Wednesday, June 18, 2014

black deck...we're going for it


It's been over three weeks since I mentioned we were almost finished prepping our
deck and we'd decided on a new look, a solid stain.  Well, several rainy days delayed 
the start of our makeover and gave us a little more time to ponder our decision. You
 won't be surprised, we changed our mind and are going in a different direction and
 I'm so excited!!!!
We're going with black. And, yes we've considered: It may retain heat and be hot,
it will most likely fade with the intense Colorado sun, it will take extra care because it's
 going to show doggy footprints and debris and we're still going for it. First we tried a
 light gray sample and it didn't do it for us. I was drawn to black from day one and we
 painted a small sample and knew the second we saw it.  

Take a look at some of our inspiration... 

 houzz.com
 justagirlblog.com
 House & Home
 roomzaar.com
 juliawylie.com
 
 Jason Colon

We've decided on a semi transparent stain, here's a sample on our deck. We
were ready to start this afternoon as another rain shower put a damper on our project
 but the forecast is looking good for the next couple of days!



Black stain - would you, could you?
Or do you think we're crazy? :)


54 comments:

Thehouseofhampton said...

Yes I would! You're not crazy. It's those chances we take that make our homes sing. I can't wait to see it!
Sharon

Lee Caroline - A World of Inspiration said...

I simply had to leave a comment as we stained our deck black last summer, I was thrilled with the look until the wind blew and dust from the neigbours renovations landed on the deck, not to mention muddy paws from our dog after it rained.

When it is wet it looks fabulous but on a dry, sunny day it is covered with marks from the air, I guess just dust blown around. I have tried to wash it off and no success, it is a disaster for us and I wish we had not done it. If you have a few days of good sunshine and you can protect it while it is drying then maybe it would work. I went back to the paint company and they said that this would happen with a dark colour and although they have it as fence stain, it is rarely used on decks. Also we have noticed that because it gets so hot now in the summer it started to warp a little. So.....my advice would be don't do it,

I wish that we had white washed our deck, I can't do anything about it now as they said it would need to weather a couple of years before we can even paint over it because of the oil/tannins in the stain.

It will look great in photos but not in reality :(

Lee

Lee Caroline - A World of Inspiration said...

Addendum to my comment: We didn't use a semi transparent, so this may be different. We used an oil based stain and did three coats to make sure that the deck was completely black. Possibly a semi transparent stain without oils in would be fine. Let me known how it turns out I think it is the oils that take so long to dry that makes our deck such a pain.

Lee

Cassie Bustamante said...

oooh this will look so good! it will look gorgeous with your home!

Diana @ Your Day Simplified said...

Love this idea. It will look so great with your white house. Good Luck with the weather!

Scrappy Pink Corner said...

Love the black. I think it will look great.

My Little Bungalow said...

I love black so I think this will be great. A semi-transparent stain may give it more of a dark grey look, but that would be nice also.

gina said...

Wow, love it! We have a natural colored deck and it gets very hot. Don't think the black will be much different.

Shirley@Housepitality Designs said...

The black will look stunning with the style of your home!...Glad you are "going for it"...

Dana Frieling said...

We stained our previous fence a color about as dark and it was great. It certainly faded quicker than the alternative but I'd do it again. Good luck!

Julia@Cuckoo4Design said...

The black stain looks amazing!

Lisa @ Shine Your Light said...

It's going to look beautiful, especially with the white house, and your beautiful landscaping!!!

khaki salmon said...

This is a fabulous look!!! However.....and you're welcome to call me crazy.....but I think every speck of dust will show up.....just like it does on any black surface. Are you willing to hose it down on a regular basis to keep it looking great? That would be a major issue for me.....but not everybody is as OCD as I am! :)

Judy said...

oh yes! i could/would definately do a black deck...i love all of your inspiration pics. i hope to re-do our deck, either by rebuilding it or just staining (i'm leaning toward that idea but the husband wants to rebuild) and would love to do a dark stain like yours. i can't WAIT to see how it turns out!

Unknown said...

Love it - go for it!!

Unknown said...

Black decks look so sharp. I definitely want a follow up post about how you like living with it! Our deck is in need of some serious TLC and we are leaning towards a dark, purpley-brown stain but am a bit hesitant because of heat retention.
Can't wait to see it!

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Haley said...

I love it! I didn't know this was a thing, but I would totally do this. I can't wait to see what your deck looks like when it's finished

Scribbler said...

Hooray for you! This is a very snazzy look. I love the one with the red furniture -- I would be out there all the time.

Simply LKJ said...

My girlfriend here in Atlanta has black, and loves it!! And, it gets super hot here.

Kristin@bliss-athome.com said...

Yes! Totally love the black! I would go that route too ;)

reFresh reStyle said...

