Stenciling a Wood Deck in a Diamond Pattern

3 Materials
20 Hours

I decided I wanted to give my outdoor deck an extra pop! and a great way to do that was in painting and then stenciling the wood deck.

15 X 18 feet. Perfect size for an outdoor entertainment area. The shrubbary on the far side of the deck was overgrown and would have taken years to grow back had I cut it way back. So I completely cut it out. I replaced it with a trellis running the full length of the deck, 18ft. That provided me with privacy from the neighbor to the east. The trellis also gave me the ability to grow flowering vines on it. An extra plus.

I stained everything white. Keeping up with the white was something that would be dealt with as the need arose. This was no time to be practical. I was going for a WOW factor! White in this situation gives you the Wow factor. 4 X 8ft. panels of trellis were groved into 2 X 6 boards, secured on the top and against the railing. Then I proceeded with taping the deck off. I measured the deck off in 18 inch squares, appropriate for the size of deck we were dealing with.

I found a blue/gray stain that was a perfect color for my taste. After finishing the deck and thinking I was finished, I removed all the tape only to discover

there was a one inch gap between all of the corners. I had to retape to incorporate all of the corners. It wasn't as hard as the first time cause I was able to cheat here and there.

Almost finished and looking beautiful! Took me 20 hours and 270 yards of tape.

Finished! Heaven on earth
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  • GrandmaHoney
    on Mar 27, 2019

    Can you paint a composite deck. My deck is a dark merlot color that gets so hot that you can not walk on it barefoot, and the dog can’t even lay on it. I am wondering if doing it white might solve this problem. Not to mention that I love what you did with yours!

    • Ellis
      on May 7, 2020

      Another option would be an indoor-outdoor rug, in a lighter color, but I'd check with the composite manufacturer to make sure it wouldn't damage your decking.

  • Grandma Pat
    on Mar 27, 2019

    What did you clean it with before you stained it?

  • Debra Shumway Stark
    on Apr 5, 2019

    Where did you find the white stain? Did it take more than one coat? All I’m finding is white wash stain. Thank you!!

    • Neva Dew
      on Apr 22, 2019

      Maybe the white is the tint base with no color added? I clicked on the Sherwin Williams pic and the can is a tint base which I assume to be white.

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  • Rae
    on May 7, 2020

    It is gorgeous! As a deck owner hope it holds up well for you and doesn't have to be redone very often. You have put a lot of work into this!

  • Ginger Shives
    on May 7, 2020

    I love the painted portion and would not want to cover it with the rug.

    • Sharon Kerechanin
      on May 10, 2020

      Agree, the deck is so gorgeous but my eyes went right to the rug, maybe a small off-color (yellow with a little blue) would even intensify the wonderful checkerboard..

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