A Mandala on Your Deck
Embellish a deck platform with chalky matte paint, semitransparent stain, and a freehand mandala
The Henna Treatment
No one says you have to paint the entire deck or worry too much about being able to draw like da Vinci. This freehand mandala is designed for relaxation, while you put it down as well as after. It was created by Brittany Bailey, who blogs at prettyhandygirl.com. After finding herself with a platform deck, its boards installed at a dynamic diagonal, Bailey conjured “an exotic staycation,” as she puts it. She scouted for a mandala-like pattern online, then grabbed chalk, string, pushpins, and a tape measure. Starting with a center point about two feet from the most prominent corner, she inscribed a half-dozen concentric circles, each a little farther out from the last. After that, she says, “a lot of doodling” ensued—and to nice effect.
One key, Bailey says, is to prestain the deck and use the same product as a protective top coat. (She used Thompson’s WaterSeal in Semi-Transparent Acorn Brown.) Also, get a friend to help; Bailey inveigled her sister. “Our goal was to make the deck a getaway, to transport you to Bali,” she says. Even if it doesn’t get you that far, when a mandala meets a fabric-hung pergola, you’ve still got an inviting outdoor room and a good reason to stay home.