Staining Pressure Treated Wood

I am not a patient person.

I do not like to wait. On anything.

Good things come to those who wait, right? Well, I guess I’m more of a go out there and get it done now kind of girl.

Case in point, our new deck.

Yep, I said new deck. Over the past month, Grunt Labor built a deck. Isn’t he just awesome, y’all?

Of course that deck was built with pressure treated wood. Many people say you should wait at least six months before staining pressure treated wood.

Six months. 


Ain’t nobody got time for that.

So being a real rebel, I stained that pressure treated wood after only two weeks of the deck being completed.

All that being said, if you do have time to wait, then by all means wait.

Staining Pressure Treated Wood via #deck #staining #ThompsonsStaining Pressure Treated Wood

Here is the deck before staining:

Staining Pressure Treated Wood via #deck #staining #ThompsonsI’m sure you are looking at that photo and saying, “Ummmm…..Jenna, sweetie, you do realize that there are no steps up or down to the deck, right? How are you going to use it?”

I have stellar jumping skills, y’all. Stellar.


The deck is right beside the screened-in porch and you access the deck through a soon-to-be-door from the screened-in porch. We could have put steps down from the deck, but we didn’t really want the dog running up there anytime she wanted. No steps also help to contain the kid. I can just let her go on the screened in porch and deck without me having to worry she will fall off it.

Yes, we could have done steps and then a gate, but my kid is already figuring out how to unlatch her buckles in the swing, you know she would have a gate figured out in no time.

As you guys know, I am a fan of Thompson’s WaterSeal products. I used their spray stain to give my lattice and mailbox a quick makeover. For the deck stain, I turned to them again.

Staining Pressure Treated Wood via #deck #staining #ThompsonsI went with their Acorn Brown Waterproofing Stain. It only takes one coat and dries in two hours – perfect for impatient people like myself.

For the rails and spindles, I brushed on the stain.

Staining Pressure Treated Wood via #deck #staining #ThompsonsDon’t be scared when you see that the stain looks like this. When it first comes out of the can, it is this mauve-y brown color and I totally freaked out. Its ok, though. It doesn’t dry like that.

This is what it looked like as I was brushing it on.

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It does dry pretty quickly, but you need to give it two hours to fully dry or recoat – if you aren’t impatient like me and want a second coat.

You can also brush or roll the stain on the floor, but I went with my HomeRight Stain Stick.

Staining Pressure Treated Wood via #deck #staining #ThompsonsThe Stain Stick* has an attached stain pad and a padded roller that easily applies the stain into the crevices between each board. The stain is pulled up through the stick and you push it out as needed.

A couple hours later…..

Staining Pressure Treated Wood via #deck #staining #ThompsonsThis is what I had.

That one single coat will protect the deck for three years. Holla.

A little close-up:

Staining Pressure Treated Wood via #deck #staining #ThompsonsThere were some places where I overlapped the stain a bit on the floor and it made it more dark. Ya know what, though? I like it like that – gives it a bit more depth and character.


You don't have to wait to stain pressure treated wood or your new deck! The secret is here! Staining Pressure Treated Wood
And of course, two hours is always better than six months.

Any plans for staining pressure treated wood soon?

I should probably start thinking about staining that fence now. Considering how it hasn’t been touched since we moved in…

You can find Thompson’s WaterSeal Waterproofing Stain at Home Depot.

More outdoor projects:

How to Stain Wood Outdoors the Easy Way (Lattice Makeover in an hour)

Mailbox Makeover

Screened-In Porch Makeover

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  1. says

    Yeah…two hours IS so much better than 6 months! Knowing me, though, it would take me six months just to get around to doing it…lol! It looks great! And I personally like the idea of the deck not having steps…maybe I just know clumsy (or intoxicated) people, but deck steps tend to lead to crutches for a lot of people I know…lol!

    – Brooke –

  2. chris aka monkey says

    wow what a difference a little stain makes, looks good i am sure the stain will protect the deck from all the cheap beer spills as well as the weather lol xx

  3. says

    Good work! I love products that are so easy to use like that! :)
    And how fabulous that your daughter and dog won’t go jumping or falling off the deck… I have to chase Elle down anytime she gets on the front porch because all she wants to do is go straight for the edges. Little risk taker.
    Good work building, Grunt Labor. :)

  4. Dad says

    I first have to give a Son-in-Law a HUGE thumbs up for the deck construction. It is not only beautiful, but also sturdy & functional. Your staining is the icing on the cake! Great job! BTW, it’s also hard to beat Thompson’s for water-sealing concrete too, which reminds me. I need that done for the outside entrance pad on the garage. I just don’t want it to cut in too much with my riding. Granddaddy has to GO too, just as my precious granddaughter GOES! Love you. Dad

  5. says

    Wow! I’m really impressed with this amazing before and after! (Though when am I not impressed with a B & A over here at Rain on a Tin Roof?) One day, when we’re home-owners, I’ll be remembering this post for our deck-staining needs. Thanks, girl!

  6. says

    Your deck turned out great!! And I’m super impressed that Grunt Labor built it! That’s awesome! Our deck could use a re-staining since the original stain we used didn’t hold up too well on the floor boards. I’ll have to check out the Thompson stain!

  7. amy says

    I was checking the comments to see if anyone was all “you know, you really should have waited anyway because the trajectory of the pressure….” blah, blah, blah. But so far so good. Thanks for sharing an alternative. It looks so great.
    And how cute is your Dad for commenting? Love it.
    Can’t wait for the style soiree!

    • says

      Oh, Amy, I’m sure someone who read the post was thinking that, but just didn’t comment! No worries, though, this just worked out best for us! And I know – my Dad – he is so funny. He even calls himself the Middle Tennessee (where he lives) Marketing Manager for Rain on a Tin Roof. He’s very umm, supportive – and humorous!

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