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Monday, July 23, 2012

Choosing The Right Stain For Your Deck

This year we had to stain our deck.
We didn't bother last summer and once spring rolled around it was evident that our deck was in much need of some TLC in the form of stain & paint.

We had stain left over, a whole gallon. But when my husband went to the hardware store to 
pick upmore stain they told him that oil based stains will no longer be sold in Canada starting in September.

So home he came without any stain.
And we wondered what we were going to do. Should we buy oil based stain anyways and deal with it next year (or the year after)? How would water based stain adhere to the remaining stain on our deck? How can we get the remaining stain off of the deck?

A couple of weeks went by and finally we both went back to the hardware store and purchased deck stain stripper and a pressure washer...and we were dreading all the pre-stain work ahead of us.

Then the in-laws visited and my Father in-law, 
who happens to work at a  hardware store told us about
It's a water based stain that can go right over your existing stained surface. So your wondering why I didn't think to ask him since he works at a hardware store?
Well, that's just it - It never crossed my mind to ask him.

So anyways we returned the stain stripper & pressure washer and bought the Sico stain.
But wait...I had a brilliant idea! I thought that it would 
be a great time to change the color of 
our deck, I was thinking of going with something
in the blue color family.

But as it turns out, it was a horrible idea. 
An epic fail.

So all that work for nothing.

Back to the all to familiar brown.
A safe color but lovely just the same.

We choose Polar Night.

The railings are painted with a color match, 
we brought in a piece of our cream trim to the 
hardware store so they could color match it for us.
Pretty darn close!

I love how clean and fresh it looks now.

See the yellow bench on the right?
My hubs and I made it out of a headboard and footboard.
Check it out here

Here are couple of night time shots.

Take your time when choosing stain.
Make sure the color you choose will coordinate
with existing colors you have and your
outdoor furniture & flower pots.

Here's a Chip It of one of the pics.

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At July 23, 2012 at 11:37 PM , Blogger Tif said...

Love that adorable house!
Found you through the Monday Meet Up @ Covered In Grace
FOLLOWING YOU! Hope you will hop by my little bloggy world! :o)

Ramblings of a Southern Belle

At July 24, 2012 at 12:21 AM , Blogger Falen said...

While the stain is great, I am wowed by your yellow bench to the right!! Love it!!

Found you through the Monday Meet up @ Covered in Grace.


At July 24, 2012 at 12:32 AM , Blogger Wendy said...

Thanks so much for sharing these tips! We are getting ready to stain a deck we have in our backyard and I am passing them on to my hubby. Love the color you chose as well. Blessings!

At July 24, 2012 at 7:12 AM , Blogger Unknown said...

Hi, I'm Shar!
Your newest follower from the blog hop!

You have a BEAUTIFUL home!

xoxo ♥ -Shar

At July 24, 2012 at 9:47 AM , Blogger Simply Tasheena said...

Great color choices!

PS: Thank you for linking up to Show Me What You Got Tuesday's @ ODH via:

Mrs. Delightful

At July 24, 2012 at 11:31 AM , Blogger The Hill Hangout said...

Love the color you chose. We had our deck replaced last fall and are about to have it stained and sealed. I have NO IDEA where to start in choosing a color.

At July 24, 2012 at 5:41 PM , Blogger KC Coake said...

Looks fantastic! We need to do our deck very badly. I will have to look into the Sico Stains you are talking about. We need to sand our deck or something b/c it is so old and need something in addition to stain. It's gonna be a big project. Which would be why we have put it off for too long.

At July 24, 2012 at 9:20 PM , Blogger Monica said...

Oh wow...looks great now! Great blog, I'm now following you via the blog hop and would love a follow back! All the best, Monica

At July 24, 2012 at 9:51 PM , Blogger Shawn said...

That looks so amazing!! The brown warms up the space and makes it look really welcoming and cozy. Great job!

At July 24, 2012 at 10:13 PM , Blogger DIYbyDesign said...

Your deck looks amazing. I love the color. Thanks for sharing at DIYbyDesign.

At July 24, 2012 at 10:35 PM , Blogger Full Circle Creations said...

