ORC: Staining the Treehouse Wood

It’s Thursday and you know what that means! Time for my One Room Challenge update. Every week for 6 weeks, I’ll be linking up as a One Room Challenge guest participant with Linda of Calling it Home. There are so many amazing rooms being transformed! This week I worked on staining the wood of the treehouse. All of the beams, railing and decking now (mostly) blend in with the trees.

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After this weekend that was bitter cold, I’m thankful that the weather has been a bit more cooperative these past few days. Working on the treehouse is a bit of a challenge because it’s so far out in the woods. There is no access to water or electricity, which is difficult. The deck needed to be cleaned before I could start staining it. And the stamps on the lumber needed to be sanded off. Luckily there weren’t many of them because I had to do it by hand.

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The cleaning part was accomplished with a mop and bucket. I added a bit of bleach to the water and carried it out to the treehouse. I felt pretty ridiculous mopping a deck for a treehouse! But it got the job done. I also scrubbed it with a brush to get all of the stuff off. Then I had to carry out another bucket of water to rinse it.

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Once it was dry, I started staining it. I chose a color that would blend in with the trees. My daughter was horrified that I had chosen black. She wanted pink or something. Besides, it’s not even black. An invisible treehouse is much cooler than a colorful one! Plus, the inside details will have plenty of color.

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I’m using this experience as a learning experience for when I stain our big deck. The first coat went on streaky. I blame using a crappy stain pad. The big nice one that I bought was too big for the paint tray. It turns out that my hardware store doesn’t even carry one that’s big enough. I waited a day and I applied a second coat by brush and it looks much better. So far, I’ve spent 2 days staining and I’ll have to spend a few more hours on it, at least.

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I went back and got in between the cracks with a paint brush. There are still a few places that I missed. I’m hoping to reach them with a ladder.

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I like that the stain is almost the exact color of the tree bark! And apparently I missed an entire beam…

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Thank goodness for podcasts to keep me company.

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I’m lying. This crazy girl also kept me company. Isn’t she cute? She stands at the ladder and whines and I swear it sounds like she’s saying, “I love you.” Which is more than my good for nothing children have said so far about my hard work… (I’m feeling a little bitter after they didn’t even want to go see my progress.)

 

Today, I’m starting on the walls. And the windows and doors. I even have a real helper with hands, not paws! I’m hoping to get the harder parts done in the next few days so that I can start on the fun part: the decorating and the shopping.

And if nothing else, my husband and I are going to have an amazing treehouse to hang out in. We’ll call it The Love Shack. 😉

Check out the other ORC participants here (featured designers) and here (guests)!

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12 thoughts on “ORC: Staining the Treehouse Wood”

  1. wow, going to be an awesome treehouse! can’t wait to see the finish product. i’m doing a powder room for the ORC and the timelines are tough aren’t they?!

  2. I adore the direction that your room is headed towards! You did SO much better than I did in my room this week.

    I would love for you to share this post at Thoughts of Home on Thursday. I think our readers would really enjoy it!

    Good luck in the upcoming week!

    • Thanks Madeline! I’m happy with the color, but the coverage was not great. Good thing it’s only the treehouse and not the entire deck. Now I know to use a different brand.

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