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Friday, June 17, 2011

Stained Front Porch

Our front porch had not been stained in a couple of years and it was time.
It's shaded most of the day so it gets a lot of mildew on it and a lot of traffic.

We used a product called Sikkens to stain the porch that the contractor who worked on our downstairs bathrooms recommended.  It's supposed to be the best for staining decks (as well as log cabin exteriors).  David was really happy with it.

I cleaned the porch well using a water/bleach/TSP mixture that Sikkens recommended.
Then David got to work. 
Here he has a little helper who wanted to talk Economics while Dad worked.

And, the results.

We let it dry two days before stepping on it.
I took a couple of photos before we removed the blue tape and got our furniture and annuals back on.
The color is darker than we had before, but it looks great against the house color I think.

We had a downpour a few days after David stained it. 
You can see how well the water beaded up, which is great.

We have a few touch ups but I think it looks really great!


I'm linking up



Sarah {The Student Knitter} said...

looks great!!

Paula said...

What a difference!! The same chore needs to be done around here. Your pictures have motivated me to perhaps put that on my "to do" list.

Amanda @ Serenity Now said...

It looks fantastic! We need to stain ours too, and I want to go for a color similar to yours!!

Thank you for joining my Weekend Bloggy Reading party (and for linking back--I appreciate that!). Hope you'll stop by Serenity Now again soon. :)

Cassie said...

It looks great!

Lauren said...

Your porch turned out beautiful! You should link it to my Front Porch Party! Going on now until Friday. http://www.elephantstrunkllb.com/2011/06/summer-safari-front-porch-fun.html

Heidi@TheCraftMonkey said...

Wow! Amazing difference! It looks fantastic, I love the new darker color! {visiting from the Summer Safari}