Planking, Staining, and Progress! {GIVEAWAY!}



Kimberly Kirkland Absher,  Elizabeth Gonzalez, Sandi Allen, Jeannie Garcia-Buechele

I jump from project to project….. mid project. I confess, I have DIY ADD. I can’t remember why I moved on from the laundry room before it was actually done. But it probably had something to do with the fact that it was to the point of being functional and I was bored with it. But it is time to go back and address at least finishing the planked walls. I got a new toy from HomeRight that made it so much faster (because being a brand ambassador has its perks)!

how to stain

Here is the one wall that I planked and stained awhile ago. All that work and only a little of the wall shows. But don’t worry, I had a 14 foot wall next to it that was crying out to be covered in gorgeous gray stained wood.


Here is the naked wall.

laundry room wall before

Whether it is a planked wall, a deck, or a fence, here are the things you will need to stain a large area.

One freakin’ awesome StainStick, gloves, paper towels to remove excess stain, and the stain of your choice. I chose Classic Gray by Minwax. It is one of my “go to” colors.


Just like the PaintStick that I have blogged about (and professed my undying love for), you suck up the stain into the handle. By gently pushing on the handle, stain comes out the end of the applicator which has a soft, brush like pad. If you have a hard time getting the fill tube into the StainStick use petroleum jelly. If it is leaking stain out of the area you filled it with stain, use petroleum jelly. I would recommend, for your first time especially, to use jelly on those parts before even starting.

staining wood walls

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I first started to apply it horizontally to go with the grain of the wood. But the stain wasn’t getting in all the lines in between boards. So I started applying it vertically and it worked SO much better! I did go back and do it horizontal just to smooth it out a bit. And yes, I am gloveless in the pic. My box of gloves was empty….again. My kids think they are balloons or something :)

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One coat of stain looked good but since I did two coats on the other wall, I went ahead and did a second layer of stain after the first one had dried.

I know this is not super exciting to look at now. It is just a gray wall. But my industrial glam laundry room is about to get kicked up a notch. Reveal to come later!

classic gray minwax

So do you want to try one out for yourself? FOUR of you will win a StainStick of your own :)

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*Giveaway ends June 27th. The winner will be chosen by and will be announced at the top of this post on June 29th. You must be a US resident and 18 years or older to enter. 


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  1. Polly D says

    Wow! What a difference the wood looks on that wall! I gonna have to find a wall for me to do that to! Polly

  2. Windy Phillips says

    Hm…we’ve been thinking about redo on our deck. I also love the wall in the laundry room idea for a similar look to yours.

  3. Tricia says

    This is right on time. We will be staining stair treads & other wooden areas in our & this would be perfect.

  4. Cath T says

    I have a small deck (that I built!) that needs staining. Would this ever be handy. I like getting stuff done in a hurry before I, like you, jump to another project. This look great.

  5. Lisa Cox says

    I have a front and back porch and stairs leading to both that need stained badly!
    Plus I imagine I could use it on all kinds of projects

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  7. Renee Richardson says

    I would love to stain the floor in my master bedroom. Thanks for the wonderful giveaway :)

    fattybumpkins at yahoo dot com

  8. beverly e says

    I would love to stain my pic-nic table and benches… this Paint Stic would cut the job time in half! Thanks for the chance to win!

  9. Lisa says

    Great project. I can’t wait to see how you decorate the wall.
    I’ve always been intimidated by staining, but this makes it look simple.

  10. Stephanie Pappas says

    What a great product! Thank you for the opportunity to enter. I’m new to your blog and am really enjoying it!
    Thank you!

  11. Jeannie Garcia-Buechele says

    I love the what you did with the wood wall and now I want to do that to my family room wall so I would need the Home Right Stain Stick to stain my new wood wall :)

  12. Susan M. says

    On the to-do list is a wood plank feature wall for my new grandson — this sure would come in handy to be able to use! Thanks so much for the opportunity — my fingers are crossed!

  13. says

    Oh my! I have an entire set of dining room furniture that needs to be stained, as well as other furniture I’d love to strip and re-stain. I wouldn’t even know where to begin — probably with the dining room furniture.

  14. Kim says

    Ai-yi-yi…..our back deck is in desperate need of being re-stained this summer. Would love to give this a try!

  15. says

    I am working on a brand new studio in the garage, so so excited! I’ve already built the barn door and will add horizontal planks on one wall. Totally need this tool!

  16. Sara Getz says

    This would be wonderful to use on a cabin we are planning to build and share with family and friends!

  17. melissa says

    Hi! love your wall and I will soon be doing a large wall in my basement. Would you please be able to tell me what kind of wood you used for your project? and did you use any sealer or varnish after the stain??
    Thank you!