From Texas-sized 2 Tiny House For Three
I must admit that I haven’t been good about blogging lately primarily because I can use speech to text in a Facebook post much easier than on the blog. It’s just too hard to type with one finger on my right hand! LOL
Needless to say, we are just about ready to start putting the siding on, but my brain is not letting me move forward. I can’t seem to find the right color of stain or paint for either the beetle kill or the board and batten. The board and batten paint is too light and looks mostly light blue to off-white versus light gray with subtle blue tones, and so far everything I thought would work for the beetle kill only makes the blue more brown no matter what brand I seem to use. I just can’t win on this! I’m so frustrated I’m contemplating using our expensive beetle kill as flooring on the inside of the house, or maybe the walls, just so I don’t keep ruining what should be a beautiful blue-gray by turning it brown with stain. I’m just running out of ideas here.
Left is the Penofin oil treatment vs. the natural grey-blue of the beetle kill pine.
I thought I could declare victory with finding the right stain and posted as such on Facebook that some Olympic Elite semi transparent in dark ash was going to work, but I just took two small pieces that were nothing but the blue fungus stain, put it on them, and they instantly turned dark brown. Granted they will probably lighten up some as they dry, but I’m not willing to risk ruining all of my siding with that stuff. What to do, what to do…
We thought this would work…
Brandy gave me grief last night saying I was developing “paralysis from analysis” because I’m so stressed about making sure the outside of the house looks good, and while I don’t disagree with that assessment, the fact remains that I’m not willing to ruin all of our beautiful wood by just grabbing paints and stains and throwing them on without taking into consideration how well they will work together or not. One thought is to get a standard tinted stain with a blue hue and use that, but it certainly won’t be the Minwax that I have on hand that I just tested. It turned the wood neon blue, and that is definitely not what I want. They do have lighter colors, however, so that may be an option. I just don’t want to keep wasting the small pieces that have such beautiful blue staining in them just to test this theory, but I have to use the ones with the blue or else I won’t know what they will look like. We were expecting much more blue staining than we actually received, though don’t get me wrong and think that I’m don’t find the wood beautiful. It is lovely, but I had a very specific look in mind when I chose it, and it’s just not working out that way. I refuse to paint the beetle kill because that would defeat the entire purpose of it, but if I can’t find a stain that will work properly and not ruin the look I may just move it indoors. Not my idea of a good time considering how much I spent on it, but at least it would still get to shine through the way it was intended to. Of course that means I then have to find more siding for the bottom half of the house, and that is a whole other kettle of fish.
So, the Minwax was a total fail, as was the clear waterproofer (top left) and the 2nd piece I stained with the Olympic we thought we liked (bottom). Second from the top was a coat of the Olympic that turned brown that was then dry brushed with the Minwax. Better-ish, but still a definite N-O.
Another idea would be to scrap the idea of the outside being a blue gray tone and just run with the more brown tones. I don’t like the idea as much because it doesn’t coordinate with the roofing quite as well, but it would at least let us use what we have on hand and would still look quite lovely. It would give it more of a rustic cabin feel versus the cottage look we are going for, but I’m not wholly opposed to it. I know Brandy’s frustration level is going up because of my frustration level increasing, and the last thing he needs before finals is to have vicariously induced stress. Still, I’m just not willing to throw the house together without thoroughly thinking it through to make sure it’s going to be something we both love and can live with. Yes, It is small, which makes redoing the entire outside a bit easier, but it doesn’t make it any less painful and time-consuming in the end. I just want to do it right the first time, and it seems like I can’t find the right combination of paints and stains to do that.
For grins I held up three pieces that were raw against the side of the house, and then I flipped them over to show their backsides stained with Penofin to see how the more “rustic” side looked. We still prefer the raw side. Now to find a stain/sealer/WTFE-er that won’t turn them brown!
I picked up three colors of Sherwin Williams polyurethane based stain to see if it made any difference to delete the oil from the equation, and so far we do like these better. The middle color was supposed to be more gray, but the other two are definitely the best so far. We are going to try sanding the wood a bit to see if that helps it soak up the stain more, because by comparison the Penofin oil penetrated the wood extremely well.
I’ll get less yellow images in the morning – was working inside the house by this point. Left color is Blue Shadow and right is Harbor Mist.
I also went on and ordered some Benjamin Moore sea gull gray stain to try as the following image is EXACTLY the look we want. Too bad there doesn’t seem to be any oil based BM stain, so hopefully what I ordered will work. Here’s hoping!
The last thing to do is to find an alternative for the cedar. The paint we picked is too bright, and I’m not sold on the SW stain as an alternative.
The top shows both the smooth and rough sides painted Lighthouse somethingorother from Valspar, and the bottom two show both the rough and smooth sides stained with the SW stains. The smooth side didn’t soak enough in, but I do kinda like the way the rough side ended up.
Anyway, off to bed with me to await the arrival of the Benjamin Moore stain. In the meantime, if anyone has any suggestions, I’d love to hear them! Either comment below, or go to our Facebook page and comment there.
After Brandy finishes his finals tomorrow maybe we can FINALLY start getting some work done on the TH… Yeesh!