Furniture Refinishing with Varathane Premium Interior Wood Stain

Everyone has an old piece of furniture in their home that they wish they could revive. Monica Chavez of House of Esperanza shows us how to take an antique piece of furniture and refinish it using Varathane Premium interior wood stain.

Hi everyone! Monica Chavez here with a super simple furniture refinishing project.

I have a collection of vintage and antique sewing machines with tables accumulating in my furniture hoard pile. It was time we brought one in for a refresh.

Furniture Refinishing with Varathane Premium Interior Wood Stain

We decided to give new life to a tall and narrow sewing table using Varathane Premium interior wood stain from The Home Depot.

Furniture Refinishing with Varathane Premium Interior Wood Stain

This sewing table in particular was found at an estate sale for $5!  FIVE DOLLARS.

Furniture Refinishing with Varathane Premium Interior Wood Stain

This piece needed lots of attention as it had been well loved in its prime. I also wanted to take the opportunity to make it more my style.  Varathane Premium Fast Dry Interior Wood Stain in Ebony was going to be exactly what I needed to get it there.

Furniture Refinishing with Varathane Premium Interior Wood Stain

Supplies

We gathered our supplies which included the Varathane wood stain, Varathane Water Based Interior Polyurethane in clear satin, orbital sander and sanding discs of various grits, a foam brush, lint free cloth, drop cloth, and drill to disassemble the sewing table.

Prepping For Stain

We removed the top table pieces and hinges in order to sand/stain the pieces properly.

Furniture Refinishing with Varathane Premium Interior Wood Stain

Prepping the surface for the new stain was going to first require removing the weathered old layer of stain with an orbital sander.

Furniture Refinishing with Varathane Premium Interior Wood Stain

Using various grits of sanding discs in succession from coarse to super fine will give us a clean and smooth finish on the wood.

Furniture Refinishing with Varathane Premium Interior Wood Stain

We always sand in the direction of the wood grain.

Furniture Refinishing with Varathane Premium Interior Wood Stain

Every part of the sewing table received the same treatment to remove the old stain.

Furniture Refinishing with Varathane Premium Interior Wood Stain

Once we were done sanding all of the pieces down, we vacuumed up any dust and wiped everything down with a lint free cloth.

Furniture Refinishing with Varathane Premium Interior Wood Stain

Applying Varathane Premium Interior Wood Stain

Furniture Refinishing with Varathane Premium Interior Wood Stain

After stirring the stain thoroughly, we used a foam brush to liberally it on all of the sanded portions of the sewing table.

Furniture Refinishing with Varathane Premium Interior Wood Stain

We allowed the stain to penetrate for 2-3 minutes, wiping with a lint-free cloth to remove the excess stain.

Furniture Refinishing with Varathane Premium Interior Wood Stain

Furniture Refinishing with Varathane Premium Interior Wood Stain

The coverage of the Varathane Premium is so good it only requires one coat.  This Ebony stain color is exactly what I was hoping for!

Furniture Refinishing with Varathane Premium Interior Wood Stain

The longer you let the stain sit before wiping off, the darker the color.  I mean, just look at that beautiful wood grain.

Furniture Refinishing with Varathane Premium Interior Wood Stain

Applying Varathane Ultimate Polyurethane

Furniture Refinishing with Varathane Premium Interior Wood Stain

We let the wood stain dry for 1 hour before grabbing the water based top coat.  The Varathane Ultimate Polyurethane was going to give us the protective finish a side table requires. At the same time letting the beautiful Ebony wood stain shine thru the crystal clear layer.

Furniture Refinishing with Varathane Premium Interior Wood Stain

With a clean foam brush we applied the stirred polyurethane along the direction of the wood grain in one smooth even coat.

Furniture Refinishing with Varathane Premium Interior Wood Stain

This coat dried to the touch in 2 hours and gave us an abrasion and scratch resistant surface. After 48 hours the pieces were cured and ready to be reassembled.

