How to Stain Your Deck + Host a Taco Party in One Day

How to Stain Your Deck + Host a Casual Taco Night in One DayThis post has been sponsored by Behr. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

One of my very favorite ways to spend summer evenings is to call up a few friends, make some tasty food, and enjoy time together outside.

I’ve always loved spending time on my deck, but I’ve never wanted to entertain guests as it was not party-ready. The wood was unfinished, dull, and lacking life.

Staining the deck was a project that has been on my wish list since moving in a few years ago. However, like most of us, there’s rarely time when I’m not on the go. My schedule is filled with meeting with clients, working to meet deadlines, designing new paper goods, and setting up for events. Finding time to stain the deck was seemingly impossible, or so I thought.

When Behr reached out to collaborate on a deck makeover featuring their BEHR PREMIUM® QUICK DRY Oil Base Wood Finish, I was sold on two words: quick dry.

This stain made the project a breeze! With just one coat, it’s ready to use within 60 minutes, making it ideal for homeowners with hectic schedules. Plus, (after those quick 60 minutes) it’s water-resistant and offers mold, mildew, and UV protection, so you don’t need to worry about the weather ruining any of your deck-staining plans.

Since it dries so quickly, you (and a helper or two!) can easily Prep, Stain, and Entertain ™ All In the Same Day.

For all of the preparation and application details, you can learn more here.

Here are a few tips I learned along the way!

Deck Makeover - BeforeBefore

  • Properly prepping the space is crucial to setting yourself up for staining success.
  • To remove existing coatings, you’ll want to make sure to use a stain and finish stripper and wood cleaner to clean and neutralize new or stripped wood.
  • If you have new wood, you still need to use a wood cleaner product such as BEHR PREMIUM® No. 63 All-In-One Wood Cleaner to remove any mill glaze and clean the surface.
  • Next, rinse off the wood with a pressure washer or garden hose, make sure to remove any standing water and let dry for about an hour.

Behr Quick Dry in Transparent Cedar Naturaltone

  • I chose Behr Quick Dry in Transparent Cedar Naturaltone as the finish to complement my wood floors in the attached dining room. I absolutely love how the transparency lets the wood’s natural grain shine through. 
  • To cover the large boards, a flat lambskin pad applicator is recommended. You’ll want to avoid styrofoam pads for an exterior deck application as they will disintegrate during use. Shy away from using rollers for application – you’ll end up in splash city!
  • A paint mitt and natural bristle brush worked perfectly for the spindles, and a toothbrush was my best friend for those hard-to-reach corners.
  • The formula is very forgiving, so no need to worry about streaks and drips.
  • It also provides mold, mildew, and UV protection!

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  • A fresh new deck sets the perfect backdrop for entertaining guests!
  • In the spirit of keeping things easy, tacos are the perfect way to finish off the night.
  • Simply pick up some shredded lettuce, cheese, taco shells, beef, chips, guacamole, a side or two of fruit, and you’re all set for a casual taco night!

Prep, Stain, and Entertain™ – All In the Same Day (literally) for this busy family! You can find Behr Quick Dry at your local Home Depot.

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  1. Heather says:

    Wow, you did that in one day!? You’ve got a wonderful deck and beautiful backyard space! We need to do something about our backyard space. It’s a little bland.

  2. Rose Ann Sales says:

    Wow, that deck turns really beautiful and taco party looks like a great idea to do in that place.

  3. A re-stained deck is the perfect excuse for hosting a party. I love how clean and new wood looks when it has been cleaned and stained.

  4. Lisa Rios says:

    Wow! Your wood deck is so beautiful!!! I’ve heard of staining before, but never done because it’s so messy, you have to be so careful, and it takes a loooong time. This gives me reason for hope! Thank you for sharing this brand.

  5. Sandra B. says:

    I used to work as a receptionist for a deck company, DeckMaster, and Behr is a brand we constantly referred people to. This stain here is awesome! And your deck is looking great!

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