OMG, Me Staining a Fence? What in the world is he thinking!

by Jenn

This post brought to you by Flood® Wood Care. All opinions are 100% mine.

It being summer and all, I wanted to have a party in my backyard.  I have one problem, my wooden fence looks awful, it needs to be stained. Getting a new fence was out of the question, why get rid of a perfectly working fence just because it doesn’t look right. Staining the fence myself, now that seemed like an impossible project. I knew nothing about staining wood. Where would I start? What did I need? How long would it take? How would I prepare the fence for stain? How much stain would I need?

OMG, Me Staining a Fence? What in the world is he thinking!

I know, it’s a lot of question, but seriously I know nothing about staining a fence.  Now that I’m fixing to be a stay at home mom, my husband is talking about all these things I can do now.  Humm, isn’t the honey do list supposed to be the other way around?  Oh well, I’m sure there is something I can do right.  Me and my two year old, yup she can do the math, and I can drive us where we need to go.  LOL, okay it’s not really that funny, but can you picture it… I know I sure can, my toddler would probably be telling me what I need to do next…

You know Mattie does this type of stuff with her dad all the time.  She’s the one paying attention to what dad is doing and saying.  Normally while I’m standing around, taking or plotting a way to get back inside where it’s nice and cool.. It’s a true story, pinky swear… I’m starting to think this staying home business is going to be harder than I thought, lol.

So you know me, blogger mom and all.  Google is one of my best friends, good and any website that can tell me what do to in a situation like this.  You know, one that I know absolutely nothing about… Boy-o-boy, am I sure glad there’s Flood.com…

When I came upon http://www.flood.com/ their website answered all my questions with an interactive selection guide. Their step by step guide helps you from the beginning of your project through the completion of your project. The interactive guide asks you questions and by answering these simple questions, they also have pictures to go with the questions to make the selection even easier, you are able to find out how much stain you need, what products you need to protect the wood, it even lets you choose the store you would like to get your products from by entering your zip code.

OMG, Me Staining a Fence? What in the world is he thinking!

Thanks to their guide I am able to go into Home-depot knowing exactly what I need for my project, and let me tell you as a woman going in there, armed with all the information from Flood’s Staining made simple guide I felt incredible. I look forward to finishing my fence and starting another project because of the information I learned and the confidence I gained using their Staining Made Simple guide.  I’m not going to have to have Mattie, my toddler give me directions so dad doesn’t think I never pay attention to him.

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Cindy Lundquist-Heldmann May 1, 2013 - 8:46 pm

My fence looks the same!! I guess a power washer will bring it back to its original look prior to adding stain or a finish. I will also be tackling this project soon and am not looking forward to it but I am going to do it right so that I am not redoing it again in a few years..

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Anne May 1, 2013 - 6:51 pm

Good for you for taking on a project that seemed overwhelming! Although I must say I kind of like the weathered, mossy look of your fence the way it is now.

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Lisa Schweizer May 1, 2013 - 3:49 am

We have the exact same fence in our yard!! It needs staining so badly!! Thanks for the picture and good luck!! Maybe you can come do mine next ;)

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Susan Johnson May 1, 2013 - 2:12 am

I had to laugh when you Googled it, because as I read what you wrote, that was all I thought- I do the same thing!!! I have saved so much time and money googling answers to my questions. Flood Wood Care’s website is fantastic, I love that they take your location and tell you if it’s a good day to stain your wood. Totally cool! Thanks for the review, I’ll definitely look for this product in the future, knowing I have great online support for any questions once I get home.

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Sarah L May 1, 2013 - 1:41 am

Glad to know you found a good site that had instructions you could follow and what to buy for it. Yes, please do post pictures of your finished fence.

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ANN*H April 30, 2013 - 9:27 pm

Oh my dont remind me . We should stain our fence this year too. Last time we did it we used
a name brand water sealer but I dont think it worked so good. Maybe using a stain will work better on it . Cant afford to replace it all yet.

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Jo-Ann Brightman April 30, 2013 - 5:51 pm

At first I waas laughing at your preicament, but soon I admired how you took charge of the situation. You should have some befoe and after photos of your fence.

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Wendi Scharrer April 30, 2013 - 4:38 pm

Good luck with your project! I checked out the web site and they have gret videos in the DIY Tips section.

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Maria Iemma April 30, 2013 - 2:39 pm

You are brave, even with instructions I think this project would be too big for me. I wish you the best – don’t forget to post the after picture.

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desire April 30, 2013 - 2:34 pm

i like the wy they can stian we did stain the prch when we were living in the house

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Peggy Greco April 30, 2013 - 1:44 pm

Thanks for sharing this with us and keep us updated about the fence!

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Karen Glatt April 30, 2013 - 12:56 pm

I have stained a fence and it turned out really nice. The stain lasted for years. But I know that it is hard to do and getting the right products is crucial. With a little bit of determination any person can do a good job!

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Kathaleen Petelle April 30, 2013 - 9:13 am

Would love to see you doing this!

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Karen Hand April 30, 2013 - 7:38 am

You poor dear! I tackled this job myself two years ago. The staining isn’t the fun part, it’s the prep work that really gets you. It took almost a week of daily work with the pressure washer to get my fence clean enough to stain. And then, of course, you have to let your fence dry for several days before the actual staining can take place. Oh, and by the way, if you use a paint sprayer, just make sure that there is NO breeze whatsoever. When staining the fence between my home and the home next to me, there was a very slight breeze and the stain got on the neighbor’s house. Luckily, it came right off with soap and water, but cleaning the eaves of someone else’s home is not my idea of fun. All the best of luck to you. Get ready for a good workout!!

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md kennedy April 30, 2013 - 12:16 am

Good luck on the project. Can’t wait to see how it turns out!

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