Makeover Complete

Before and After

Furniture Refinishing with Varathane Premium Interior Wood Stain

Furniture Refinishing with Varathane Premium Interior Wood Stain

My only regret is not having done this project sooner! This table quietly stores a vintage sewing machine but has new purpose as the perfect side table.

Furniture Refinishing with Varathane Premium Interior Wood Stain

So if you too have a hoard pile of furniture calling your name, grab yourself some Varathane Premium wood stain in a shade that fits your style!

Furniture Refinishing with Varathane Premium Interior Wood Stain

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How To Build A Large Wall Shelf with Varathane Premium

Everyone loves when a DIY project can add functionality and beauty to a home! Dena Breitmeyer of Fletcher Creek Cottage demonstrates how a simple staining project can be completed in one afternoon with a just a few materials from The Home Depot.

I love it when a DIY project can add functionality and beauty to my home! I love it even more when the project is super simple, requires very few materials and you can get it done in just one afternoon!

How To Build A Large Wall Shelf with Varathane Premium

This DIY Is Fun And Easy To Do

How To Build A Large Wall Shelf with Varathane Premium

Today I’m excited to share the steps on how I built the large wall shelves that I have in our home! I’m also going to share how to finish them, so they have a custom look that’ll help them to really stand out on your wall. Chances are if you have a garage with a few things on hand you won’t need to buy a lot for this project! I only needed to buy the three following materials to build this shelf.

How To Build A Large Wall Shelf with Varathane Premium

How To Build A Large Wall Shelf with Varathane Premium

Materials Needed To Build This Large Wall Shelf

Tools Needed For This Project

This project is super simple so you’re only going to need a few tools. You will need to cut your boards to length if you don’t buy them the length you want. My boards are 8ft and I am going to use the entire length. I am only going to cut off the rough end using my compound miter saw. You could also use a circular saw for this step if you don’t have a miter saw.

How To Build A Large Wall Shelf with Varathane Premium

You will also need a cordless drill to attach the 2×6 boards to the corbels, either a sanding block or an orbital sander (I used a sanding block) and a level (for hanging the shelf).

How To Build A Large Wall Shelf with Varathane Premium

Here’s a Helpful Tip to Consider Before Getting Started

Lumber, such as 2x6s, come with a rounded edge.  If you don’t want your shelf to have that look you may want to take a ⅛ or an ¼ inch off both sides of your 2x6s by running them through a table saw. This step is totally unnecessary, but it will give your shelf more of a polished look if you take the corners off just ever so slightly. I don’t mind the rounded edge so I’m going to skip that step…just know it’s an option!

Assembly

How To Build A Large Wall Shelf with Varathane Premium

Once you have your boards, corbels and stain you are ready to start. The first step is to lay one 2×6 on the ground and then place both corbels on their backs (the side that goes up against the wall) and then decide how far in you want your corbels to be from the edge of the shelf. Since my shelf is 8ft long I decided to put my corbels 8 inches in from each end.

Helpful Tip

How To Build A Large Wall Shelf with Varathane Premium

The longer your shelf is, the further in from the ends (towards the middle) you should place your corbels. This helps with support and it also looks better overall.  If you are making a shelf that is a little shorter (like 3-4 ft long), try keeping the corbels closer to the ends. I would probably place them at 4-6 inches from the ends on a 4 ft shelf.

How To Build A Large Wall Shelf with Varathane Premium

Using your cordless drill, screw two, 3 ½ in. construction screws into the top of the shelf and down into the top of the wood corbel.

Repeat that same step on the opposite end of the shelf. Make sure that your corbels stay flush to the board while you are attaching them. Now that you have the first board attached, place your second board in front of the first one and repeat the steps one more time.

Prepping The Shelf For Stain

How To Build A Large Wall Shelf with Varathane Premium

You now have a shelf and it’s time to prep for stain! Ventilation is important so I like to work outdoors or in my garage with the doors open when sanding and staining! Because these corbels come pre-sanded this step is a breeze! Simply run a sanding block of 180 grit or more on any rough edges and remove any dust with a lint free cloth and that’s it! Now you’re ready for the fun part…finishing it with a beautiful stain! If you are working indoors/garage, be sure to use a drop cloth or plastic to protect your floors before staining.

