How we get into the garage and staining the backside

Apparently we caused a little confusion with our ipe garage post. I didn’t actually show you how we get our cars into the garage. My bad. The post was picture heavy and I really wanted something to chat with you about this week. Projects are slow because w-editing. That’s short for “editing wedding images” for those non-wedding photographers out there… of which there may be many more thanks to our recent feature on Apartment Therapy. Hi, new readers!

I digress. We can, in fact, get our cars into the garage thanks to the alley access on the backside of the building.


Part way through the ipe wrap we got garage doors, which was a happier day than I ever imagined.


Then we grappled with how to finish the alley side of the garage. We L O V E the look of the ipe and we usually choose aesthetics over… well, over everything else (specifically time and money.) But the ipe wrap had turned into a very tedious project, and we questioned whether the alley side really needed that treatment. We were also really happy with how the stain on the fence posts turned them into a deep brown the mimicked the tone of the ipe.

Stain (and common sense?) won. While Aaron worked (tirelessly) on the ipe, I spent a few hours on a few weekend days to coat the exposed wood with Behr Semi-Transparent Weather Proofing All-in-one Wood Stain and Sealer tinted to chocolate.


We are really happy with the results. It gave the wood a rich feel that ties in nicely with the ipe AND it was a project I could tackle. It’s always nice when I can get in on the renovation and take something off of Aaron’s plate.

Here are a few angles: pre-doors, pre-stain and finished.









These two pictures (above and below) are a good example of how the light (cloudy above, sunny below) affect the appearance of the cor-ten fence.


A few people asked for pictures of the interior of the garage. I’m giving you an IOU for that, but I promise it’s not very exciting or photogenic. More to come!

7 thoughts on “How we get into the garage and staining the backside

  1. I really do love the color you’re achieving with all the staining. It’s such a rich wood tone and really plays well with the metal fence. You guys must be stain experts by now! We’re getting ready to stain a dresser for our daughter’s bedroom and I’m a little intimidated by that (relative to yours) small project. So I’m really impressed by your entire garage project. And congrats on the AT feature!

    • Thanks, Laura. We’re definitely not stain experts. The nice thing about exterior stain is that you just brush it on – no need to wipe off. I would be intimidated by a dresser. Good luck!

  2. Loving the the choices you’re making. You’re making me want to become a homeowner even though the other half of that equation scares the everloving out of me. 🙂

  3. Looking sharp. Glad to see the back side of the garage. It’s kind of like not seeing someone (a character in a film) close a door during a movie, and the rest of the time your belief is un-suspended because you never saw the door shut. Now I’ve seen the shut doors = Ahhh.

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