Beautiful Brown and White DIY Pine Stairway in Lexington, VA
Impressive! The rustic brown of this stain looks gorgeous next to the property’s white railing. A fantastic result on a DIY pine stairway.
This tall outdoor staircase leads down the hill to a back patio area. It’s located at a manor in historic Lexington, Virginia, right in the heart of the Shenandoah Valley.
Before: DIY Pine Stairway
This Woodrich customer told us they rebuilt the outer steps with new, pressure-treated pine deck boards. Building or replacing stairs can be tricky, and it involves enough math to turn some people away. But it looks like Johannes checked his calculations more than once, because these steps turned out great.
Any new outdoor construction with wood should be treated with some form of moisture protection. Johannes wanted a nice and easy DIY solution to make sure his hard work resisted the elements for years to come. After looking into whether it is better to stain or paint pressure treated wood, he found staining it is usually better.
Because exterior paints can have a hard time sticking to treated wood, we recommend using an oil-based stain instead. Johannes chose the Woodrich Brand Timber Oil in our Signature Brown color for his new pine. The brown looks incredible alongside the white, painted railings.
After: DIY Pine Stairway
The rich color of the Woodrich Signature Brown stain smolders alongside bright, white railings. And the Timber Oil itself will protect the pine steps from moisture damage and UV rays from the sun, so Johannes won’t have to rebuild again, anytime soon.
It takes a delicate approach to not get any stain on other surfaces in a project like this. But, these steps turned out great! The customer did not specify how he applied the stain, but it was likely a careful brush or rag application. Timber Oil penetrates deep into the wood, so there will not be any lines, drips, or overlapping areas visible in any final result.
After one coat of Timber Oil and a sunny day to dry it into place, these steps were ready to be used.
How They Achieved This Look
Pressure treated pine is one of the most common wood choices for additions like decks and stairways. It requires a little more maintenance than cedar or redwood with their natural resistance, but the cost in savings upfront can be massive.
Many people assume that because it is “treated,” the wood can resist moisture and exposure to the sun, but this is not true. While some pressure treated wood has additional moisture protection, the vast majority of it does not. The pressure treatment is a chemical process that fills the wood with compounds to resist rot and insect damage. To protect your new pine addition, you should always use a stain or sealant that keeps it safe from the elements.
Whether you are restoring some life into old, weathered wood or shielding a new structure from sun and rain damage, you need to condition it first. It is best to use a wood cleaner and stripper, and then a wood brightener and neutralizer. Woodrich offers both a mild stripper and a heavy-duty version, to clean the surface. The ever-popular Citralic Wood Brightener & Neutralizer will ensure your wood looks brand new before you preserve it with the stain.
The Timber Oil goes on in one easy coat any way you apply it. No matter if you spray, brush, rag, pad, or dip, just let the wood soak up as much as it can, and then wipe away any extra.
If you aren’t sure the Signature Brown fits your home’s aesthetic as well as Johannes’, that’s understandable. His manor really pulls it off. The Timber Oil is available in five different colors, and you can see examples of real uses by our customers, such as the Western Cedar on a pine deck. If you want to test out the colors or just want to see how easy the process is, starting with the Sample Kit can help you make an informed decision.
Dipping Technique for Short Boards
Penetrating oil-based stains can be applied in many different ways, depending on your project. While we at Woodrich are big fans of a sprayer and rag combo, for new construction with short boards like this staircase there is an even easier option.
Dipping wood into a trough of stain is a great way to quickly stain a lot of pieces in a uniform manner. For a deck, this might be hard since you have to make a trough that will fit the long decking boards. But for small pieces like steps, shingles, or spindles, dipping can work exceptionally well.
Another benefit of dipping is that all six sides of the board become stained. In many stairways, the underside can be visible, so dipping gives all surfaces the same appearance.
To dip your wood in stain, you need a trough or container that will fit the pieces, preferably something nonporous or disposable. Prepare the wood the same way you would for any stain application. Once you dip each board, let it dry or wipe excess stain off with a rag and install it straight away.
The Perfect Finishing Touch for a Long Project
At the end of a long DIY project, the last thing you want is for nature to undo your hard work. All outdoor wood needs protection from the elements, but it is easy to finish strong. It only takes one coat to stain your creation with Woodrich Brand Timber Oil, making sure your addition or upgrade lasts for the years to come.
Johannes was wise to protect his investment; he chose the right tools for the job and a fantastic color for his rebuilt stairs. Hopefully he is able to find another fun DIY project for next spring, because he won’t have to worry about these steps for quite some time.