After Meat Fest Patrick had a couple days off so his plan was to take one of those days to stain the deck. Well, the project turned into an all week project and with my help we were able to get it all stained by Friday night.
Here are the before and after pictures. As you can see the water no longer soaks into the deck, which probably means we should have gotten to this project a little earlier than we did.
After it took all week to finish the deck, we really weren't looking forward to spending more time staining the front porch. Last Saturday we realized it just needed to get done before winter came. The weather was supposed to be goregous for a November day, so we took advantage and got up early and actually finished the project around 1pm. The actual staining only took two and a half hours, so not bad compared to the deck. It helps that this wood was a lot less dry and the bars are metal and don't need to be stained.