Staining a Fence and Painting a Grilling Station

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Staining a Fence and Painting a Grilling Station

When the weather turns from the chilly days of winter to the balmy days of spring, it’s a good time to turn your attention towards sprucing up those outdoor spaces. Below are two projects that can add color and durability to your outdoor oasis.

The best way to preserve your wood fence and prevent it from turning gray is to apply a stain. If you have weathered wood, please follow the cleaning procedures detailed in this entry before beginning.

After we stain the wooden fence, we’ll turn a fold out workbench into a convenient grilling prep table or buffet. A coat of paint dresses it up and helps it stand up to the elements.

Staining a Fence

Materials Needed for Staining a Fence

Materials for Staining a Fence

Step 1: Choose a Color

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Choose a stain color depending on what type of wood your fence is. It’s important to note that if you are using a transparent or semi transparent stain, the natural color of your wood will influence the color appearance.  For instance, pine can lighten or yellow the perception of the color, while redwood may redden or darken it. To make sure that you’ll be happy with your stain color choice, buy a sample and test it on a small area of your fence.


Step 2: Select Applicator

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Take a look at your fence’s surface before you begin.  The surface texture is an indicator of what type of stain applicator will work best. For rough surface, or older wood, a roller with a standard 3/8 in. nap is the best way to go.  For wood with a smooth surface, or new wood, pad applicators are a better fit.  Use a paint brush to cut in, paint in between cracks and apply product where a roller or pad applicator won’t fit.


Step 3: Pour Paint

Staining a Fence

If needed place drop cloth down over surfaces you’d like to protect. Open can of stain and pour into paint tray.


Step 4: Apply Stain

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Apply stain to fence. Press the pad firmly against the wood, but not so much that the stain runs down the fence.


Step 5: Coat All Surfaces

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Continue working pad up and down the fence until all surfaces are coated completely.


Step 5: Fill Small Areas

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For areas the pad applicator can’t reach, use the paint brush to apply your stain. Make sure all accessible areas of the fence are covered.


Step 6: Apply Additional Coats

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Allow first coast of stain two hours minimum to dry before applying the second coat. Repeat Steps 2-5 for the second coat.

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Once complete you’ll have a beautifully protected fence.


Colorful Grilling Prep Table

Ceate a colorful addition to your back yard with an easy to do grill station.

Materials to Create a Colorful Grilling Prep Table

Materials

Step 1: Choose Paint Sheen

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Different paint sheens offer different benefits.  Depending on your project on your project needs you’ll want to choose one over another.  Lower sheens are great at hiding imperfections and smoothing out uneven surfaces, but are not as durable as higher sheens.  Higher sheens are great for surfaces that will experience heavy traffic or high use.  We went with a semi-gloss, the top sheen for durability, for our grilling station. We needed a surface able to endure cutting, scrubbing and hot grill temperatures.

Step 2: Assemble Work Bench

Colorful Grilling Prep Table

Place your drop cloth over your designated painting area. Assemble the work bench by following the instructions provided.


Step 3: Pour Paint

Colorful Grilling Prep Table

Open your exterior paint and pour into paint tray.


Step 4: Saturate Roller

Colorful Grilling Prep Table

Saturate your roller in the paint.


Step 5: Apply Paint to Work Bench

Colorful Grilling Prep Table

Apply the paint to the work bench with your roller. Back roll to smooth out any lap marks, drips, or paint pools. The even application and ease at which you can smooth out the product finish with a foam roller make them the perfect applicator choice for high sheen paints.


Step 6: Fill Small Areas

Colorful Grilling Prep Table

Use your paint brush to apply color in areas the roller can’t reach.


Step 7: Apply Second Coat

Colorful Grilling Prep Table
Colorful Grilling Prep Table

Continue Steps 4 and 5 until the work benches are completely covered. Wait two hours to dry and apply second coat (if needed).


Move your station in place, grab your grilling grub and send out those BBQ invitations!

Tip: We covered our tables with galvanized metal which makes it easier to clean up those inevitable spills.

Staining a Fence and Painting a Grilling Station

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