Finally staining my coop...after having it a year!

Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by EggyErin, Nov 7, 2011.

  1. EggyErin

    EggyErin Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 2, 2011
    N. Ga mountains
    I'm so happy with the color that I had to post. I put off staining because I thought I'd rather have the natural wood. Still needed to be sealed though. We had this oops! stain so on it went. Now have to get it matched so I can do the other two sides. Still trying to decide what to do with the trim. The door is clear-coated and will stay that way. Thanks for looking! P.S. There's plenty of ventilation - it's just mostly on the other two sides.


  2. kuntrygirl

    kuntrygirl Reduce, Reuse, Recycle

    Feb 20, 2008
    Opelousas, Louisiana



    What exactly did you use to stain it?

    Great job! [​IMG]
  3. Hawkeye95

    Hawkeye95 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Quote:it's really pretty! Great coop! [​IMG]
  4. catdaddy66

    catdaddy66 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Nov 18, 2009
    Lugoff, SC
    I have had a very similar situation with my new coop, started in April this year. I have a couple of questions if I may...
    !) did you use treated or untreated wood?, and B) did you stain with the chickens in the coop? Just trying to get as much info before attempting this NEEDED step!
    BTW, That is a nice coop you have!
    Last edited: Nov 7, 2011
  5. EggyErin

    EggyErin Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 2, 2011
    N. Ga mountains
    Thanks everybody! [​IMG] The wood is untreated, rough-cut pine (which is a BEAR to apply anything to) and I used a polyurethane-fortified, latex solid stain (as opposed to a stain that lets more grain show through). It's just an Ace brand but one of their better ones, I think. The chickens free-range so I didn't worry about them too much, as long as they didn't dip their beaks in the can. There really was hardly any smell during the painting and none at all from inside the coop. No drunken chickens lurching around.
  6. Linn Bee

    Linn Bee Chillin' With My Peeps

    Ah-h-h! Your coop is much the same as mine. I started with an 8 X 8 base and made the roof slope from 8 ft in the front to 6'6" in the back. I used cedar siding that had been stacked in a shed for nearly 20 years - removed from a house we put vinyl siding on. We put the siding painted side under and ended up with the most beautifully sided natural cedar building.

    I bought some grey and red stain that matched a nearby shed, but when push came to shove, I couldn't bring myself to cover the cedar, so I ended up with a near-clear preservative and stuck to painting the trim, window, and door with the stain.

    Your coop looks great! You should be proud!

    I see you sit and watch your 'girls', too? DH complains of finding me sitting with the chickens instead of with him.

    Love, Linn B (aka Smart Red) Gardening zone 5a - 4b in south-est, central-est Wisconsin
  7. EggyErin

    EggyErin Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 2, 2011
    N. Ga mountains
    Maybe if I'd had cedar I wouldn't have wanted to stain it. The all-pine look started getting Needed contrast. Mine is 8x10 and slopes to about 5'6" in back. I like to sit on the stoop and watch, chit-chat, and generally be a dorky chicken owner!
  8. Knock Kneed Hen

    Knock Kneed Hen California Dream'in Chickens

    Feb 15, 2010
    So. Cal.
    Love dorky chicken owners [​IMG] Nice coop. Looks good with the contrasting door.
  9. Nonny

    Nonny Chillin' With My Peeps

    May 16, 2011
    Brisbane, Australia
    I'm so glad you posted this! LOL

    I was going to stain my coop before I put all the sides together and was having a hard time getting my head around how I could do this while the four sides were still laying unassembled on the ground. (I had images of having to do half at a time, since one side had to dry before I could turn it over to do the other side./... which would just take way too long and be a pain in the bottom!)

    Much easier to stain it once it's actually standing I think! (Mins is untreated pine as well... I've sanded it though to get rid of the mill glaze)
  10. cva34

    cva34 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Aug 10, 2011
    Van Vleck ,TX
    Always good to let it DRY out good before you

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