May 12, 2017 3:40 pm
COLOUR CLASH: Greenish-Yellow meets Reddish-Brown
I'm new to this forum, and probably would have saved myself some mistakes if I'd joined before our renno!!
I'm looking for some advice on deck staining. Some may think I'm being fussy, but I can't stand the choices I made in floor colouring. I had originally chosen a browner floor for inside, but then at the last minute stupidly swapped to a lighter one to suit the kitchen cabinetry. Then we ended up choosing merbau for our new rear deck, to match the existing front deck. Our living dining area flows onto both of these decks, and as far as I'm concerned the clash is horrible. It's like "greeny-yellow meets reddish-brown". I've stopped cringing about lots of our mistakes, but this will continue jump out at me. Our inside space is really small, so I wanted to the deck and inside to feel integrated - we have nice triple stackers opening out, but the colour is so wrong. I can't stain our flooring inside, it's laminate. So how do I correct it? Any ideas?
I would seriously consider painting the deck a nice neutral colour to match fencing and retaining walls etc, although my husband would die, painting over fresh new hard wood!
I think it would look better if the deck timber was a lighter more greyish tone. All the stains I've seen in the shops, and the one we used when the deck was completed make the merbau look even darker and more reddish orange. I know you can get a product that simply waterproofs the timber, but allows it to age and lose some of the tannins. Has anyone tried a product like this? I'm worried that it won't preserve the deck well enough, as, while I do want the colour to fade, I don't want the timbers to get all rough and porous and splintered. What about a stain that has a grey tint? Would that work on merbau?
Would love to hear any ideas and suggestions! Thanks!!
Re: Deck staining colour advice - penetrating oils, painting2
May 12, 2017 4:49 pm
If it were me, I'd try stripping the colour from the deck, and then try staining it a darkish brown colour like the "knot" colour in your laminate. If you stick to brown - like teak or oak colours without the red in it I think it would compliment nicely. I totally recommend Intergrain products (we got ours at Bunnings but that was quite a few years ago so not sure if they still stock that brand) after our experience in our last place, I would definitely use them again.
Edit to add:
Just had a look at the Intergrain website and I think the NaturalStain in either Bondi Sand or Driftwood on Merbau would work (link http://www.intergrain.com.au/product-selector/product-detail/intergrain-naturalstain). We used the NaturalStain in our last place on our front deck at our entry and our timber slat side fence which were treated pine. It lasted 4+ years without needing to be redone.
Second Time 'Round
Re: Deck staining colour advice - penetrating oils, painting4
May 15, 2017 2:00 pm
Floods brand is even better, feast Watson good also, then intergrain behind these two.
Sorry I can't help with advice but your post has made me realised we will have the exact same issue! Blackbutt floors opening into merbau deck! I'll keep the stain in mind got the deck. Good luck!
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