How To Finish Your Custom Shelf Using Varathane Premium Stain

How To Build A Large Wall Shelf with Varathane Premium

Choosing what stain to use is easy…I’ve been using Varathane Premium Stain for years on countless projects and  it always does a beautiful job! I love using Varathane Premium Stain for my projects because it only takes one coat, it dries in 1 hour and there’s no need to apply a wood conditioner when using this stain! It’s easy to use and a little goes a long way!  I love that I can rest assured knowing my projects are well protected.

How To Build A Large Wall Shelf with Varathane Premium

Helpful Tip: If you are unsure about what color to use, try testing more than one color of stain on a scrap piece of wood before deciding or applying it directly to your shelf.

How To Build A Large Wall Shelf with Varathane Premium

Varathane Premium Wood Stainhas lots of  trending colors to choose from. For this project I used the color Golden Pecan. Some of my other favorite colors Varathane offers are Kona and Dark Walnut! Weathered Gray is also one I’ve used a lot and I love it. Sunbleached is also fantastic for getting more of a whitewashed look (like I have on all our interior trim and molding). I think it would be beautiful against a darker paint color on a wall. Because my walls are white shiplap, I think the Pecan looks great on this shelf helping it to stand out just enough without being overpowering!

Varathane Premium Wood Stain Application Steps

How To Build A Large Wall Shelf with Varathane Premium

Always stir the wood stain before applying it to your shelf. I like to use a rag or cloth when I stain something this size. You can use a brush if you’d prefer (this is an oil-based stain so if you use a brush you can clean it easily with mineral spirits). I also recommend wearing gloves when using a rag to apply the stain.  If you do use a rag, you want it to be wet but not soaking wet (not dripping). Make sure to thoroughly saturate the wood when applying the stain. Then remove any extra stain with a clean, lint free cloth making sure to pay attention to any areas where it may have run or dripped (like inside corners). If you do have a drip on the wood, be sure and wipe it up immediately before it has a chance to soak in. Repeat over the entire shelf.

How To Build A Large Wall Shelf with Varathane Premium

Once your shelf is completely stained…let it dry for the recommended time of one hour and then you’re ready to hang it up!  Projects like this are so fun and can really add so much interest to your home! I have made lots of these shelves over the years and I love how Varathane Premium Wood Stain can completely transform regular old, inexpensive 2x6s into a gorgeous shelf! No one would ever guess this was only pine underneath that beautiful color!

Hanging Your New Wall Shelf

How To Build A Large Wall Shelf with Varathane Premium

These corbels are my go- to when building shelves because they come with a recessed bracket already on the back of them! When shopping for corbels…be sure to buy solid wood ones! The first time I tried this project I used faux wood corbels. They broke after being up on the wall for a few weeks and the entire shelf came crashing to the floor!!! Thankfully, no one was hurt! Lesson learned and that’s not a mistake I’ll make again!

You will need to make sure that you hit a stud in your wall when hanging your new shelf. Or, make sure to use a wall anchor that is rated for the weight of your shelf. My shelf is hung on my 1×4 pine boards (diy shiplap). I knew it would hold the weight of the shelf and anything that I put on top of the shelf!

How To Build A Large Wall Shelf with Varathane Premium

I love a fun project that only takes an afternoon to build and looks fantastic when it’s done! Now that I’ve shown how simple this project is…I’d love to know who else is going to build their own shelf?

How To Build A Large Wall Shelf with Varathane Premium

How To Build A Large Wall Shelf with Varathane Premium

How To Build A Large Wall Shelf with Varathane Premium

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Dresser Transformation with Varathane Premium

Repurposing furniture can be an easy and rewarding DIY projectAshley Basnight of Handmade Haven shows how a quick coat of Varathane Premium wood stain can transform an old piece of furniture into a beautiful brand new masterpiece.

