After my last update a few weeks ago, I got started with my plan for staining the deck.
I wanted to have some color, and decided to give this space something in
common with our basement flooring.
With that decision made, I picked
out two solid stains to match up with the redwood color I used on the
fence. I tried out my colors in the raised areas first.
With those parts done in solid colors, I could see how the three colors would work together, and I decided to go for it.
I figured the space was big enough to allow me to make two foot squares
(if I had gone with one-foot squares, I would have gone crazy with all
I started out in what I considered the middle of the deck
and began laying out the lines. from there I used a 12-inch metal
painting blade to keep the paint within the boarders. About half way in, I made a "mistake." Can you spot it?
She Who Must Be Obeyed is a quilter, and she reminded me that traditionally, many quilters would purposely introduce a "mistake" into their work so as not to be perfect. So, that's my story too, and I'm sticking to it.
I knew going in that it would take a lot of effort to deal with the visible edges of each board, and that took the most time as I squeezed the brush into the cracks between boards and worked to get complete coverage without getting spots of one color where another color is supposed to be. I think the end result was worth it.
It worked pretty
well, but I've got some touch up to do yet.