A lot of people like the patina of aging cedar and I do as well but with the Calgary climate it was really beginning to dry out (and the home inspector had noted in his report that it needed to be oiled/stained). My Mom and I decided to use Behr's Solid Color Weatherproofing Wood Stain in Stonehedge - SC-125 on the porch and fence.
After seeing the stain on the front porch, we then decided that it would be nice to stain the deck as well. We went with Behr's Semi-Transparent Weatherproofing Wood Stain in Slate - ST-102.
Here are the before shots:
|You can see that the railings, etc. hadn't faded evenly|
|The darken tones have definitely added a more modern feel to the porch|
|The grey works really well with the colour of the existing siding|
|The semi-transparent stain is much lighter than the images from Behr|
|New Muskoka chairs were also added with outdoor fabric cushions made by my Mom|
|Lovely little flea market stool/table crafted by my Mom|