Who doesn’t love bringing a furniture piece back to life? When I first started blogging, furniture repurposing was actually how I got started. Refreshing a piece always brought me a sense of enjoyment, so I was super excited to take it back to my roots and transform this dresser.

Repurposed Furniture: Dresser Transformation with Varathane Premium

Lately, I have been working on my master bedroom refresh and needed a dresser to complete the look. Luckily, while browsing online, I was able to find this incredible piece of furniture. I knew with a little love, it would be the perfect addition to my bedroom.

I am happy to walk you through the process of how I gave my dresser a refresh and hopefully it inspires you to dust off that old piece in your house!

Materials Used

First, things first, I had to gather all of the materials I needed to get this dresser looking great again.

Repurposed Furniture: Dresser Transformation with Varathane Premium

Step 1: Furniture Prep

Once I had all of my materials gathered, it was time to prep the piece for stain. The first thing I did was remove all of the hardware from the furniture piece. I took off all of the drawer knobs and took off the little metal casters on the bottom.

Repurposed Furniture: Dresser Transformation with Varathane Premium

It was evident that the dresser had some sort of top coat and stain on it, so I knew I wanted to strip the dresser completely down, so that the new stain could adhere well to the furniture piece. I first went in with my disc sander with 80-grit sandpaper to get the existing finish off.

Repurposed Furniture: Dresser Transformation with Varathane Premium

I opted to use my disc sander because they are super powerful, they take the finish right off; you do want to make sure you are taking your time when sanding and not pressing down to hard, to prevent rings in your furniture, but the disc sander will get the job done.

Repurposed Furniture: Dresser Transformation with Varathane Premium

There were a few trim pieces on my piece and some corners on the sides that I couldn’t get with my disc sander, so I used my Corner Cat Sander and Dremel MultiMax to get into those tight corners. I love using my Dremel because it comes with so many cool attachments to help with jobs like these.

Repurposed Furniture: Dresser Transformation with Varathane Premium

Once I got all of the finish sanded off, I was amazed at how good the dresser looked with the natural wood, I almost wanted to leave it that way. I knew at this point that the project was going to turn out great.

After sanding it all down with 80-grit, I went back through and sanded it down with 220-grit sandpaper to smooth out the surface.

Repurposed Furniture: Dresser Transformation with Varathane Premium

Step 2: The Staining Process

Now for the fun part; the staining process. It took me a while to decide which color I wanted to go with at first, and I almost went with weathered grey but decided that the Varathane Premium Dark Walnut would go better with my bedroom decor.

Repurposed Furniture: Dresser Transformation with Varathane Premium

The best part about this wood stain is that it doesn’t require a wood conditioner; a step I normally do when building furniture. It also has a one hour dry time, which for me was appealing because I can’t get my furniture in the house fast enough once its dry.

Before staining. I made sure to blow off any sawdust from the sanding and wiped down the dresser with a damp rag and then let it sit to dry and I was ready to get to staining.

Repurposed Furniture: Dresser Transformation with Varathane Premium

When you open your stain, you want to make sure to stir it up really well. This will ensure all of the particles are mixed well and you’re ready for application.

I opted to use a foam brush to apply the stain because it makes it really easy and less messy.

You will want to apply a nice coat on your piece. When I dipped the foam brush into the stain, I quickly noticed that it was really thick; I knew that the one coat coverage was going to do the job.

After applying the stain, I let it sit for around 5 min. The longer you let the stain sit, the richer the stain will be. After letting it sit, I used an old rag to wipe off the excess stain. This step is very important; you want to make sure you don’t leave all of the stain on the dresser. Or else your piece will be sticky and blotchy.

Repurposed Furniture: Dresser Transformation with Varathane Premium

I went through in sections and applied the stain all over the dresser. I would stain one side and then wipe that side off and proceed to the next side. You want to make sure you apply your stain in sections, to ensure a nice even look.

Once I finished staining the outer part of the dresser, I knew I had went with the right color choice. Varathane Premium Dark Walnut stain was so rich.

