Never Again

October 11, 2011

I've discovered a new form of torture. It's called staining your deck. After working on it on and off for a few months it's finally done. Oh my word. Never again!

I probably logged in about 10 hours on this project....the husband probably closer to 40. Needless to say we are so glad it's done!

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Here is what the deck look liked when we first had it built.

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And here it is now!

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A few minutes after the husband finished up (and hours after I had already given up on this project) we got a huge gust of wind and the deck was covered in leaves. Yay for fall!

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If you ever plan on staining your deck I have a few words of advice:

1. Build the kind of deck that doesn't ever need to be stained. It's expensive but I think probably worth it.
2. Hire someone to stain it for you. We are definitely doing this next time it needs to be stained.
3. If you can't do either of those, then at least make it easier on yourself and stain the deck one color. I made things way too complicated by wanting a white railing. We realized pretty early on what a huge mistake that was....but it was too late. At least it looks good?

The husband is beat but we are both thrilled to have finished this project!

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28 Responses to “Never Again”

  1. Ohhh la la but it looks so good!! I remember staining the deck at our old house... it wasn't that bad but we weren't all that precise with it either... but yeah, not exactly a fun project!

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  2. This is something we have yet to do to ours since moving into our house in April. We are dreading it!

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  3. it looks SOO SOOOo good though!!!

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  4. Looks great though!! ;)

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  5. It looks so nice! I do have to stain my deck and the husband already said he wants to do it himself. He loves some challenges... haha.

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  6. Although the hours you put in were plentiful, at least your deck looks amazing! It's really beautiful!

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  7. It's gorgeous, but YEP, that's a lot of work!! Love it!

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  8. We just stained ours this summer and my husband was so sick of it. lol I didn't do much work on it, but he did, and it took FOREVER. Def should've had someone do it!
    it looks great though! :)

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  9. It looks great!! All the hard work paid off!

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  10. Sorry it was such a pain but it looks so good!

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  11. The white railing was definitely worth it! My husband stained our deck earlier this summer and I know it was a pain! :( Glad it's done though!

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  12. It really does look fantastic! Way to go for you guys actually finishing it, we would have called someone 1/4 of the way through. I love it!

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  13. it looks amazing!!! like SO SO GOOD! yay for it being DONE!

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  14. Your hard work and patience paid off -- it looks amazing! And WOW, you guys are enjoying some beautiful fall leaves right now!

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  15. We just finished our deck last night...I had NO idea staining was such a huge project. I will definitely hire it done next time!! Your deck looks so nice--I like the two colors you have! Very pretty!

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  16. What an undertaking! I'm impressed. It looks fantastic!

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  17. OH NO! It turned out beautiful though :)

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  18. It may have been a pain but it makes you enjoy it THAT much more! Looks so good!!!

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  19. It looks fantastic!! You two should be super proud of yourself!

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  20. It looks SO good! Love the white!!

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  21. Love the new look. Ya'll did a great job!

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  22. 1. Your leaves in your backyard are BEAUTIFUL! :-)
    2. I had to stain our deck with my hubby one time and I said THE EXACT SAME THING. . . I said I AM NEVER doing that again and I will PAY someone to do it next time! :-)

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  23. Your deck looks GREAT!! I helped my husband stain our (7 feet tall) privacy fence and it was brutal. We said the same thing--we'd hire it done next time. But, your deck looks beautiful, and hopefully you'll just enjoy it that much more, knowing all the hard work you put into it :)

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  24. It does look fabulous!!!! Sorry to hear it was so over whelming. I love the two different colors

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  25. It looks AMAZING!

    and yay for fall :)

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  26. Gorgeous!! Love the white on the rails.

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  27. Looks soooo good! We will have to stain our deck in a year or two so thanks for the advice!

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