The House That Jack Built – Realistic Deck Stain Expectations

Front Entrance

Each treated board is as unique as the tree it came from and will absorb the semi-transparent stain differently, creating a variance in the degree of coloration..  Note the same application variances will carry over to the knots that dot the wood board planking.

Personally, I like the variety of tone and texture  In my opinion, it has added depth and character to the decking and has enhanced the overall craftsman cottage motif.

The deck area ceiling is pine car siding.  Rails and steps stained treated lumber.  Decking platform, cement with decking board imprint.

Originally I was going to acid stain the cement deck brown.  I have changed my mind.  Now I feel the cement deck blends well with the gray Kemlite foundation covering. (To view the deck cement planking visit blog page:


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Down in my basement, lined neatly on a shelf are handwritten notebooks chronicling my life. After years of writing, the experience became more of a burden then an important part of my day so I quit writing. Five years later I took up writing again. This time it was in the form of a blog which gave me a place to hang out after I lost my job. From there my blog content morphed into writing about my general contractor experience building our house. As my life experiences grew so did my blog.

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