New porch in one nap time (plus a giveaway from HomeRight)

As many of you would concur, time is the most precious of all my resources. I’m constantly looking for ways to get a DIY project done faster. Restaining our wraparound porch floor was no exception. I had one afternoon last week to get it done, factoring in an hour or so of “life-guarding” to make sure no children or dogs stepped on the wet stain while it dried.

I should mention we have a fairly large porch, which is certainly awesome 99 percent of the time. The 1 percent of the time it’s not awesome is when we have to sweep, clean or restain it. 😉

Considering my short time frame for this project, I prepared the wooden porch floor for stain the night before. I scrubbed it down with my magic mildew wash, then power-washed it to remove any leftover dirt and loose finish. It’s important to have a clean, dry surface before applying any stain or paint.

Pressure washing porch

Because our floor was previously stained with a solid, beige color, that limited my choices to another solid stain. The good news is that there really are a lot of great color choices out there in solid, exterior stain.

I wanted to stain the floor a different color than our posts and railing, so I went with a rich chestnut color that I thought would work perfectly with our green house siding. (For help choosing colors that work together in a space, check out my color wheel lesson post here.)

When the big day (i.e. afternoon nap time) arrived, I gathered all my materials and tackled this beast with all the desperate fervor one caffeine-fueled toddler mom can muster.


The key to the success of this project? The right preparation and the right tools. Check out my short video below that highlights the process.

Here’s a list of the tools and products* that made this whirlwind project possible:

Here’s what my “new” porch looks like now:



Now on to the giveaway! If you’ve got a large staining project on your to-do list that you’d like to tackle at lightning speed, HomeRight is giving away a Deck Pro StainStick with Gap Wheel Stain Applicator AND Deck Pro 12″ Flat & Gap Stainer to one of you luckies!

Enter below to win!

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*Special thanks to HomeRight for sponsoring this post and giveaway. I’m thrilled to be a brand ambassador for HomeRight and, as always, all thoughts, opinions and projects are my own.


** Affiliate links are provided in this post for your convenience. 

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36 Responses

  1. Carmen says:

    I have been thinking of staining my deck for sometime now and this would definitely help me get started.

  2. Sean says:

    We just finished building a deck and now need to stain it. This would come in very handy indeed!

  3. Alina says:

    My stairwell needs some serious powerwashing and restaining action! I also just purchased two outdoor chairs that could use a little staining love.

  4. Laurie says:

    It would be perfect for our tired fence which is the first thing one sees as they come to our home. Maybe after that the house!

  5. Allison CB says:

    Currently looking at staining our massive two level deck!!!

  6. teresa says:

    Thanks for the chance. Homeright’s facebook page is full of so many ideas. I’d definitely use this on our deck. It’s long overdue.

  7. Mimi says:

    Wow – great “new” porch! Thanks for the chance to win help for our deck

    • Mimi says:

      looks like the HomeRight Deck Pro StainStick with Gap Wheel** Stain Applicator would make life much easier

  8. Jessica says:

    Hi there!

    I’m looking forward to my stay-cation coming up at the end of August. Staining our deck is definitely on the list! It hasn’t seen any love in many, many years!


  9. Linda Ball says:

    Our deck is sorely in need of being refurbished, but just haven’t had the know how or tools to do the job. This would be great help!!!

  10. Nancy Carr says:

    My front porch and carport need to be stained. This would greatly help. Thank you. I follow both of you on facebook.

  11. Meari says:

    These would come in handy! Your porch looks great.

  12. Kelly D says:

    This would speed up the project that I somehow seem to get every year or so of staining our back deck.

  13. Sally says:

    I have my front porch and back screen porch floors to stain. They are concrete and are in desperate need of staining.

  14. Your newly stained porch looks wonderful. Our deck needs to be done and I am inspired to attack the daunting chore after seeing how great your finished project turned out.

  15. grammygoodwill says:

    Your porch looks great. I could use that to paint my son’s deck. He’s been busy making an apartment in the basement of his house to rent out and his deck really needs some TLC. Thanks for the chance to win.

  16. Sue Fromm says:

    Our porch decking has been down for a year and now needs staining to protect . Thinking a chestnut stain to complement the siding and railings.

  17. MARTHAIA says:

    I can use this for some extra shelves & front porch rails… TY

  18. Janelle says:

    Gorgeous! I love the color. We need to restain our deck and this makes it look easy!

  19. Carol S. says:

    I need it to stain and porch and railing.

  20. Leona says:

    Love your porch! The color looks incredible. We’re buying a home with a deck so this info will become valuable. I can’t wait to have a place to put my own chairs soon!

  21. Patricia C says:

    I would stain my wooden entry way and stairs. I have been wanting to put in a cement slab in the backyard and stain it to look like its tiled.

  22. Cheryl says:

    This is just what I need to breathe new life into our deck!

  23. Kaye Newman says:

    I have a very large deck. This would definitely speed up the process of staining it.

  24. Lisa R. says:

    I would stain our new deck! So excited to see there are products to make the job easier!. Thanks for the chance to win.

  25. rachel says:

    Think this would work on a large built-in cabinet? We have one that’s about 16 feet long and 3 feet high that needs to be stained.

  26. Tina W says:

    I’d love to stain my back fence, it’s looking a little tired.

  27. Ashley says:

    I would stain the fence around my yard

  28. Lisha says:

    My husband is always looking for projects around our home and I think he would really like this for staining our back deck and other furniture.

  29. cassie says:

    our deck needs to be stained badly

  30. Vunda V says:

    we’re building a house now and will have to stain our new deck this fall! I would love to speed up the process

  31. Vera K says:

    This would be just what I need to restain my deck.

  32. Anita says:

    Your porch looks great. I would love to know how well the stain has held up since you redid it. I saw a lot of reviews that it peels and doesn’t last. What has your experience been?

    • Susan says:

      Well, Anita, so far so good. No peeling, cracking or chipping to date. My porch is all under roof, so I’m sure that helps with longevity. I did touch up the front stair, since our dog used it repeatedly and there were a few scrapes where his paws were. 🙂

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