A pergola is an open-air covering for a patio or other outdoor area, with four support columns and a series of beams across the top on which plants can be trained to grow. Having a pergola in your yard adds a very Tuscan feel to the outdoors. You can train jasmine, honeysuckle or other fragrant vines to cover the pergola, so you can add a pleasant scent to your outdoor living space. Add a stain to the wood before the plants get established to assure years of care-free enjoyment.
Things You'll Need
- 80-grit sandpaper
- Wood putty
- Putty knife
- Paintbrush or sponge
- Clean cloths
- Bucket of water
Fill in any holes or cracks with wood putty. If the pergola has been previously painted, remove all old paint with a putty knife.
Sand each surface of the pergola with 80-grit sandpaper. This will open up the cells of the wood to accept the stain.
Apply a high-quality oil-based solid or semi-solid stain with a brush or sponge. Follow manufacturer's directions for the best application.
Wipe off any excess stain with a dry cloth, after allowing the stain to soak into the wood for several minutes.
Soak all used cloths and brushes or sponges in water before you store them away or throw them out. Oil-based stains and finishes can spontaneously combust if not diffused with water.
Tips & Warnings
- Work on well-dried wood only. Don't apply the stain if there is dew on the ground, or if it's recently rained.
- Don't apply the stain in direct sunlight. The best weather for staining is a dry, warm, overcast day.
- Photo Credit pergola image by titi78430 from Fotolia.com
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