Repurposed Furniture: Dresser Transformation with Varathane Premium

After staining the outer part of the dresser, I almost went with the two-tone look because the stain looked so pretty with the natural wood. But decided against it and began staining the drawers. The foam brush really made the application easy with the trim on the doors.

Repurposed Furniture: Dresser Transformation with Varathane Premium

After staining the dresser, I let it sit for an hour to dry and man was it looking good. I decided to put one top coat of polyurethane for protection and added on some golden knobs to give it a fresh look.

The Transformation

This Varathane Premium wood stain really brought my dresser to life and it looks amazing in its new little corner. I love how easy it was to transform this old piece and give it a fresh new look.

Repurposed Furniture: Dresser Transformation with Varathane Premium

Repurposed Furniture: Dresser Transformation with Varathane Premium

If you are thinking of transforming an old dresser, Varathane Premium Wood Stain can get the job done.

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How to Stain Soft Woods with Varathane Premium

Whenever you want to revamp any old pieces throughout the home, a quick stain can immediately improve the look and feel of your vintage items. Alexi Parry of Seeking Alexi shows you how interior staining can be simple and effective for any DIY indoor project.

When I first started staining projects, unbeknownst to me, I was doing it all wrong. I made fundamental beginner’s mistakes and I wish I would have done some research, first! Now, I’ve learned the hard way the proper ways to stain using lots of trial and error and lots of research. And now, I bring all of this knowledge to YOU! If you’re reading this article, you’re probably about to stain—yay! I hope this tutorial is helpful for you to learn how to stain!

If you’re one to prefer video tutorials, I share these beginner steps AND a few intermediate/advanced steps over on my YouTube channel. Make sure you go check it out if you’re ready to learn a few extra staining tips (plus, I created the perfect recipe for the prettiest stain color ever, if I do say so myself)!

How to Stain Soft Woods with Varathane Premium

Step 1: Lightly Sand Your Wood

First and foremost, you need to sand your projects. This is a crucial step to making sure that everything else goes smoothly when you sand. I recommend you sand your wood with at least 120-150 grit sandpaper, but you can certainly go higher (if you have the patience!).

Step 2: Stain your Wood

  1. Before you begin this step, I highly recommend you test your desired stain on a leftover scrap piece of wood from your project—make sure it’s the same type of wood! Do this because it’s a large pain to remove stain if you don’t like the color. Be absolutely certain you’re staining with the right color! I picked a beautiful dark walnut color to blend.
  2. When you stain, use a rag or brush and paint the stain in the same direction as the grain.
  3. For these Varathane Premium stains, let the stain sit on your wood for 2-3 minutes to achieve a one-coat color. It may look slightly “darker” if you leave it on longer, but Varathane Premium stains are specifically created for one-coat staining, so one coat should be all you need!
  4. Vigorously wipe off all of the stain using your disposable rag. Don’t leave any extra stain on your project or it will be sticky to the touch.

Step 3: Let Stain Dry for 1 Hour

Before you seal your project, make sure it has enough time to fully dry. If you live somewhere that’s humid, this waiting time might take longer.

Step 4: Seal Your Wood

How to Stain Soft Woods with Varathane Premium

Especially for projects that will see any “wear and tear,” it’s recommended that you seal your wood. For the plant stands I’m staining, I’m opting for this Varathane Spar Urethane, which is a water-resistant sealant in case I spill any water as I water my plants.

  1. To seal your wood, use a paintbrush and use as few brush strokes as you can—this will help you avoid bubbles from forming.
  2. This urethane goes on milky in color and dries clear. Let each coat dry for 2 hours, lightly sand with high-grit sandpaper between coats, and add 3 coats.
  3. Let the urethane cure for at least 24 hours before you put into use!

Conclusion

How to Stain Soft Woods with Varathane Premium

I hope this helped you understand the basics of staining your wood projects! Don’t forget I share a LOT more tips for staining projects over on my YouTube video. Check it out, let me know what you think with a comment, and good luck staining!

