I stained the back deck: I used an excellent quality solid stain on the lattice and rails -- one coat did it! (And my boss gave it to me gratis! It was left over from a job we did.) I used a semi-transparent stain on the decking itself and had it tinted to match. The decking needs a second coat, but I am loving the wild punch of color!
I began the 2 smaller decks on Friday. Again, I used a solid stain for the rails. I walked into my local Gow's Home Hardware thinking I'd perhaps choose a pale yellow; and there in the "mis-tints" section was a gallon of solid stain for $7.99 in a very soft yellow color! Can you say sold! However, it is a cheaper quality and needs a second coat.
Then yesterday after 2 weeks of beautiful sunshine, the beautiful rain began. The staining moved inside.
I stained the settle bench that Brandy made for me. Remember I'd talked about perhaps painting it yellow? Well, I went back to Gow's, and there was a litre can of yellow stain for $3.99. Can you say bargain! And can you then say cheerful! This, ladies and gentlemen, is yellow! (I still need to varathane it.).
I also picked up 2 more litre cans of semi-transparent stain for the flooring of the 2 smaller decks for $3.99 each; they're in a barn red color which, I think, will go nicely with the colors in the brick on the front of the house. (I hope it does! Or can you say re-stain!)
I'm pleased with the progress of these jobs. But .....
- Can you say relief that the rain is here and I'm not able to continue!
- And can you say ouch carpal tunnel!
- And can you say hello paperback and strawberries and ice cream!
Oh! There was one more staining project. This one: