If the thought of staining wood (and the included list of “must-haves”) makes you cringe, I’m writing this for you, sweet friend.
*Pssst! There’s a giveaway at the end of this post* Just sayin’. 😉
Last year, my Dad built these super-handy, table-height raised bed gardens for me – and they are fabulous. HOWEVER, they were badly in need of staining/sealing/weatherproofing. I want these lovelies to last a long time and that means making sure they’re properly cared for.
Considering my previous (not-so-great-first-time) staining experience, you can understand how maybe I wasn’t super thrilled about this job. Stain can be messy, smelly stuff. Thankfully, this time the job was an outside job – so no residual fumes to worry about. Bless.
*This post is sponsored by HomeRight and contains affiliate links for your convenience. Thanks for sharing the love with us here at 1915 House. Full disclosure here.*
Staining Wood without the Hassle
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Whether you have a deck the size of Texas, a postage-stamp-sized back porch, wooden raised bed gardens, or even a trailer (yes, Mr. 1915 used this on his trailer) – the HomeRight StainStick with gap wheel makes your job a *whole* lot easier.
No more tippy stain trays or drippy rollers. The StainStick gets rid of all that hassle. It’s similar to the PaintStick I used on my guest bedroom makeover in that it holds stain *in the handle*. All you do is push the handle to feed stain onto the pad. The spring loaded gap wheel drops in between the boards to finish both the edges and boards at the same time.
The pivoting push handle extends to 61 inches, so you’re not hunched over like Quasimodo while you’re staining. (Your back will thank you). And the handle holds 18 ounces of stain – which means less time refilling – which means YOUR job gets done a whole lot faster.
Thank you, HomeRight, for thinking up things like this that make all of us DIYers jump for joy.
I know, I know…enough of my singing it’s praises. Let’s get down to business, yes? 😀
Raised Bed Gardens Before
These lovely raised beds make my gardening life so much easier, but let’s be honest. They’re looking a little rough.
Not to mention our yard, but that’s another project for another day. Just keepin’ it real. 😉
Ignore the bag of soil waiting to be put in the garden. 🙂 You can see how badly these gardens needed to be stained and sealed.
Staining Wood 101
trays, buckets, brushes, rollers, and block off your entire day stain of choice and your HomeRight StainStick.
That’s all you’ll need. And *maybe* a brush if you need to get into some really tight spots.
Insert your fill tube (shown in the first photo) into your stain can, place StainStick onto the fill tube and pull up stain into the handle. Slowly compress the handle, feeding stain into the pad and start rolling!
This is the fun part. 😀
The gap wheel gets in between the boards and under the lip of the top ledge of the gardens. Once that was done, I grabbed a cheap chip brush to get the legs and we were done!
I wanna give a huge shoutout to Mr. 1915. This sweet man is my better half, my biggest supporter, and I love how he’s always ready to jump into my projects with me. He makes my job so much easier and I love seeing him get a kick out of using our HomeRight products. He doesn’t like when I brag on him, so I’ll stop. Just know that he’s almost always working with me behind the scenes at 1915 House. <3 Thank you, Love.
The After Pics
Isn’t it amazing what a little stain will do? I love the contrast of the darker stain with the white insides of the gardens. My hands are just itching to start planting All the Things. Alas, Spring is slow to arrive in MN.
Staining Wood on a Trailer
Remember that trailer I mentioned in the beginning? (Ladies, I know this isn’t our thing, but your guys might like this)- the StainStick worked like a dream for Mr. 1915’s trailer, too! We got his trailer AND my two raised bed gardens done in a snap.
Here is a before of the trailer (pardon the shadows of the branches):
And the Afters:
My Man is getting some crazy-special paint designed for covering and preventing further rust – He’s excited to try it and I’m excited to see how it turns out! While I won’t post here on the blog about the trailer paint (I know that’s not what you come here for) I just wanted to show you how the stained wood floor turned out. 🙂
So that stain job that you’ve been dragging your feet on? Drag no more, sweet friend! Grab yourself a StainStick (or enter to win one above!) and save yourself tons of time and effort. Maybe treat yourself to an iced coffee to enjoy with all the time you have left over. 😉
You’ve got this!