Staining a pergola is important to protect the wood from the elements and help keep the wood looking fresh. Our pergola has roses growing on it, which makes staining tricky, so I’m sharing outdoor fall decorating and tips for staining a pergola with you.
When we built our pergola attached to our house the rain was so strong, torrential in fact.
We wrapped up the project, but delayed the staining until the rainy season subsided. In Seattle the rainy season is very long ha ha.
The goal for our pergola is to act as a trellis for the mature roses in our yard. Because of the roses growing on the posts, the staining is a bit tricky.
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In addition to the stain, sanding blocks, brush and staining pad, a ladder is necessary to get the high beams.
Pergola before staining.
We’ve had the pergola less than one year and the wood has already started to show some dark spots from weathering.
This was important since the wood had been exposed to the elements and got roughed up.
Stain saving tip.
My sister taught me a great tip for stain and paint cans- tap four holes into the can rim so that when you pour the paint you can turn the can and sort of guide the paint/stain into a hole. This saves the paint, which saves money!
Work around plants.
Use twine to corral plants out of the way.
Take the opportunity to prune plants back and make less foliage to fight with!
Change up tools.
Different types of wood will react differently to stain.
The cedar wood on the vertical posts required a brush to apply, while the horizontal beams did better with a staining pad.
Fall pergola decorating ideas.
You don’t need much to spruce up a pergola for fall.
Pumpkins, gourds, pots of chrysanthemums and maybe some lights.
This year I am focusing my decorating outdoors because our almost one year old is on the move and into everything!
Even our potting table is getting decorated.
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Some more fall decorating ideas:
A beautiful pumpkin makeover with paint.
A super cute pumpkin craft.
This is just a beautiful corner of your garden Marie. You’ve made it especially pretty and festive for Fall. – Maria
Thank you Maria! I’m having fun decorating our yard this year 🧡
Your yard is perfect for fall. Have a beautiful fall.
Thanks Kippi! It’s such a busy time of year for our family; taking a pause to decorate gives a moment to stop & enjoy the season 🧡
Maire, I love this area in your yard! The gorgeous stained pergola makes it like a secret garden!
Oh thanks Cindy! I’m definitely trying to add more Secret garden feels here 💚
Love how your pergola looks after you stained it! Also, I love your Autumn outdoor plants and accents. That twig pumpkin is to die for!
Thank you!! It really needed the stain!! I bought the twiggy pumpkin at a thrift store last year 🤗
I really like the stain color you chose! It looks amazing! The mums and pumpkins add a perfect touch to this sweet space! Blessings, Donna
Oh thank you! Glad you like the color 😊. Happy fall!🍂🧡
Your pergola looks amazing. I like the colour. I have to paint my fence this summer and wondering how I’m going to do that with the roses climbing all over it. Thanks for sharing this.
Thank you so much! Oh goodness a staining pad like we used might be helpful- and a bee keeper suit 😄
This is perfect and I adore the vine pumpkin! Pinned
Thanks so much Cindy! That vine pumpkin is getting so much love 🧡
I always assumed that you couldn’t paint or stain once the plants and flowers had taken over, now I know!
Thanks for reading Rachel! Have a great day 🙂
Marie this little corner of your yard is so cute! i love the color stain you chose for your pergola too! I would love it if you stopped by my weekly link party and linked up for a chance to be featured! https://www.ourtinynest.com/2022/10/12/wednesday-link-party317/
Thank you so much for the sweet comment! I hope I’m not too late to join! I’d love to link up. ❤
This pergola looks brand new! Wow, I had no idea it would change that much – the tranformation is amazing. Love all your roses and the pumpkins too. It all looks so warm and inviting. Hugs, CoCo PS: Tell your sister thanks for the paint tip. It is genius!
Thanks CoCo! I was surprised by the update too. Wish I could have gor to it sooner. I’ll tell her 😊❤
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