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Tuesday, April 19, 2011

Need your fence stained?

... don't call us....

Friday evening Jerry and I decided to take on a 'do it yourself' project, staining our fence. We had been wanting to do it for a while, the weather was gorgeous and if we waited much longer it was gonna get brutally hot.

Day One, Power Wash the fence. I took on the job of power washer and loved it!!! I felt powerful, useful, and productive. I loved watching the dirt blow right off the fence. Jerry followed behind with bleach (a job I didn't want). All in all, it wasn't bad. We then moved to the front yard and planted some flowers and played with the neighbors. The evening finished up with Mexican food, a Margarita, and a trip to Lowes Home Improvement.  We didn't get home until after 8:00 and we were tired.

Day Two,  After Church and lunch we put the kids down ready to tackle the staining.  We soon discovered we did not have the right tools for the job.  Jerry thought he could use a bug repellent sprayer, yea ummm NOT!!  The spray just wasn't right.  We tried a roller...  worked ok if we didn't mind the project taking a month to complete.  Jerry ran back to our favorite Lowes and bought a paint sprayer....  after several hours... the job was complete.  We were both covered in oil based stain when done and literally took a bath in mineral spirits and today my muscles are still sore.

I don't mind a little do it yourself... but this is a job worth paying someone else to do.




  1. Great pics!!! We're in the process of staining our deck right now. It's a pain, but I too love the pressure washer! :)

  2. Well- I am proud of you for the effort- that is a big job. Bet you will sleep soundly for at least a few nights while you both recover.

  3. I can't even imagine how much work that was. And with 4 kids!! Okay, you have to post pictures of the fence - I need to see it now. We went with a vinyl fence so that we would not have to worry about painting it.


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