Hello fellow DIYers! After sharing our new and improved deck space last week, several of you mentioned you would be interested in seeing how we stained our deck. Well, lucky friends, here is the super exciting deck staining post!
First let’s look take another quick look back and see how this deck looked just a couple of months ago:
And here is how it looks today:
Huge improvement! Of course the new and updated patio furniture and decor does wonders ( I shared those HERE and HERE if you missed those posts.), but none of it would look as nice if we hadn’t addressed that nasty old deck first!
When we bought our house last Summer, the deck looked like it hadn’t been touched in years, and we knew that would be a project for this year. I’ve included a few affiliate links so you can find the products I used.
So here is what we used to get our deck back in shape:
1. Pressure washer. We purchased ours several years ago for $99 but it is no longer available for sale. This one I linked to is comparable at the same price and gets great reviews.
2. Thompson’s WaterSeal Waterproofer plus Semi-Transparent Wood Stain in Desert Brown…I found this color at Walmart. (Warning: this product did not get great reviews!)
4. Extension Pole I used my old paint roller extension pole…they should be universal if you already have one.
5. Shur-line Trim and Touch up Pad (2) (These worked fantastic on all those spindles.)
We started by giving the deck a good cleaning with our pressure washer. There is a compartment for adding a cleaning solution, but we just used plain water.
Big difference! Pressure washing basically took it back to the original finish. Here is what our deck looked like after it had dried:
And up close:
Almost like new, right?
Time for stain! Your deck surface should be completely dry for at least 48 hours before staining. (If you are staining a brand new deck, you will want to wait around six weeks for the new wood to thoroughly dry so it takes the stain properly.)
When we finally got a clear enough weekend to start the staining process, I gave the deck a good sweeping first to remove any debris.
The stain I chose to use is Thompson’s Waterseal Waterproofer plus Semi-Transparent Wood Stain in Desert Brown:
They have four different coverages: clear, tinted, semi-transparent, and solid. We decided to go with the semi-transparent coverage. (No affiliation.)
HUGE FYI: In full disclosure, this stain did not get great reviews, and of course it was too late when I discovered that. I figured they have been in business for years so it has to be good stuff, right? I guess I will get to see for myself how this product will hold up. For now it looks fantastic. I will say that our last deck also needed to be touched up every year and we used a different product. I will definitely come back and report how it has held up for us!
What I hope will be super helpful from this post are the products I used to apply our stain, like this this pad applicator from Shur-line:
Shur-line sent me several products a couple of years ago and I still had a couple of these that I had never used. I am under NO obligation to rave about their products at all, but they worked fantastically! These are actually intended for paint, but these worked perfectly with the stain as well. They do actually make a version specifically for using on your deck HERE that are a little larger, but I liked the size of the ones I used.
I used this deck pad and one refill to stain all of our deck surfaces except the spindles.
They have a sponge-like surface so they hold quite a bit of stain, helping to give quick coverage to a large area at a time.
I used this smaller version for the spindles:
Each package of these smaller ones comes with a refill pad. I used two packages of them to stain all the spindles on our deck. They worked better than anything else I could think of for tackling that tedious chore.
Then I attached an extension pole to the end of the larger paint pad, and that made quick work of the deck floor:
Thompson’s recomends only using one coat, unless you want a darker look, then you can add a second coat after two hours, but within four hours of applying the first coat. The stain dried really quickly and the next morning, water was beading up all over the surface!
When deciding on a stain color, I wanted something that would tie in nicely with the brick color, and I think this was a great match:
This color went on with almost a purplish hue and had me worried for a minute, but the can warns that it will look different when it dries, and sure enough it did, Whew.
We couldn’t be more pleased with the results!
I can’t speak for how well this stain will hold up, but I guess time will tell. So far, so good!
I hope this was helpful!
I’ll be back on Thursday with my Furniture Fixer Upper girls sharing this pretty curvy serpentine dresser:
Till then, my friends! 🙂
UPDATE: No need to come back…see how this pretty lady looks now HERE!
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