiful! Thank You for sharing how to refinish decks. My deck could so use an uplift. It’s very nasty looking right now and moldy on the one side. This sure would help out in refinishing it. Thank You for the chance to win! Fingers crossed!

  27. Kim Potts says:

    Our deck is in terrible need of refinishing. We used Behr products and were very disappointed in the time that it took to wear off! Especially the area where we walk the most. Anxious to try Thompson’s products.

  28. christy says:

    Your outdoor space is beautiful and that view!!

  29. Debbie Greene says:

    I had a deck built 1 1/2 years ago that has never been sealed. As a widowed Nanna of identical twin boys, other expenses have always taken priority. I would love to be able to seal my deck and bring the wood back to life.

  30. Kathy says:

    My deck desperately needs these products! Here’s to hoping…

  31. Shirley says:

    Julie…what an amazing deck transformation….in the past we have always used Thompson’s Water Seal….an amazing product….Great job…the deck is gorgeous….goes with your gorgeous view!

  32. Kathryn says:

    My decks are in desperate need of help! Thompson’s to the rescue, please!

  33. Anjie Behunin says:

    We have been trying to decide if it is time to sell our
    home and are leaning towards staying but updating it. The deck seriously needs redoing, whether we stay or go. These products would help us either sell the house, or enjoy it if we stay! Thanks for the chance to win!

  34. girlfromwva says:

    would use it on the front and back porches. and on my daughter’s birdfeeders & drawer table!

  35. Cheryl siciliano says:

    my deck is purple! Husband surprised me!!!
    I would do my deck to look like cedar

  36. Shirley says:

    Back deck put on 2 years ago …still have to get it treated ..this would help me immensely !

  37. Amanda Blachuta says:

    Looks great! Hope mine will end up looking as good as yours?

  38. PJ says:

    Great Job! I know it’s a lot of work because my daughter & I did this to our deck (about 50 ft long with double steps) up in Mi when my husband took a new job in Ga. Great Products!

  39. ColleenB.~Texas says:

    would use it to do our shadow box fence.
    thank you for this giveaway opportunity

  40. Cheryl says:

    We have a covered patio with a lot of wood! Would love to win to give it a fresh new look!

  41. Dinelle says:

    This is exactly what needs to be done at our kids house. I would love to win this and surprise them. Your desks look like new now.

  42. DebF says:

    I redid my deck last year with another brand – it is very uneven looking and I was not impressed at all – Thompsons could make this single mother’s deck look fabulous!!

  43. libby rouse says:

    My deck is pitiful looking, I need this!!

  44. Cali L says:

    Ohh…looks so good! My hubby and I desperatley need to refinish our deck!

  45. Cindy A. says:

    I would most definitely use Thompson’s WaterSeal to refinish our deck!

  46. Cheryl Schlick says:

    Your deck turned out amazing! Our deck is in serious need of refinishing also.

  47. Donnamae says:

    Our deck…12 years old…is in serious need of a redo. Just what you described in your post…we need to do, starting with replacing some rotten boards. Thanks for the opportunity! 😉

  48. Janice says:

    Wow Julie. You guys did a fantastic job. I wish could rescue my deck. We started stripping it last month and I am just sick. It looks terrible. We stopped just before Father’s Day and I am at loss to figure what to do next. Hopefully, we’ll get back to it soon or maybe we’ll just let the Chicago/Northwest Indiana winter snow cover it until next spring. I can look at your deck and dream about the possibilities.

  49. Shirley Watkins says:

    Thank you for this opportunity to win this deck make-over p ackage. Our deck is so-o-o sad! I started cleaning it with bleach and a scrub brush/broom last year. Do I need to say that that job is still not finished. So would really appreciate the Thompson’s Water Seal to finish our deck.

  50. Judy says:

    Your deck looks gorgeous — lots of work, but a big payoff. If I won, I’d give the products to my son. He’s planning to refinish his deck this summer. His deck is pounded with sun and rain every year. Good products like Thompson’s should help protect it.

  51. Amy K says:

    I so want to give that white stain a try. It looks so pretty on your railings. Great Job!

  52. Jeanine says:

    We just bought our house had to tear off a HUGE deck because the person who built it didn’t put flashing or Tyvek behind the faceboard and used non-outdoor type plywood. It was completely rotted all the way to the insulation and drywall inside. We will be reusing the deck wood to rebuild a very small porch. The wood is gross and dirty because noone ever took care of it. This would DEFINITELY come in handy!!

  53. Becky Reavis says:

    Our old deck is peeling and needs a good cleaning and restaining. Thanks for the chance to win.

  54. Teresa says:

    Your deck is gorgeous! I would love to try the Thompsons cleaner and sealant. I have a deck that has been flagged by the local code compliance because of peeling paint. It looks like this product might be what I need for my problem. I’m getting tired of painting it all the time. Thanks for the suggestion.

  55. Jeanne Goldthwait says:

    what color did you use for your deck? i don’t see that mentioned, it does look great!

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