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Get ready to reinvigorate your space -- you’ve come to the right place for home decorating ideas and style solutions for every room! We’ve got decor tips and top trends for decorating homes whether your home-sweet-home is a house, condo, or apartment. Looking for an easy home decorating idea to spruce up your space? We post our favorite new finds every day (including plenty of bargain picks!). Or browse our photo galleries -- you’ll find home decoration ideas for every room and every style. Thinking of painting your walls, buying furniture, or even just getting organized? All the info you need is right here. For even more home decorating ideas and inspiration, be sure to check out our Nestie house tours. Peek inside real Nesties’ homes, and see some of our favorite details, from front doors to dining rooms. No matter what kind of home decorating idea you’re searching for, you’re sure to spot something you love. Remember, you don’t have to give your pad a complete makeover to make a change. Why not just try a new window treatment or hang some artwork? Decorating homes is easy with our simple, easy-to-follow tricks. Learn how to add a bold pop of color in your kitchen or on your couch, or how to make the most of a small space with functional furniture that does double duty. And we have tons of home decoration ideas that won’t bust your budget, from ways to decorate for less to home finds for under $100 (or even less than $50!).

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Real Estate Q&A: Staining Your Deck?


The Nest Q&A

How do I stain my own deck?


A dirty, dull deck is to your house like ring around the collar is to a crisp, white shirt: It makes the whole thing look dingy. Now is the time for a deck re-do, before summer temperatures skyrocket, making it too hot for staining (stain won’t dry properly if done in extreme temperatures -- above 85 or below 55 degrees). A great looking deck is also an asset to homebuyers. If you're thinking of putting up a "For Sale" sign, a great deck adds curb appeal and value.

How do you do it? First, wash the deck. You can rent a power washer at a home rental center, but you can also do it by hand (get the kids involved!). Use a long-handled bristle brush and warm, soapy water (a cup of bleach added to two gallons of water will remove mildew and moss). After you’ve scrubbed the deck, rinse it off using the jet setting on a hose sprayer attachment. Let the deck dry completely. Pour deck stain -- in the hue of your choice -- into a paint tray and use a long-handled roller to apply the stain to the deck. Apply it lightly and try not to overlap edges. Use a brush on railings.

Let the stain dry for 24 hours -- and then enjoy a long, cool drink with your friends on your just-like-new deck!

-- The Nest Editors

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