1:-Decide that you want to paint light coloured wood before you make an enormous chicken run and staple wire to the wood apparently at 2cm intervals
2:-When using water protective wood stain, remember it isn't very likely to come off you very easily either!
3:-Re No. 2 - Wear a hat!
4:-Re No. 3 - If you aren't wearing a hat, don't stand underneath the beam that you are painting.
5:-Don't wear a sleeveless t-shirt.
6:-Wear old clothes, shoes, hat, glasses, and if possible old skin - - you'll need the new stuff to cover yourself in after you've scrubbed all the old skin off in a vague attempt to remove dark brown stains from all over your body/face/hands/hair!
7:-Enjoy it! - Well you might as well - it's going to take weeks!
I'm going to get my knitting out now - it's safer!