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Stain Your Deck the Right Way with Olympic Stain

There is no better place to spend the warmer months than on your back deck or patio. Timisha Porcher of Tool Box Divas transformed her neighbor’s deck into an oasis by using Olympic Stain to bring it back to its full potential. Read more for a step-by-step tutorial on staining your deck.

With more people home, we are enjoying more aspects of our home. We actually have time to sit outside and enjoy our space. My neighbor loves being outdoors and spending time on her deck. Unfortunately, her deck needed a little TLC. That’s why I’m so grateful to be able to partner with The Home Depot and Olympic Stains to assist my neighbor during these challenging times.

Some of the rails had water damage and the deck floor was discolored and faded. She and I were talking about it one day and she asked me if I could help her give new life to her deck. Well, of course I can! It’s kind of my thing, you know?

Originally, she thought she just wanted to go with a clear sheen that would seal the deck and extend its life for a few more summers. However, once we got into the project and had to replace old and rotten boards it became apparent that a solid stain would be more appealing.

Here’s how we stained my neighbor’s deck. Prior to starting a deck project like washing and staining a deck, you want to check the weather to ensure all of your efforts won’t get rained on.

1. Prep the Surface

Before you can do anything it is extremely important to prepare the deck surface before you do anything. This is probably the most important step because if you bypass this step all your effort will be in vain. Your stain may not adhere to the deck and could chip and peel. Start by securing any loose boards and screw in place any raised deck screws. I’m working with an older deck that was constructed with nails. So in this case I’m removing any raised nails and replacing them with deck screws.

Repair any damaged boards on the patio including the railings and steps. Replace boards that are badly damaged or warped. Patch minor holes and cracks using an exterior wood filler like Bondo to fill small holes and gaps.

Sand the surface of the deck using a belt sander or pole sander. The rails can be sanded using an orbital sander.

2. Clean the Deck

Now it’s time to remove all that gunk and mildew that’s set into the deck boards over the years. To clean the deck we will be using Olympic Premium Deck Cleaner. I love this cleaner because it literally does all the work for you. It comes pre mixed and you don’t have to scrub the surface. Using a pump sprayer and spray liberally on the deck floors. Apply from the bottom to the top on the railings. Allow the cleaner to sit for 5-10 minutes. Like magic you will start to see the dirt and mildew disappear. Seriously, it really is magic.

Thoroughly rinse away the deck cleaner using a hose or pressure washer. If using a pressure washer, ensure you are using the correct nozzle and the pressure setting matches the job. You don’t want to accidentally damage the deck boards.

Allow the deck to dry for 24 hours before applying stain.

4. Apply Stain to the Deck Railings

Now it’s finally time to actually stain your deck.

There is a big long story behind the Olympic Exterior Stain color my neighbor ultimately went with. She literally pondered over the vast color selection of Olympic’s solid stain collection for hours. Finally, I said to her, pick a color that defines how you live your life. And she selected the Olympic Elite Solid Stain in Navajo Red and I couldn’t have been more proud. My neighbor typically opts for the safe neutral tones. Instead, she selected a color that is bold and makes a statement like she does in her everyday life.

The Olympic Elite Solid Stain is an all-in-1 stain and sealant and will undoubtedly extend the life of her deck. Also with a solid stain she doesn’t have to worry about having an uneven finish like she had previously, trying to match new and aged boards.

Apply the stain to the deck railing using a small brush and roller following the grain of the wood.

5. Stain the Deck Floor

The thing about staining a deck, you don’t need a lot of fancy tools. It can all be accomplished with a good brush and and paint rollers with a ¾ in. to 1 in. nap. The roller fabric should also be able to handle rough exterior surfaces.

Start with painting the crevices between the decking. Take an angled brush and paint the space between each board first. This may sound tedious, but this step greatly speeds up the application time. Doing this will ensure full coverage of the stain.

Next take a thick roller designed for deck staining and roll the paint onto the surface of the deck. If you have two people, have one person paint between the boards and the other go behind with the roller.

6. Allow the Deck to Dry for 24-48 Hours

Allow the deck to dry for 24-48 hours before placing the furniture back on the deck.

