1. Build the kind of deck that doesn’t ever need to be stained. It’s expensive but I think probably worth it.
2. Hire someone to stain it for you. We are definitely doing this next time it needs to be stained.
3. If you can’t do either of those, then at least make it easier on yourself and stain the deck one color. I made things way too complicated by wanting a white railing. We realized pretty early on what a huge mistake that was….but it was too late. At least it looks good?