One of the most frequent questions I get is regarding paint or stain on the dimensional lumber. Along with the many different railing designs, there is a greater number of stain options. Mountain Laurel Handrails are typically built with a red cedar railing 2×4 top and bottom to which the sticks and branches are fastened. These 2x4s are also usually painted or stained to match the deck or balcony posts and other lumber. To help with a color selection, I’ve selected some common and not so common stain colors so that you can see what the wood looks like once it is stained. In the image below, I’ve stained a white pine 2×4 and a red cedar 2×4, both sanded with 80 grit paper, with 9 different stain colors.
Color choices are one of the most difficult in any home design choice and I’ve personally witnessed homeowners agonize over the right color choices. I understand what they’re going through as I’ve been involved in color choice decisions. Hopefully, these stained boards will give you a little help in making a pick!