I love the color you ended up with. It looks great! Thanks for sharing at the All Star Block Party!


At July 24, 2012 at 10:46 PM , Anonymous heather @ new house, new home, new life said...

It looks wonderful - warm and inviting! Thanks for sharing this at the All Star Block Party.

At July 24, 2012 at 11:05 PM , Blogger Jane@Cottage at the Crossroads said...

I'm so glad to read your post about deck stain. That is a project that is on my to-do list. I will look for the stain you mentioned, and I think the brown color is just perfect for your house.

At July 25, 2012 at 12:08 AM , Blogger Honey at 2805 said...

Your final choice is a beauty!

Hope you will stop by for a fun glass bottle platter giveaway!

At July 25, 2012 at 12:07 PM , Blogger Beth said...

Your entrance looks so welcoming! Good job!

At July 25, 2012 at 7:36 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Two years ago we had a fake wood deck built Trex Decking with an all vinyl pergola and rails. No maintance! Just mop and go! You have a very cute house!


At July 25, 2012 at 9:44 PM , Blogger Pamela Gordon said...

I love the brown stain on your deck. It really compliments the siding much better than the blueish one. You have a sweet house and yard. Love the green chairs and yellow bench. Visiting from Have a Daily Cup of Mrs. Olsen. Blessings, Pamela

At July 26, 2012 at 12:35 AM , Blogger Mandy said...

That looks so great! I am impressed that you re-stained after the first go-around. I know that it must have been hard to muster up that strength.

At July 26, 2012 at 6:24 AM , Blogger Cocalores said...

Love that porch! Wouldn't have expected the blue to be such a mismatch, either - the brown looks so much better!

At July 26, 2012 at 8:34 AM , Blogger Christine said...

I honestly didn't mind the blue... until I saw the new stain... The new stain is PERFECT!!! The whole front of your home is AMAZING!!! Love the color scheme!

Thank you so very much for sharing this at The DIY Dreamer.. From Dream To Reality!

At July 26, 2012 at 9:22 AM , Blogger Alayna's Creations said...

Beautiful! I love the dark stain. And those great pops of color from the flowers and the chairs/bench - perfect!
I'll have to remember the name of that stain the next time we tackle the deck - thanks!

At July 26, 2012 at 10:45 AM , Blogger Pam said...

I love the color you chose, and I appreciate the tips! Our deck is in serious need of new stain. Love your house!! Came by from the Southern Institute. Hope you'll come visit me.

At July 26, 2012 at 1:05 PM , Anonymous Yael from Home Garden Diggers said...

I really like the color you ended up choosing for your dck. Your house looks lovely. We recently went through the ordeal of choosing colors for house paint, and then coordinating colors for a new deck (Pergo) and this year for a new fence after the old one blew over. Not an easy job. You did very well.

Yael from Home Garden Diggers

At July 26, 2012 at 1:48 PM , Blogger Our Pinteresting Family said...

That looks amazing!! :) You have such a beautiful home. Megan

At July 26, 2012 at 8:12 PM , Blogger Tamsyn said...

Gorgeous!! I love your house so much :) My husband and I are planning on building a front and back deck this year, it's so overwhelming though...

At July 26, 2012 at 11:18 PM , Blogger Have a Daily Cup of Mrs. Olson said...

It turned out so nice! I can see why you thought a blue might go well. You never know till you try, but the brown looks so much nicer. Love your beautiful home! Thanks for sharing with Share Your Cup.

At July 27, 2012 at 3:44 AM , Blogger Earning-My-Cape said...

Very nice! I like the brown a lot better than the blue, too!

Thanks for sharing at my Super Link Party! :-)

At July 27, 2012 at 9:07 AM , Blogger Danni@SiloHillFarm said...

The brown sure makes everything pop on your deck! I wonder if the US will stop oil-based stain production soon. It's been too hot to re-stain our deck this year, but it will be at the top of the list next year!

At July 27, 2012 at 1:42 PM , Blogger Meg said...

I kinda liked the blue. LOL But, the blue pots really pop on the brown stain. It all looks fantastic!!

