We’ve lived here for over a year, and finally, after several false starts, surprise rainstorms, and moderate procrastination the deck is being stained. It’s been a three week process. Egor has done all the sanding, cleaning, bleaching and prepping, which was not quite the ordeal as our swimming pool in ‘Cruces, but plenty of work nonetheless. Last year, we bought some “redwood” stain since it was close to the previous color. We changed our minds after painting the kitchen. Did we want to look out the back door and see ORANGE? Naw. Muted grey. I wonder if the color is too light. E says it’s fine and that I’ll get used to it.