DIY Outdoor Table: Redwood Stain

Thanks to Thompson’s® WaterSeal® for sponsoring today’s post. All opinions, as always, are honestly my own.

DIY Stained Outdoor Crate Table

If you’ve been following along this summer, you know we’ve been making lots of improvements to the Artsy House both indoors and out! Yesterday, I shared with you about the Outdoor Table I created using two crates and some plywood that can be used for entertaining, grilling, and more. Once it was built, the project was only half finished. It was made of unfinished wood, so I needed to do something to add color. Plus, since it’s intended for outdoor use, I had to make sure my table was sealed and ready to withstand the elements.


Choosing a Stain

I chose to finish my table with Thompson’s® WaterSeal® Penetrating Timber Oil, because instead of having to stain and waterproof my table in two separate steps, Timber Oil provides both beauty and protection all in one coat. It’s designed with a triple blend of deep penetrating premium oils that protect the wood from water damage, while the coating resists mildew and UV damage. It also contains premium iron oxide pigments to provide long-lasting beautiful colors that hold up to wear and tear, and minimizes lap marks and color streaking.


Thompson’s® WaterSeal® Penetrating Timber Oil exceeds the industry standard for waterproofing wood, provides year-round protection, and reduces marring and visible scratches. You can apply this oil stain with a paint pad, a brush, a compression driven sprayer, or a roller, depending on what works best for your project. For mine, the 3″ Purdy White Bristle Sprig brush was just the right size for applying the stain smoothly and easily.


Applying Your Stain

Staining is a very simple process, even if you’re new to DIY projects. First, put down a drop cloth underneath your project. Make sure you thoroughly sand it to get rid of any splinters or rough edges. Then, all you need is your choice of natural timber oil, a brush, a disposable paint pan and liner, and gloves. Shake the can well, pour a small amount of Timber Oil into the paint pan, then apply it to the wood with your brush. Gloves are optional, but I like wearing them when I stain wood to protect my hands {and my manicure}.


As you stain your project, apply your Timber Oil sparingly. You’ll be surprised by how far one brush full can go. Apply a thin coat at the rate the wood can absorb it, which is pretty quickly! Try to avoid drips and keep your coverage even. Any spots that have excess product or look especially wet may end up tacky. Once you’ve covered the surface of your project, let it dry completely and it’s ready to use! Last year, I used Timber Oil for both my Pallet Bench and my Rustic Fall Crate, and this year I applied it to my Wooden Planter Stand, so I knew how easy it is to work with and how beautifully it holds up in all kinds of weather. There are several beautiful colors to choose from; my personal favorites are Redwood {which I used on this project} and Walnut.

Outdoor Table with Crates

I love how my table turned out, and we have definitely been putting it to good use already! Hubby loves to use it as a staging area for when he’s grilling dinner, and I like to use it for entertaining. My neighbor and I enjoy getting together to chat in the evenings while our kids play outside, so it’s perfect for a little girl-time on the porch.

DIY Outdoor Table with Crates

What about you? What types of outdoor projects have you been working on this summer?

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