Top 5 Home Depot Products I Wish I Had Used On My Vintage Paneling Makeover

I became a Home Depot affiliate a few days ago. Since this whole affiliate thing is new to me, I thought I would take a gander at some of the new products on the Home Depot site that would have been helpful to me while I was doing the deed (Vintage Paneling Refurb). Yeah, hindsight is ALWAYS 20/20, but I thought I would pass along some stuff that may very well help you. Hell, these products very well may have helped me too! If you decide to refurbish your vintage pine paneling, please feel free to try these products.

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ONE - HomeRight StainStick 7 in. Stain Applicator

Seriously, why didn't I think of using a stain stick applicator? Being an old broad, and I did this #vintagepaneling make-over in 2015, I may not remember today if I truly tried one. No, I think I would have remembered that....I think. Anyway, I'll be honest, since I haven't actually used a stain applicator, I don't know how thick I could have applied my "staint" (if you don't know what my made-up term means, read my previous blog post about the vintage paneling refurb). I was after very VIBRANT color, so I chose to brush it thickly and wipe it lightly. But the most attractive thing I see is you can load this puppy up with your stain (or "Staint") and let 'er rip! That would have saved me some bending over and grunting. I think it would have also helped my poor tired wrist.

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Description of the product:

Eliminate hours of brushing stain by hand using the HomeRight stain stick. It is the fastest easiest way to stain. Draw stain directly from the can with no back and forth to the can or tray. Durable pad provides brush like results without all the back bending work, ideal for decks and patios


Professional painters and woodworkers will tell you, the quality of your brush DOES matter. How many times have you painted something only to see paint grooves from your cheap-ass brush? Well, when you stain, a good brush is A MUST! Staining creates streaks pretty easily by nature. Unless you are going for the "Hey look, Ma! I am finger painting with expensive stain!" look on your project, take the time and money and get a good brush. A BRUSH MADE FOR THE PRODUCT YOU ARE USING. It has been written that the best results come from a natural bristle brush for OIL BASED products and a polyester bristle brush (or blend) for WATER BASED products. So, I was using a water-based stain (staint), and although my brush was old and made for paint, it worked ok because I applied the stain thickly like paint (hence, "staint"). But I think if I had taken the time and money and applied it to a better brush, it would have helped.

Here are two good wide brushes for the bigger projects.




First, a #woodstain brush for OIL STAIN:

The Wooster 4 inch Oil Stain Bristle Brush

This Oil stain brush is for oil-based stains or sealers. White bristle offers high capacity for fast coverage. Soft tips reduce brush marks. Larger size brush is great for painting decks, siding, fences and masonry.

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And the brush I really should have been using for WATER BASED stain:


Polyester and bristle blend paintbrush. Natural bristle increases capacity and delivers a smooth finish. Polyester holds stiffness to maintain production when used with water-based coatings. Great for staining decks, siding, fences, masonry and more.

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Like I said, the brush(es) I used for the project were Purdy, and they worked fine. They were good quality. Home Depot doesn't sell the Purdy brand, but Wooster is a good brush.

THREE - Bosch 3.4 Amp 1/2 in. Corded Electric Finishing Orbital Sander Kit with Vibration Control for 4.5 in. x 9 in. Sheets

I used a Makita Palm Sander like this one on this project. Let me tell you, it worked well, but the project probably would have gone quicker and with less stress on my arm by using the Bosch 3.4 Amp 1/2 inch Corded Electric Finishing Orbital Sander Kit with Vibration Control for 4.5 inch x 9 inch sheets.

Here's my reasoning with that statement: The Makita Palm Sander is just that....a PALM sander. It fits in the palm of your hand. That means that it is small. When you are looking at a room full of 8 ft high paneling, and you are using a tiny palm sander, well, you get a bit overwhelmed. Match that with the fatigue of holding this palm sized joint and muscle vibrator (get your mind out of the gutter!), and you have one tired-ass old arms. I remember I would feel the vibration of the sander LONG after I turned it off. It was like my muscles recorded the vibrations and would not let it stop until well after bed-time. I know this may sound fun, but it isn't nearly as amazingly entertaining as it sounds. Don't get me wrong, the Makita did the job well. It wasn't heavy and I could manage it fine. But this Bosch bad boy may have made my life MUCH easier!

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Home Depot's descriptive description:

The Bosch OS50VC features a Powerful 3.4 Amp motor and Variable-Speed Dial to match speed to task (8,000-11,000 OPMs). Vibration Control Bosch-exclusive suspension system minimizes vibration for superior handling and maximum comfort. Sheet Loc Supreme Sandpaper Attachment System - Pulls regular sandpaper flat and tight. Also accepts stick-on paper. Multiple ergonomic soft-grip locations help prevent hand fatigue. Rugged die-cast aluminum gear housing Long-life design eliminates wobble and vibration. High-performance Soft Microcellular Backing Pad conforms too many contours. Size: 8.9 In.

FOUR - 3M Medium Professional Multi-Purpose Respirator

If you read the fist blog post on the Vintage Paneling Makeover

You may remember that I was wearing a dust mask. I couldn't have made it through without one. However, I was using just a step up from the cheapest dust mask you can buy (the kind that comes in a multiples pack and is barely better than relying on your very own nose hairs). I should have UPGRADED to something like this 3M Medium Professional Multi-Purpose Respirator.

I am still standing and breathing after the project, but I will say, that being a glasses wearer, the cheap face masks would fog up my glasses. If there is a fog on your glasses, it isn't a good face mask. This 3M true respirator would have been safer for me to use and probably been much more efficient.

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Home Depot's Description:

3M Professional Multi-purpose Respirator is used for the removal of certain mold, lead and sprays from coatings and sealants. Featuring a balanced design for more comfort and sweptback cartridges for improved visibility, the 3M Professional Multi-purpose Respirator is designed and constructed for performance and comfort. Easy to use, comfortable and lightweight, the 3M Professional Multi-purpose Respirator is a great choice in respiratory protection for the professional.

FIVE - Aurelia Robust Small 4.5 Mil Blue Fully Textured Nitrile Powder-Free Gloves (100-Count, Case of 10), Adult Unisex

I'll be honest, back in the day I never gave much thought to disposable gloves. I bought the cheapest things I could find in the painting aisle at Home Depot. But let me tell you something about those cheap gloves....they fall off your hands, make it impossible to grip anything, and make your hands smell awful! Nitrile gloves are the way to go. They are used in hospitals and doctor's offices for a reason. They are tough enough to withstand the messiest things you need to put your hands through, and fit your hands well while allowing you to have some dexterity. I keep boxes of them all over my house now because they are HANDY (pun intended). Aurelia is a good brand. If you don't buy them from my link, I'll forgive you. Get them online anywhere. Here is an Amazon link for the brand I buy now:

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And there you have it! 5 things that I wish I had for this particular big project.

That is all.

Carry on.

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