Tuesday, May 27, 2014

Memorial Day Weekend 2014

Our Memorial Day this year was filled with a big house project. And while it's not super high-impact, it is an important part of owning a house. This weekend we stain/sealed the fence.

Yeah, not very sexy, but we needed to get it done. It went really well too. I don't know if we're the only ones out there that feel this way, but sometimes it seems like every little thing we DIY goes wrong. This went perfectly though. It was definitely hard work (esp the power washing) but it looks fabulous now!



I did most of the power washing on Saturday morning and hubby did the heavy lifting with the staining on Monday morning. We also had Jake out of the house at my parents', which allowed both of us to concentrate on the staining while the twins were napping in the morning. 

I cannot even begin to explain how freaking necessary a sprayer is. Do yourself a favor and get one. Worth every penny that we spent on it, which really wasn't that much. This is the one that we bought, and it was great. Hubby did a lot of research and was pleased with his purchase. 

The key to using the sprayer is to coat evenly and keep it moving. I'm pretty sure if we hadn't had a sprayer and just rolled it with a traditional method it would have taken us 7+ hours. This only took us 1.5 hours. So worth it! 

My parents came for dinner when they dropped Jake off on Monday evening. I made this Martha Stewart recipe for chicken and spinach casserole, and it was delicious. This is an easy one to make ahead and just pop in the oven about ten minutes before you'd like to eat. 

And then Henry freaked out because he got his legs "stuck" in the railings. I can't make this stuff up. 

Onward to another week!

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  1. What a feat! We probably should do that to our fence sometime! Sounds like a great weekend!

  2. I was dreading it much more than I should have been. The power washing was tough, but the staining itself was quick!