Tuesday, 25 July 2017

Log Cabin in the Mountains, and a Step by Step Tutorial on How to Paint Logs

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My son who lives in the mountains, asked me to paint his shed while we were visiting him. It is hard to describe this shed because it's not built with 2X4's, instead it's a steel frame welded together and the OSB sheets are screwed to the metal framework with self tapping screws. Why? You ask. Because my son hates wood and loves welding.

It had a few issues from a construction standpoint. It did the trick but he wanted it to look nicer.  The men took the doors off the front and did a little reconstruction.

While they did that, I started painting. That little black spot in front of me is a little window so he can keep an eye on the dogs in the front yard, so it has to stay.

Of course every now and then you have to stop and smell the roses, or look at the mountains, whatever the case may be, the view from here is amazing.

So while Johnny and I were working on the shed, Dustin decided his Dad needed a headache rack for his truck, so he made one for him.

When our second son saw it, he wanted one too, so he built another one that we will take back to Ontario with us.

Once those were completed he helped his Dad rebuild the front of the shed. Do you see the hinge on the right? Keep an eye on it.

Ok, here's a step by step tutorial on how to paint a log. Paint in the medium brown colour. 

Then paint a dark edge (fading to light) across the top. Then paint a dark edge along the bottom fading to light about half way up the log. Paint a few faint streaks lengthwise throughout the log. Fade from dark to light with a sponge if needed.

Next paint a slight white highlight on the top half of the log.  Soften the white with a damp sponge.

Next use the dark brown to add streaks and knots to the logs.

Add some thin white highlights along the cracks and in the knots.

And then some black shadows along the cracks and knots.

Next, paint the ends of the logs to tie the two side together.

Finally add the chinking in off white. Make sure you add a little variation at the top and bottom of the chinking so that the logs aren't perfectly parallel to each other, there should be some slight wiggle to your line.

There you go, go paint some logs!
When I see this next picture it doesn't look very high, but when I'm up there with nothing to hang on to it feels very high.

These are the brushes I used, and I usually use a natural sea sponge but couldn't get one here, so I just used the cheap sponges.

I used a light/medium golden brown and a very dark brown. Also black and white. You could use whatever shades you like. I have also done these in gray and black.
The men added an overhang on the front of the shed among other repairs.  Here it is all done!

It took five days to complete.

Oh wait a minute, remember that hinge I told you to keep an eye on, well there was a reason for that.  The end of the shed was built so that it completely opens up.  The door on the far left and the white door are hinged together, and the right opens also. Is that genius or what?

Far left door closed, and right door closed, whatever you want.

 I hope you enjoyed seeing what I did on my summer vacation :)

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Saturday, 12 November 2016

Stairway to....Well, The Top Floor of Course!

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It's hard to explain how bad these stairs really were. They are original, and I believed they could be beautiful again, but how in the world was I going to do it?
I tried sanding them, the sander got all gummed up, and it took forever to get four steps done.

Since I thought it couldn't get any worse, I neglected to cover them up when the drywall mudder came. BIG mistake.
One day I just tackled them. I probably broke all the rules of staining, but I'm a rebel like that.
I first stained them with Minwax stain, and then immediately stained them with Java Gel Stain, until I had a reasonably even finish. It worked! After fretting over what I was going to do with these stairs for 4 years, I finally did it!

You see? I wasn't kidding about how bad they were, but the floor upstairs looked great, and the floor downstairs looked great! So I had to try.

Here they are after the staining was finished. I also used Java Gel Stain on the hand rail and spindles.

I then varnished them two times.

Can you even believe these are the same stairs?

I cannot even tell you how much I love them!

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Thursday, 10 November 2016

While We Are On The Subject of Doors! A few other door makeovers.

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Do doors get any uglier than this? Really? This is a 36" door. There are two of them, in fact.  Budd and I wanted to get rid of them and replace them with smaller ones. Johnny wanted to leave them alone, he said we have enough work to do, on that point he is definitely correct.

Well, I couldn't leave them alone, so I figured it was worth a try to make them look better.

It's always a process, paint, antique, sand, design!

Settle on a plan, and forge ahead!

See what I mean? Paint, stain, sand. 1,2,3!

Then stand back and have a look...and look... and look!

And look again, close up, far away, upside and and inside out!

 Put it back in place.

And much later, finally begin painting to cover up that red wall!

I've had good reviews by people who have come to tour the stone house, so I'm taking this as a success!
Now on to the next one. This door was in the house when we bought it, but it is not original to the house when it was built. It doesn't show so much here, but it was very orange, and a little beat up.

Enter Java Gel Stain by General Finishes. This product is incredible! This is my own personal opinion and I am not compensated by General Finishes in any way, although, I wouldn't refuse, if you know what I'm saying.
Here is a picture of the door finished, and trimmed out.

These are original French doors that we removed, and later replaced. I just started working on these, but then sunshine and warmer temperatures called, so you will have to wait until Spring to see the finished product. 

Not really a cliff hanger, but I hope you will come back and check it out again.

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Saturday, 5 November 2016

This Is the Story of a Door. Ugly slab door makeover.

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In the stone house that we are renovating, we created a pantry, in that pantry is a window, we didn't want to lose the light that shines in there so we needed  pantry door with a window. I could probably have found a suitable door, but that just isn't my way is it?
I went looking through my stash, and I do have some very nice doors, but I didn't want to ruin any of them by taking out a lovely old panel and inserting glass.
When we found this door, and it was just the size we needed, I seriously didn't know if I could make this look good, but it was worth a try.

I found just the right window in my stash (this is just a little part of my stash), it's from my Grandmother's house, circa early 1930's.

I cut a hole in the door with a circular saw, and secured the window in by nailing and gluing cottage grade tongue and groove panelling over it. I cut the tongues and grooves off, and turn the paneling backward so that I have a rough surface to do the paint treatment on.

I outlined the edge of the door with paneling,

and then chose to do a couple of strips down the middle.

I painted the door white and then stained over it with black, rubbing most of it off I liked the window as it was so I didn't even have to paint it. Then I sanded the rough paneling with the sander. This picture is of the back of the door. I wasn't going to bother adding the extra embellishment in the middle, but later realized that I had the wrong swing going, so I eventually finished this side too and it became the outside after Johnny switched the hinges over for me.

Here it is in place, can you see the photo bomber?

I bet you can now!

I saved the original trim and we used it again on the main floor of the house, isn't it pretty?

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