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The weather is getting more beautiful every day and the days are getting longer – That sounds like summer! To enjoy your deck all season long, you’ll want to be sure to properly clean and stain it! Check out this awesome staining how-to from our friends at Storm:

Wait! – When was your deck built? If the answer is very recently, you may need to wait a few months for the wood to dry out before staining it. If you applied a stain stripper, you must wait for the product to break down the previous stain before you wash the deck down. Patience is a virtue during this process. (Do the water absorption test…Pour a little water on the deck and if it absorbs it can accept a coating…if it beads up or does not absorb the deck will wood will need to be properly prepared.)

Rain, Rain, Go away – It is essential that you check the forecasts before you begin and ensure that it will be a week with good weather. Stain requires multiple days to fully absorb into the wood and dry. A downpour or a layer of snow can ruin all of your hard work. Choose your week carefully!

Power Wash – The first step in your deck staining process should be to power wash. A pressure washer will remove leftover paint, mold, dirt, and other grime from the surface of your deck. The better you strip your deck of these materials, the longer your stain will last and the more beautiful it will remain.

Eenie, meenie, minie, mo! – When picking a stain, one must consider the type of wood, the desired color, and the geographic location of the deck. Someone living in Boston during the winter needs a different stain than someone living in Arizona in the summer. Make sure that you are choosing your stain based on the level of opacity, the degree of UV protection, and the typical longevity of the finish.

Testing 1, 2, 3 – Test your stain in a small area and allow it to dry before applying it to the rest of the deck in order to ensure that you have picked a color that you like.

Brush strokes – While there are many ways to apply deck stain, you always want to have a paintbrush handy. This brush will allow you to work the stain deep into the porous wood and reach holes that your stain pad, garden sprayer or other staining applicators may not reach.

Less is more – When staining, over-application can slow the drying process and cause the stain to crack or peel when exposed to inclement weather conditions. You do not want to under-apply, as this will not protect the wood, but over-application can be just as dangerous!

Nobody puts baby in a corner – Apply stain from the back of your deck to the front and do not change directions in order to avoid painting yourself into a corner!

Upkeep – After you are done staining, consider what your particular deck will require to maintain its current look. Washing the deck down every few months, removing debris, and applying a wood brightener will keep your deck looking immaculate all year long.

Enjoy! – Having a deck is a wonderful thing. All of this work will pay off when you and your loved ones are able to congregate on your masterpiece and enjoy a meal or bask in the sunshine together. Make sure to appreciate your deck by using it as often as possible!

Source: Storm 

The 127-year-old company will be the exclusive independent paint store retailer in OR/WA/ID to carry Joanna Gaines’ new interior paint line

PORTLAND, OR and WACO, TX (May 15, 2017) – Next week is a big week at Miller Paint Co., Inc. with its launch of Magnolia Home by Joanna GainesTM Paint in its Pacific Northwest retail paint stores.

Now, DIY’ers are one step closer to making their dream home a reality.  The new interior paint and color collection will be sold starting May 22 at all 55 Miller Paint stores in Oregon, Washington and Idaho.  The color collection comes in 150 timeless colors in total, including the 25 Market Collection colors – all personally crafted by Gaines.  The retail prices for the line range between $42 and $52 per gallon.

Working with the KILZ® Brand to launch the new line, Miller Paint will be the first Pacific Northwest paint store retailer to offer the Magnolia Home by Joanna Gaines Paint.

Additionally, Steve Dearborn, CEO and President of Miller Paint, said “we are excited and honored for Miller to be the exclusive paint store retailer in our three-state region of Oregon, Washington and Idaho.

“This is a very big deal for us to offer a color collection created by someone as talented and as respected nationally as Joanna Gaines,” Dearborn said.  “We’re confident that the collection will inspire Northwest homeowners to bring her authentic, effortless style into their own homes.”

Gaines has noted that her inspiration for the Magnolia Home by Joanna Gaines Paint came from people seeking advice on paint selection.  With highly personalized color names like “Wedding Band,” “Ella Rose” and “Shiplap,” the collection captures Gaines’ signature style, with the colors that inspire her most.

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“Developing my own paint collection with the KILZ Brand was an amazing opportunity because paint is the easiest and most dramatic way to transform a space,” Gaines said.  “I’m often asked for advice on selecting paint colors, and I want to make that process simpler. I hope these colors come to mean as much to others in their own homes as they do to me.  For me, the perfect paint is personal.”

Gaines began her career in design in 2003, when she opened Magnolia Market in her hometown of Waco, Texas.  Her eye for classic, yet unexpected, farmhouse-style design complemented her husband Chip’s career in construction and soon they began remodeling and selling homes throughout the city.  It didn’t take long for their distinct style to catch on.

Miller Paint is an employee-owned company, with a total of 380 employees that has been manufacturing and selling the highest quality paint and coatings products in the Northwest for 127 years. Its corporate headquarters and manufacturing facility is located at 12812 NE Whitaker Way, in Portland, OR, and it operates 55 paint stores throughout the Pacific Northwest.

KILZ® Brand is a quality coatings paint manufactured by Masco Coatings, Inc. and it’s distributed nationally.  It is the exclusive manufacturer and licensor of the Magnolia Home by Joanna Gaines™ Paint.  Its corporate headquarters is located at 3400 W. Segerstrom Ave. in Santa Ana, CA.

Magnolia Home by Joanna Gaines™ Paint is a registered trademark of Magnolia Homes.  For more information, please visit

Miller® and Miller Paints® are registered trademarks of Miller Paint Co., Inc.  For more information, please visit

KILZ® is a registered trademark of Masco Coatings, Inc.  For more information, please visit

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