I would..It's going to look great!
Debbie

Jennifer @ Dimples and Tangles said...

Oh, I love the thought! I've never really noticed black decking before, but I love all of your samples! This will be perfect for your cute house!

Julie said...

I love it too!! We will all be interested in hearing your feedback on maintenance in the future, but the semi-transparent should help. It will be gorgeous...anything black is perfect in my book :)

Patty Day @Pattys Epiphanies said...

YES YES I would!

Rebecca said...

Go for it! I think it looks great. We have a dark stain on our deck, and I will say that it does get hot on the feet and shows every spec, but I like the color so I can deal with it!

Vel Criste said...

I think it will look great Pam, just be wary, you'll see everything on top of black! I know in a way since we have 2 black outdoor rugs. But I don't mind it, it makes me feel I am outdoors, We recently painted some trellis black for our pergola and I'll share it on the blog this Monday, and definitely, paint is darker. So I'm curious how the stain will look like on yours. Good luck!

Unknown said...

My deck is black and I have learned to love it. Gotta admit, though, it took time.

Calypso In The Country said...

I love the look! Our deck is a mess right now. It is cedar and gets full sun so the regular stain we use doesn't last long. My inlaws have a gray solid stain on their deck and it always looks good! Good luck with your project!
-Shelley

Unknown said...

I think it's a great choice! I don't even mind the way it looks when it's a little faded.

Sew a Fine Seam said...

No you're not crazy! It will be great and it looks just like you! I'm getting ready to paint my exterior doors black and I'm so excited and so glad I went with black instead of the grey I was first thinking!

Unknown said...

Not sure I could pull the trigger given our sweltering endless summers and current dog population. But I absolutely love the look and am excited to live vicariously through your awesome project! Excited!!

Unknown said...

I love the black, especially in the picture with the red chairs! So striking. Go for it!

Unknown said...

The black is going to be perfect! Love it!

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Linda {Calling it Home} said...

This will look amazing, Pam. Of course I am too chicken to try this. It's like red lipstick, it looks great on other people. Can't wait to see this baby decked out...pun intended.

Unknown said...

I love it! wonder if it will be too hot? Can't wait to see it. Your stuff will look great on it! and with your landscaping and black doors, etc....gorgeous!!! good luck! xo Nancy

Stacey {steward of design} said...

Yes, love it. I'm dying to paint our fence black.

Kathleen said...

Do it! It's going to look awesome. Just don't burn your feet :)

Unknown said...

We plan to stain our back deck soon - and my husband wants to stain ours a semi-transparent black too ...it took a while but I'm warming up to the idea. I can't wait to see how yours turns out!
Shelia
www.houseofhighlands.com

Becky {This Is Happiness} said...

It's going to look amazing! Love the black!!

SHERRY HART said...

Definitely not crazy my friend....love this choice!

ℳartina @ Northern Nesting said...

Oh YES I WOULD!! It's going to look FABULOUS!!

Unknown said...

It's enjoyable to learn more and more from your blog. Thanks for sharing.

Sienna
www.gofastek.com

Unknown said...

I know this blog is from 3 years ago but fingers crossed....Do you happen to remember exactly what stain you used? From your sample picture it looks really good. Most black stains I'm finding end up more like paint than a stain. Thanks!

Unknown said...

I stumbled across your blog as I was looking for a way to keep our deck "clean " looking. We had a complete remodel of our home and chose some darker colors to keep with our modern farmhouse look. In doing so, we did a dark deck ( Benjamin Moore Black Jack Deck stain. ) We wanted to make the deck POP. I love it and I hate it. Yes it does retain the heat ( hate to walk to pool barefoot and our dogs cannot walk on it during the day.) It does look "dirty " during the day because it does show everything. From paw prints from morning romps in the yard, foot prints, dust, moths that died at night and was stuck in the morning dew, anything and everything. I have started using the same thing I use on our interior floors to clean as they are a dark grayish brown. Bona hardwood floor cleaner. It does work but just pray that no b8gs pr debris lands on it as it is drying as it will show . With all that being said, I love our color, its modern, sleek, sophisticated and very unique as you don't see alot of dark colored decks. It makes the surrounding landscape pop as well as our decor on deck. But I caution you. It does need more mainatance than any other color stain as it does faded, chip scrape easier, and when it does, it appears more like a paint. So you will need to "touchup" more. Good luck. You can check out our home and stuff on Houzz.com Check out this project on Houzz - https://ml.houzz.com/1CPkYkqYGO

nicole said...

Such a great and informative post. This can be a big help for me with my future project

nicole said...

Such a great and informative post. This can be a big help for me with my future project

Unknown said...

Never will i ever paint my deck floor black. Its a pain to keep it clean and gets so hot on sunny days.

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Dougsnz said...

Is black decking in full sun too hot on feet?

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