After a lot of research, and looking at online reviews, etc, we reached out to Cabot to collaborate on this project. Their customer service is phenomenal.

There are a lot of products out there for exterior projects, and they helped us decide on the best product for our deck, which was their solid acrylic deck stain.

 
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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.

 

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Ahhh, opening that first can of Seacoast Gray stain was like a serious breath of fresh air.

 

 
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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.

 

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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.

 

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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.

 

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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.

 

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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.

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Husband texted me in the middle of the project to see how it was going…here’s our convo:

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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.

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That starts with a fun new purchase…and it just got delivered today.

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Stay tuned for more soon…we’ll have pergolas and fun patio furniture, complete with a campfire and smores and the whole nine. And…

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Check out these SUPER cute pillows that just arrived from one of my FAVE Etsy shops, Finch & Cotter!

Staining your own deck provides a FANTASTIC makeover, prolongs the life of your deck, AND is TOTALLY do-able for a fraction of the cost it would cost you to hire out the job, but careful preparation is key! Learn how with this tutorial series at Heathered NestPin

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About Heather Thibodeau

A former doctor of physical therapy, Heather Thibodeau went from rehabilitating people to homes as the primary creative force behind the DIY and home decorating website, The Heathered Nest.

With her work being published both in print and online in places such as Better Homes & Gardens, House Beautiful, Good Housekeeping, Real Simple and more, Heather's goal is to help people create a home they love, one DIY project at a time.

Heather spends her spare time writing about family travel to US national parks at her other website, National Parks Mom. Check it out!

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Comments

  1. Larissa Prodigal Pieces says

    That red is soooo….red. I can totally understand why you're going lighter and I can't wait to see the final reveal! Keep up the awesome work (psst…I love my HomeRight sprayers too!).

  2. Nikki @ Tikkido says

    Oh man, I wish I'd had a sprayer when I refinished a deck HALF that size! (So many bars, too. So, so many.) Love the white!

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