A deck is an extension of the living area of a home, and it should be an inviting place to entertain guests as well as a comfortable area to relax. People often choose stain over paint when protecting a deck because of the rich appearance and the level of protection it provides. Instead of simply applying stain, consider using these unique ways to decorate the wood while protecting a costly investment. With a little work and a lot of ingenuity, a natural wood deck can go from shabby to exceptional in a single day.
Stain Balusters in Alternating Colors
When stain is applied to a deck, most people never think of using more than one color. Try something eye-catching and different. Instead of coating the deck balusters with a single hue, opt for two or more colors. Stain every other baluster in a color that coordinates with the home.
For example, if the home is sided with colonial blue vinyl siding, choose rich brown and a deeper shade of colonial blue to protect and embellish the deck and balusters. Use semitransparent or solid brown and a beautiful shade of solid blue pigment. The semitransparent stain will allow the wood grain to show through, and the solid stain will completely hide it. If the deck wood has darkened with age or is stained and no longer attractive, use solid pigment to coat the entire deck. A unique combination of hues will make it look like new.
Pair Tan or Brown Boards with a Unique Complimentary Hue
The balusters are not the only areas of a deck that can be stained in more than a single hue. Consider alternating tan or brown deck boards with a complimentary color. Coat every other board or a grouping of two or three in a single color. In addition, coat the balusters and deck rails. Allow the stain time to dry according to product label directions.
Painter’s tape should not be applied to recently stained or painted areas. Instead of applying painter’s tape and taking a risk, use a straightedge or a sturdy piece of cardboard to cover the newly stained areas during the application process. Move it along as the pigmented stain is applied to prevent sloppy edges. The finished deck will look highly unique and truly impressive.
Use a Stencil to Apply a Unique Eye-Catching Overlay
Stain can be used to protect and embellish a deck in other unique and creative ways. One way to do this is with precut stencils. Consider using a large precut filigree stencil to create a unique overlay in the middle of the deck.
Begin by placing center section of a stencil in the area of choice. Hold it firmly in place with painter’s tape, and carefully stain around it with a natural semitransparent shade of tan or brown stain. After the deck has fully dried, place the border section of the stenciling over the design. Tape it firmly in place, and apply solid stain in a desired color. Use a sponge or a small brush, and use a limited amount of stain to prevent it from bleeding underneath the stencil. After the solid stain dries, carefully remove the stencil and tape. This technique will result in a unique and professional looking design.
These are just some of the many unique ways to stain a deck. If desired, every section of decking can be stained a different color. Think outside of the home improvement store, and try the aforementioned methods to apply deck stain. The options are only limited by the imagination and the desire to accomplish something different and completely unique.
Source: Personal Experience