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.
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.
Here is the deck before staining:
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.
- Thompson’s WaterSeal Waterproofing Stain – I went with their Acorn Brown Waterproofing Stain. It only takes one coat and dries in two hours – perfect for impatient people like myself.
- Paint Brush made for stain
- Stain Stick – makes it super easy to stain the deck floor boards.
For the rails and spindles, I brushed on the stain.
Don’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.
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. If you think you want a lighter stained deck, then definitely do multiple coats and have a cloth on hand to wipe up excess stain as you put it on.
You can also brush the stain on the floor, but I went with my HomeRight Stain Stick.
The 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.
Let the stain fully dry before applying another coat or putting the deck to use.
A couple hours later this is what we had…..
That one single coat will protect the deck for three years. Holla.
A little close-up:
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…
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Disclosure: This post is sponsored by Thompson’s WaterSeal. However, all opinions and impatient-ness are 100% mine.