Monday, April 28, 2014

Carolina Spice Bush & Staining the Deck

We've spent the last three days staining the deck. You might recall last week Gary pressure washed the decks. We decided to use Thompson's Water Seal. You can see the difference where the chair is sitting.

Since it's a semi transparent stain the color called Acorn Brown, you can still see some of the wood grain. We've been working on the deck for three days and it's still not done.

What a difference it makes. The deck looks brand new in comparison. But it's a lot of work and we seem to get the best results by hand brushing the stain, which means a lot of up and down. Ugh.

Meanwhile my neighbor offered to give me some seeds she saved. It's a Carolina Spice Bush. We'll see if it comes up from seed. One of these days I'll get another camera so I can take some photos in focus. Ha. Thanks for reading and for all your comments.


  1. How frustrating to be a photographer with a gimpy camera! Keep potting friend!

  2. Hi Barbara, thanks, I guess I could learn to use it properly but I have so much other stuff to do, never enough time.

  3. you 2 are putting in the sweat!

  4. The deck looks much better, indeed. Good job!
    As for David, he hasn't complained about his photo being taken for my blog.

  5. The deck is looking good. I am so enjoying reading about your progress on things, as most of it is what we are facing at our Idaho house. Hard work, but so nice to sit back and enjoy the results. Hubby is hoping to powerwash and stain our deck this trip. I am really leaning towards a grey stain, since all we have ever had before has been redwood colored. We will see.

  6. Goodness you have been/are busy. But soooo productive.

  7. Hi Meredith, thanks, yes lots of sweat. Ha.

    Hi Joanne, thanks, the rain has us at a standstill, so we're resting up.

    Hi Gigi, thanks, my Gary doesn't care either. Ha.

    Hi Barbara, thanks, make sure you're careful to set the pressure washer on a setting that doesn't damage the wood and good luck. The acorn brown is supposed to be a tan but has a little reddish color to it; I am glad we didn't get redwood or cedar color, it would have been way too red.

    Hi Elephant's Child, thanks, we're trying to get all the outside stuff done before all the summer heat.


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