DIY Staining a Fence
You guys!! We finally got the fence stained! It has been a long time coming! We installed the fence over a year ago – you can see that article HERE . We were told to let it weather a season or even better a full year before staining to make sure it’s dry and will take the stain well. So we did that…plus a couple extra months lol!
We actually did half of the fence about 3 weeks ago, but had to wait for our neighbors to move their camper & for the torrential rain to stop so we could do the other half. If you know me at all you know I don’t like doing projects like this halfway & then taking a break for several weeks! I want it done! Lol! Mostly because I’m ready to move on to the next thing. I mean lets be honest while staining the fence makes a huge impact on the outside of the house, it’s not exactly something that’s ‘fun’ to do, right?
So here’s what our house looked like before diy staining the fence.
Lucky for us we were able to use the paint sprayer my uncle gave us for this project. If you don’t have a sprayer I HIGHLY recommend renting one from your local hardware store. It made this project a snap! As time (and projects) have gone on I’ve realized the importance of buying quality products. I never buy the cheapest paint or stain but I never buy the most expensive either. I try to find a product that’s good quality & hits right in the middle of the price range. Or I buy the best I can afford, aka am willing to pay for 😉
I knew that I definitely didn’t want to have to stain and seal every year so I ended up buying Olympic Maximum stain & sealant in one which provides 4 years of protection. It’s from Lowe’s & costs about $150 for a 5 gallon bucket & I needed right around 2 of them. They have several colors to choose from but I picked Canyon Brown. You can find a direct link for the stain HERE. Besides the stain, we also needed the sprayer, an extension cord & some nice weather 🙂
Using a Sprayer
If you’ve never used a paint sprayer like this they’re really easy & actually fun to use. The one we used is pictured below. It’s an older model but works like a charm 🙂 Basically you pour in the stain & pull the trigger. One lesson we learned right off the bat is when painting the fence go in up & down motions covering a little more than 2 boards at a time. All the way from the top to the bottom, move over & repeat. If you paint from side to side it leaves streaks which will be visible later. Eek!
But don’t worry we had an extra panel that we’ve stained correctly & will be swapping for this one 😉
Check Out that Video
You can see in the video the up & down motion I mentioned earlier & also note how much faster the process is with a sprayer vs doing it by hand. The sprayer does have to be cleaned out really well afterward which takes a little bit too but as you can see it’s SO worth it!
Once you find your rhythm you hold in the trigger & keep going, only to be slowed down by having to moved the sprayer with you or refill it. It took us 1-1 1/2 hours to do each half of the fence & that’s front & back. So it’s definitely something that can be done in a day or a weekend depending on the size of your fence.
Staining the fence changed the way our home looks immensely from the curb, but even more importantly in the backyard where I’m hard at work making it our little cottage sanctuary! Can’t wait to share more of it with you! I would love to answer any questions you might have or hear about what projects you’re working on!
Have a lovely day y’all!