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Hello friends! Thank you so much for the massive love of our backyard makeover. The response was overwhelming and we really enjoyed our new room … well, we were there before this villainous and super disrespectful heatwave hit our area and had temperatures above 106 ° C for a couple of weeks. Ya’ll it’s UNBEARABLE out there. Needless to say, I can’t wait until it’s over so we can get back to spending more time outside. As hot as it has been lately, we actually started to feel the heat just before the outside area was finished during one of the biggest projects of the entire renovation: the decking. Fortunately, I was able to make it through before the real Scorchers got here. Today I am sharing the process of how I took on this project.
The biggest goal I wanted for our outside area was that it feel like an extension of the inside of our home. I really wanted to blur the lines between inside and outside and knew that the coloring of the deck would be an important factor in this end result. As beautiful as the natural redwood was, I really didn’t want it to look or feel like a regular wooden deck. I love the warmth of the color of our hardwood floor on the inside of our house and I hoped to repeat this on the outside as well.
Since we used redwood, we had to wait a few months after construction before we could stain or apply protective coatings on it. This allows wood and oils to dry thoroughly, so that the stain is better absorbed and the color pays off. Construction was completed in February and we let it dry for 5 months before I stained it in July. When working with a wood like pine or Douglas fir you may not have to wait that long (if at all) before staining. After creating a game plan for the project, I ordered a roadside pickup for the stain and materials from Sherwin-Williams.
I used a set of brushes, a roller, a metal bowl, a spray pump, and Sherwin-Williams SuperDeck cleaner and stain to complete the project.
As with any painting project, a great result starts with a clean and thoroughly prepared surface. I started by clearing everything off the deck and sweeping it. Next I scrubbed it well. To clean and wash the deck I used that SuperDeck Revive Deck and Siding Brightener. This formula is specifically designed for use on new or uncoated cedar, redwood, or pressure treated wood.
I got help with this part of the project because you need to make sure the product doesn’t dry out on the wood during application. Working in small sections, Naomi and I wet the area and applied the SuperDeck Revive with a pump sprayer.
After applying, she scrubbed the area with a poly-bristle brush. We then let it rest for about 10 minutes and high pressure flushed it with a hose.
Once we got a groove it went pretty quickly. After the entire deck was cleaned, we let it dry overnight. The next morning the wood looked fresh and renewed and revived … like it was brand new again!
After the deck was washed and ready to be stained, I went over the house with the broom one more time and taped it along the house where the deck meets to protect the exterior paint.
Now it was time to color. I decided SuperDeck Exterior Waterborne Formula in Semi-Solid Color Stain. When choosing a cover stain, consider maintenance and how often you may need to recoat it. A good rule of thumb is: the darker or more opaque the transparency, the less maintenance it needs. Clear coats and semi-transparent stains require more frequent maintenance and reapplication, as semi-solid or solid stains can take longer before needing to be reapplied. SuperDeck is great because you can even apply it to damp wood.
The SuperDeck stain comes in many color options and I chose the color Chestnut SW 3524. I wanted a deep, rich brown and this color was perfect when I tested color swatches a few months earlier. I colored a small area again just to be for sure That was the way I wanted to go.
Now listen, friends … your girl was scared to do that first brush stroke. How super scared. We saved up a long time to have the deck built and the last thing I wanted to do was ruin it. This was a project that really challenged me to trust my vision and the process. I started by rolling on the stain with a short nap roll, then I used one 6 inch deck brush Brush back gently to smooth it out. Always apply with the direction of the grain.
There was a bit of a learning curve in working with the stain as it was different from any other stain I’ve used before. You apply it like a paint and simply roll / brush on the product without wiping off the paint after letting it sit on the wood for a few minutes. It took me a while to get used to it, but when I did it went smoothly. I also worked against the heat so I had to move pretty quickly. After the first day, I realized that I preferred to apply the stain with just a brush, so I pulled out some of my other workhorse brushes (Purdys are my FAVE!) and have used them for the duration of the project.
The next time I get the crazy idea of coloring another deck, please save me from myself! If I tell you it took forever !!! I had no idea how big the deck was until I had to dye it. By hand. Board by board. It’s massive and it took a lot longer than I expected just because of its size. In addition, I could only work on it for a short time in the early morning and later in the evening when the outside temperature was below 90 degrees. I would recommend that you do an overhaul project in either fall or spring when the weather isn’t too hot or too cold. Just make sure the forecast doesn’t include rain. And don’t even let me start cleaning between everyone. Single. Blackboard.
It took a couple of days but I finally got the first coat of paint done. I really wanted to take my time to get a nice, balanced result. Little by little, I could see the vision come together.
The good thing about the SuperDeck stain in the water-based formula is that it allows for quick drying and recoating times. You can apply additional layers after just 4 hours. With the semi-solid finish, you’ll want to apply two thin coats for the best results. Depending on the size of your project, you can get it done in just a day with this product! After I finished the second coat, I let it dry overnight before putting everything back on the deck.
After about 48 hours, I did a water test to see how well the stain would withstand moisture, and it was fantastic to see the water immediately beading and rolling off immediately.
I think a lot of people were surprised when I mentioned that I was going to dye the deck because we used redwood for construction and people mostly leave redwood decks in their natural state. It is a fantastic quality wood that has all kinds of rot and resistance to nature / elements. It will weather overtime to a warm gray if left untreated or undyed. Granted, it was very beautiful, but I knew I was going to stain it when we first had it built. I am so happy with the end result. It looks beautiful and really makes the space a resort vacation spot.
If you are considering a deck dyeing project, I definitely recommend Sherwin-Williams SuperDeck products. They come in one too Oil-based formula also what I’ll probably try next time I have to dye a deck. I’m one of those weird people who really enjoy working with oil-based products because I like that you have a little bit more control while using them. It dries slower than water-based stains (which can be negative for a lot of people), but it also gives you a little more wiggle room if you want to take your time and really want to get it right.
You will also find a lot of information there too how to color a deck and tackle other paint and stain projects, including helpful how-to videos for beginners and experienced DIYers Sherwin-Williams Website.
Until next time friends …
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