7. Enjoy

Once it’s dry, sit back and relax and enjoy the fruits of your labor.

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DIY Deck Makeover with Olympic Wood Stain

Liven up your back patio or deck without over spending on an expensive remodel job. Check out how Sam Raimondi of DIY Huntress revamped her Grandparents’ patio deck with a few simple coats of Olympic Exterior Wood Stain.

Summertime is the perfect time to give your deck some love! I recently decided to refresh my grandparents’ weathered deck in their backyard with Olympic Exterior Stain to give them a cute and practical outdoor space to hang out on while stuck at home. This project took me a few days to complete (luckily, the weather held out) and made a huge impact in their backyard.

Here’s the before:

DIY Deck Makeover with Olympic Stain

Here’s the after:

DIY Deck Makeover with Olympic Stain

Not bad for a long weekend of work. Ready to see how I did it? Let’s get started!

Step 1

First step in any deck project is to clear the deck and inspect the boards to see if any need to be repaired or replaced.

DIY Deck Makeover with Olympic Stain

Step 2

Once the boards were inspected (I luckily didn’t have to replace any), I knocked down any loose or lifted nails using a hammer.

DIY Deck Makeover with Olympic Stain

Step 3

Next, I cleaned off the deck using a thick bristle brush.

DIY Deck Makeover with Olympic Stain

Step 4

After removing debris from the deck, it was time to prep the yard for a deep deck cleaning. I started by using a garden hose to soak all of the plants surrounding the deck. This will help dilute any solution that touches the plants during cleaning.

DIY Deck Makeover with Olympic Stain

Step 5

Next, I added a bottle of Olympic Deck Cleaner to a handheld pump sprayer. I then used the sprayer to saturate the dry deck boards. I also made sure to use a thick bristled brush to work the solution into the boards. Then, I allowed the solution to sit for 10 – 15 minutes.

DIY Deck Makeover with Olympic Stain

Step 6

After 10 – 15 minutes, I then used my power washer on the lowest setting to wash away the solution from the decking boards. I then let the deck dry for a full 24 hours.

DIY Deck Makeover with Olympic Stain

Step 7

The next day, I used a pole sander to just knock down any splinters or fuzzy pieces of wood that were leftover from the power washing. This can also be done using a powered sander as well. The amount of sanding that will need to be done will depend on the condition of the wood.

DIY Deck Makeover with Olympic Stain

Step 8

After sanding, it was time to brush off the deck one more time and then prepare it for stain by hanging plastic wrap on any surfaces I did not want to paint (i.e., the house, fence, and plants).

DIY Deck Makeover with Olympic Stain

Step 9

Next, I poured my cans of Olympic Elite Solid Stain into a 5-gallon bucket to make sure the color stayed consistent. I chose a solid stain for this project because the deck is a bit older, and the solid stain will give it a rich color but still emphasize the texture of the wood.

DIY Deck Makeover with Olympic Stain

Step 10

I then began to paint the deck and started by spraying stain on the lattice and railings using a paint sprayer. I also made sure to back brush the paint with a paintbrush to remove any drips or excess paint.

DIY Deck Makeover with Olympic Stain

Step 11

When it was time to paint the decking boards, I tried a few different methods ranging from applying the paint with a paint roller to using a deck stain applicator. But, in the end I opted to use my handheld paint sprayer to apply the finish to the deck and then back brush each board with a paintbrush.

DIY Deck Makeover with Olympic Stain

The Olympic Elite Solid Stain is a stain and sealant all-in-one. So I only needed to apply two coats and wait two hours in between them. I then let the stain dry for 48 hours before walking on it or installing some new patio furniture and a small bistro set from The Home Depot.

Talk about a transformation!

Before:

DIY Deck Makeover with Olympic Stain

After:

DIY Deck Makeover with Olympic Stain

It’s pretty amazing what a few days of work and a fresh coat of stain can do to a space (and to your grandparents’ lifestyle). My grandparents are stoked on their new outdoor space. I cannot wait to hang with them on their newly improved deck for coffee and board games really soon!

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