How to Stain a Deck

We’ve stained our deck three times since we moved in (once per summer), and we finally have it down to a science. It’s an afternoon project that makes a BIG difference. And you feel accomplished…a rare feat in home improvement!

Here’s my quick and dirty how-to-stain-your-deck-in-an-afternoon directions:

1.) Power wash your deck. Do it. It makes a difference. Sure it’s a pain and you might not have a power washer handy, but borrow one. It creates a nice “blank slate” to work with.

deck-before-close-up

deck-after-powerwashing

2.) Clean and scrub. Give your deck a nice long bath. We use Behr’s 2-in-1 Wood Prep mix. It gets rid of the grim and truly preps the wood for a new coat of stain. Hose off your deck to get rid of any leftover suds and let the deck completely dry.

deck-stain

deck-cleaning

deck-washing-off-cleaner

3.) Stain away. We chose Behr’s Semi-Transparent Deck, Fence and Siding Wood stain in coffee. Our deck is fairly old, and we’ve found that the darker the stain, the easier it is to cover imperfections in the wood. We use one paint brush for those hard to reach places and one Shur-Line Deck Pad. This is a must-have. I repeat, this is a must-have. It spreads the stain evenly and makes staining easy. Trust me on this one – I refuse to stain anything without one.

deck-shurline

deck-stain-can

deck-stain-

deck-staining

4.) Let the stain dry for a few hours. Then step back and admire your work. And of course, ENJOY the finished product.

deck-after-closeup

deck-after

As for the rest of our backyard…I’ll be showing you soon!

Garden Update!

Earlier this summer, I shared my two cents on growing tomato plants, which you can find here. It’s due time for a mid-summer check-in, and it appears our plants are on some crazy steroids or something.

They are so out of control we had to hammer large stakes next to the raised garden beds and tie the plants to the stakes to keep the baby tomatoes off the ground. The plants are honestly so large they have literally uprooted the cages we initially placed them in.

garden-tomato-stakes

I mean, you can’t even see the actual cages anymore, but I swear, they are in there! And I am sure you are wondering where this garden started? It looked liked this in April…

garden-before

And here’s where it was in June…

garden

And what else are we growing besides tomatoes? Well, I’m most excited about these guys…

garden-edamame

Yup, that’s edamame and they are growing in the second raised garden box, along with beans, lettuce and blueberries. YUM! And while I’m on the subject of gardens, my DIY garden stakes are still proudly staked in the ground, but I’ve had to uncover them and strategically place them in spots where they won’t be uprooted.

As for harvesting the goods, I still think we are a few weeks away, but I’m already racking my brain on what I’m going to do with hundreds of ripe tomatoes. Any ideas?!

Store Spotlight – Rejuvenation

If any of you ever visit Portland (which I highly reccomend!), you must stop by Rejuvenation. It rivals Jayson Home & Garden and has the best mix of the old and new. It seems to get better and better ever year and because there is a large section full of “picked” goods, you never know what you might find.

I’m going to stop typing and just show you the goods…

Rejuvenation

Rejuvenation

Rejuvenation

Rejuvenation

Rejuvenation

Rejuvenation

Rejuvenation

Rejuvenation

Rejuvenation

Rejuvenation

Rejuvenation

Rejuvenation

Rejuvenation

Rejuvenation

Rejuvenation

Rejuvenation

Rejuvenation

Rejuvenation

I promise you, Rejuvenation is even better in person. It has something for every design style in the book and its items are quality, with a capital Q. To visit Rejuvenation’s online store, click here.  Happy weekend to you!

I SPY! West Elm Fall Catalog…Part 2

Okay. Another West Elm post for you. Please don’t roll your eyes!  I couldn’t put the catalog down and had to share more with you. I mean, isn’t this the perfect end table?

Niche Nightstand

Niche Nightstand – $199.00

And heck, I don’t even have a dog and I think these little dessert plates are so darn cute.

Dog Rectangle Dessert Plate

Dog Rectangle Dessert Plates – $24.00

And I’m in love with anything Ikat, so these curtains were an easy pick.

Ikat Ogee Linen Window Panel

Ikat Ogee Linen Window panel – $59.00 – $74.00

Okay, enough West Elm. I’ll stop with the photos. Tomorrow I’ll be sharing dozens of Rejuvenation images with you - get ready to swoon!