The last screw has been screwed.
We’re talking about our deck, by the way. We screwed the last board into place on Saturday afternoon, completing all the necessary repairs before the big clean and stain.
The tough part of this stage of the repair was finishing out the railing that the previous owner had removed.
For a couple of complete novices, though, we thought the railing turned out pretty spiffy. We’re planning on painting the spindles of the railing white to help mitigate the redwood v. pine issue.
We did try to match some stains this weekend between some redwood scraps and leftover pine, but we didn’t have much luck. We used Behr Semi-Transparent Stain in Redwood and deep, chocolatey brown we thought might cover both woods well.
As it turns out, redwood stain looks nothing like redwood itself. It’s actually a ghastly orange.
We were able to get close (but not close enough for my taste) with repeated coats of the redwood stain and the chocolate brown, but the layers of stain were so thick that I could scrape them off with my fingernail… so just imagine what our puppies’ nails would do to it.
So now we’re left in a conundrum. Do we trust the pros who say they can get the two woods “really close” or do we bite the bullet and replace the remaining redwood deck boards with pine and stain them ourselves? The two options cost about the same amount of money. Time’s running out and we don’t know what to do!