At July 28, 2012 at 10:30 AM , Blogger Sonny G said...

Thank you Thank you.. Now I finally know what to use and even what color for my front porch..

your newest follower

At July 28, 2012 at 3:14 PM , Anonymous Jen said...

Beautiful porch! Thanks so much for linking up to our Pretty Things Party! I hope you'll be back next week!

At July 28, 2012 at 5:05 PM , Blogger Sharon @ Elizabeth & Co. said...

Your home is just charming!

At July 28, 2012 at 11:31 PM , Blogger My Dream Canvas said...

Beautiful porch, very charming! I am hosting a Giveaway to win a 50 dollar gift card to the store HomeGoods. It would be great if you stopped by and entered. Thanks Anu

At July 29, 2012 at 1:41 PM , Blogger Unknown said...

You picked the perfect color! I love the dark stain to compliment the colors of your house and trim, beautiful!

Hugs, Tanya

At July 29, 2012 at 11:12 PM , Anonymous cathy@my1929charmer said...

I like you have made a mistake on stain color for our deck. but we are living with it for this summer. I love the color you picked, adds a grounding effect besides being pretty! Your porch is pretty and so is your home! So glad you shared your creative inspiration with Sunday’s Best – your creativity helped make the party a success!

At July 30, 2012 at 12:39 AM , Blogger The Farmer's Wife said...

Love the dark stain. You have a beautiful home and your flowers are gorgeous!!! My flowers look so sad as we have had a horribly hot and dry summer here in Nebraska.

At July 30, 2012 at 2:32 AM , Blogger Miranda @ Pressing On said...

It looks great! I really like the dark brown and thanks for linking up your colors! Your home looks so beautiful.

At July 30, 2012 at 4:08 PM , Blogger Julie said...

Your house is gorgeous! I like the dark brown stain. Thanks for sharing on Marvelous Mondays! :)


At July 31, 2012 at 3:48 PM , Blogger Tara @ Tales of a Trophy Wife said...

Amazing curb appeal! I need to stain my kid's swing set and am going to try that stain. thanks.

At August 1, 2012 at 12:54 AM , Blogger momto8 said...

great tips!!! thank you. the steps look great!

At August 1, 2012 at 2:14 PM , Blogger Adorned From Above said...

Thanks so much for sharing with Wednesdays Adorned From Above Link Party. this is great info. Especially since we are getting ready to restain our deck.

At August 1, 2012 at 6:47 PM , Blogger Amber said...

Thanks for visiting my {} blog, so that I could find yours! Wow...your home is too cute...I LOVE the chairs in the front. I have been dreaming of them! Following you now!

At August 2, 2012 at 3:30 AM , Anonymous Britni said...

So I'll be there this weekend to relax in those gorgeous chairs and have a drink ;) Thanks so much for sharing at my Throwback Thursday party! I hope to see you again this week :)

At August 2, 2012 at 5:04 PM , Blogger said...

Thanks for the great tips, and thanks so much for linking up at One Creative Weekend! I hope to see you back tomorrow.

At August 2, 2012 at 10:12 PM , Blogger Grace @ Sense and Simplicity said...

Your porch looks great - so agree that brown was the way to go. It all pulls together and looks so welcoming.

At August 3, 2012 at 8:08 PM , Blogger Unknown said...

WOW! love love your house! Gorgeous.

Thanks for sharing at C & I


At August 30, 2012 at 3:06 PM , Blogger Carrie said...

We have a very similar color on our deck, but from another brand. It really shows of furniture and accessories, I think! Thanks for linking up to last month's Refresh My Nest and I hope you'll stop by tomorrow for the Best of Summer party!

At September 10, 2012 at 11:59 AM , Anonymous Cody Carini said...

Great job with the color choice. The next step I suppose is maintaining it. I would like to share a few tips from the top of my head. If any part of your deck stays wet for a day or more after a rainfall, make sure that it can dry out. Also, you’ll probably need to use a broom to sweep away leaves and dirt from between boards or where the deck meets the house. Debris between deck boards look bad and soak up water, promoting rot. You can use a putty knife to clear out the debris. These may help out in making the deck’s service life longer.


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