Staining Made Simple with Flood (And the Better Backyard Sweepstakes!)

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So I have to admit, as much as I paint – I rarely stain.  It’s just that when you “rescue” thrift pieces, the trend is chalk paint.  So when I had the opportunity to try Flood® Wood Care products, I was really excited to create a piece that I could stain and enhance, rather than paint and cover up!  I am HOOKED!  Staining really suits my style and allows me to truly enjoy the natural wood grains.  Want to see my project?

Bean Bag Toss Game at

A bean bag toss game has been on my to-do list forever, and I found a fantastic tutorial over at Sew Woodsy for making one yourself!  Now, because I’m kind of a newbie… I used the Staining Made Simple guide to plot out my project.  The Staining Made Simple guide really is perfect; it walks you through what type of project you have and asks your preferences, and it tells you which products (and how much of them) to buy.  It even finds your local retailer.  So easy!


For my project, a cleaner was recommended to condition my new wood, and I picked out this lovely semi-transparent chestnut stain.  I wanted something that would allow the grain to show through (I upgraded to the birch plywood for this project so I could enjoy the wood grain) but Flood® Wood Care also offers solid color stains for more unique color choices, or even translucent stains if you enjoy the minimalist look.

DIY Stained Bean Bag Toss Game

After my game boards were built, all I needed to do was brush the stain on, and leave it to dry for 24-48 hours.  Your stained project should avoid cold temperatures and rain for 48 hours while the stain is drying.

DIY Stained Bean Bag Toss Game

The total time for this project was a little more than my normal projects – each game board took me an hour to build, and staining took 45 minutes from prep to cleanup.  The beanbags themselves whipped up in about 15 minutes, making this a 3-hour project – perfect for an afternoon (or in my case, a few evenings) – you just need to allow for that drying time after you’re done!  And to be honest… it may have taken me a little longer than the average DIY-er.  Beacause, you know… this:

DIY Stained Bean Bag Toss Game

Yep.  That’s my third trimester baby bump, and everything is getting a little tougher to navigate with little man in the way, LOL.  But I did manage it – by myself, even! – and our family had a GREAT time playing!

DIY Stained Bean Bag Toss Game

Raya was there to “help” us win… every bag magically went into the hole.  LOL.

DIY Stained Bean Bag Toss Game

I’m so pleased with how it turned out!  It looks gorgeous, and the best part is, if it gets left out in the rain or damp, my wood is protected!

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This project was a LOT of fun for me, and took the mystery out of staining.  I have plenty of stain leftover and I’m already eyeing other projects around the house and yard!  Thanks for coming by!


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  1. says

    We love this game and play it every time we head to my brother in laws summer pool parties. This is on our DIY to-do list so we can have a set for our own home. Thanks for sharing. Yours turned out great! XOXO

  2. says

    Gorgeous! Did you use plywood, cause it looks great! At first, I didn’t recognize the bump..duh. Maybe I should make one, since Josh loves throwing things right now – not a good thing…

  3. says

    How fun!! It would be perfect for a large family gathering or reunion! I love how pretty the wood looked when you stained it.

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