You know those things you tend to put off and put off and put off a little more because you really don’t want to do it?
And sometimes maybe you don’t even really see it that much, nor does anyone else, so that helps you put it off a little more?
This project was one of those things.
You see, we have dogs. One dog in particular that stays in the back yard where the screened-in porch is located.
One dog that destroyed the screen of a screened-in porch.
On multiple occasions.
In the end, the solution to keeping the dog from destroying the screen was to put lattice around the bottom half of the porch. Not exactly what I wanted to do, but it keeps the screened-in porch a screened-in porch.
When we realized that was our only solution, we just tacked up the lattice and left it.
For a couple years.
It wasn’t something that we really saw that much and since our backyard is fenced in, no one else really saw it either.
But once we built the deck beside the porch, the freshly stained deck was making the lattice look not-so-fresh.
Alas, the lattice had to be stained – a lot of lattice in fact.
Here is what I was working with:
With as much lattice as I had to stain, I used the HomeRight Heavy Duty Sprayer.
The heavy duty sprayer is for bigger projects that you don’t need or want as fine of a finish on. This sprayer does work a little differently than the Finish Max or Finish Max Pro, which I use for furniture makeovers and smaller projects.
#1: Start by removing the attached cup and fill it with your stain. If you are using paint, you will probably need to thin it some.
#2: Oil the two spots on the underside of the unit while the cup is still off.
#3: Attach the suction tube screw the cup back on.
#4: Select whether or not you want the Low or High speed. I used high.
#5: Twist the dial on the back of the unit to adjust the amount of paint you want to come out. I went as high as possible.
#6: Plug it in and you are ready to go! Pull the trigger to spray the stain.
Since the lattice was on my screened-in porch, I didn’t want to risk getting any stain on my newly striped floor. Grunt Labor was a saint and removed all the lattice for me and propped it against trees in the backyard for easy staining on both sides.
It took about 30 minutes to spray both sides of all the lattice. I had three of the large pieces like you see above and then three small pieces. I used the same stain that I used on the deck.
By the end of the day, it was all dry and Grunt Labor, a saint again, put it all back up for me.
Since the lattice had been up for so long without a proper washing, there were some dark stains that had set in, thus the reason for the unevenness in some spots. It looks a heck of a lot better than it did before though!
The thing that took the most time was taking it down and putting it back up. The staining was a breeze!
Do you have any large projects you could use the Heavy Duty Sprayer on?
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Disclosure: This post is sponsored by HomeRight. However, all opinions and previously gross, dirty lattice is 100% mine.