Note the knee pads! LOL. The rubber gloves were to protect the lovely manicure I had gotten with my girls.
I tried a couple of different brushes during this process but as always I came back to my favourite brush . . . the Wooster ShortCut!
I literally just got the stain on the brush and then swirled it into the rough surface of the patio blocks to get the stain into every crack and cranny. It really isn't hard at all. Just the awkward position is hard on an old body. LOL
I chose to stain them instead of paint them because stain penetrates and paint lays on top. Paint would chip off. With staining wood, you have to let weather dictate when, etc. With staining the concrete, as long as the stain dried before rain hit everything was fine. After the first couple dried a couple of hours, I went out and tried scuffing it with my footwear and absolutely nothing happened. Since everything has been completed, we have drug the picnic table around over the blocks and still no damage at all. I am thinking the durability may be coming from the urethane that is in this particular brand of solid wood stain??
To do 26 blocks, you will need to purchase a gallon if you are doing just one color. With doing the two colors, I needed the second quart of each color to finish up.
I added the welcome and star after I took the picture above.
We added the shutters to these windows even though its the back of the house and people don't normally do this. Our backyard is such a nice relaxing place that we find having the shutters adds another element of warmth and 'finished'. Thanks, Mom, for the suggestion! :)
We're loving our 'new' backyard! What do y'all think?