Outdoor Upgrade: Flip Your Old Deck Boards

We recently got a tip from a Re-nest reader about her friend who, instead of buying brand new boards to replace the old, beat-up boards on her deck, decided instead to give the deck a "face-lift" by prying up the existing boards and flipping them over! Totally thrifty and practical. We love it! Jump below for more pics.

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The owner blogged about it on DIY Domestic, and here's what she said:

The boards were put in with old nasty nails in need of being removed anyway so our plan was to use deck screws this time to attach the boards. Our only cost in this project was about $30 - $40 in deck screws and the cost of a new crow bar to replace my neighbors which we broke.
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The boards were not perfect on the flipped side but they were in a lot better condition than the side we had been using. A little bit of stain and they look brand new. It was a lot of work but so worth it. I love that the whole family worked on this together and that we saved a lot of money and lumber.

You can see more pictures at DIY Domestic and on her Flickr page.

Thanks, Emily!

(Originally published 2009-07-08 - CB)

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