how to stain a deck – DIY tips and tricks…
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And before we get too knee deep in staining this deck, here are all the sources referenced in this post:
Deck staining supplies needed and sources for this outdoor space:
- gas powered leaf blower
- painter’s plastic
- painter’s tape
- paint sprayer
- deck stain (we used Cabot solid acrylic deck stain in “Seacoast Gray”)
- contrasting deck stain for trim (we used Cabot solid acrylic deck stain in “White)
- paint brush (my old-faithful favorite one is linked)
- paint roller on an extension pole
- gas power washer
- deck washer brush attachment
- Joola outdoor table tennis table (does double duty as our outdoor dining table)
- firepit with seating
- personalized home state outdoor pillows
If you’ve been following the makeover of our outdoor living space, then you may recall where we started. A massive amount of fire engine red wooden deck, ala 1988.
And even though this thing sits a measly two feet off the ground, it had more bars than a state penitentiary. #safetyfirst people.
But you see, we’re not THOSE kind of people. Safety conscious, lovers of the color red, prison-chic-fan-club-members…NONE of those things.
And there was a lot to do, because this deck was GROSS, and starting to rot. Because of its’ condition, there was a decent amount of prep work and deck maintenance involved with this project. We talked about that in an earlier post, if you’re interested in the nitty-gritty.
But that is all behind us now, and it’s GO time. We checked the weather forecast, and since everything looked sunny for a couple of days straight, we used the leaf blower to get any leaves, etc off the already prepped deck.
Then, we used painters’ plastic to cover anything that could be in the line of the paint spray fire. That part took a bit of time…
When you’re staining a deck using Cabot products, you have access to their customer service via phone…and you’ll get a real, live person on the other end who knows a lot about deck stain.
I’m telling you, they were VERY helpful throughout this process. Try calling them if you’re considering staining a deck yourself…1-800-US-STAIN.
The team at Cabot even helped direct us to the best sprayer for our particular project, which was this HomeRight Titanium Series Heavy Duty Airless Sprayer. Pure awesome. This thing saved us HOURS of our lives.
The paint sprayer worked so well. We did a wooden deck staining project a couple of years back with just a roller, and I’m telling you, this sprayer cut the time commitment for this project by probably 50-70%. It was unreal.
I had some volunteers to help me with the back-brushing, which Cabot recommended we do. Sometimes, we’d use a brush, or we had a roller that I put on an extension pole so that no one needed to bend down to do that piece.
Coverage was something I was very concerned about since the red color on this deck was so prominent. I was really worried that a stain wouldn’t cover all the red.
Especially since we wanted to go lighter in color…the Seacoast Gray on the deck boards, and white for the wood trim.
But it did the job wonderfully. The image above is after spraying ONE coat of white. I honestly didn’t really even need to do the second coat.
Husband texted me in the middle of the project to see how it was going…here’s our convo:
Seriously guys, if you have a project this big, do yourself a favor, and spring for the sprayer. You won’t be sorry. And cheap stain ain’t cheap if you gotta turn around and repeat the whole painful process next year. For real.
And here it is, after it’s facelift. This wooden deck now puts a smile on my face. Next comes the really fun part…dressing Cinderella up for the ball.
That starts with a fun new purchase…and it just got delivered today.
Stay tuned for more soon…we’ll have pergolas and fun patio furniture, complete with a campfire and smores and the whole nine. And…
Check out these SUPER cute pillows that just arrived from one of my FAVE Etsy shops, Finch & Cotter!
We may be maniacs, but we’re getting there.
Links to the rest of the DIY deck series below!