Today I wanted to finish staining the last of my unfinished doors.
Yesterday I purchased oil-based pre-stain conditioner because I was sure the full can stain I had at home was also oil based. It was not.
So after I removed the doors from the mud room closet (by popping the hinge pins) and conditioned them, I made a trip to Home Depot for a can of Weathered Gray.
I carefully mixed Weathered Gray and Sunbleached in an approximately 2:1 ratio to lighten the gray.
When I was happy with the mixed color I tried it on a stir stick which I carried into the house to see how it would look. The mudroom is painted Benjamin Moore’s Moonshine with an Edgecomb Gray ceiling. The stain color was fine. However, when I started to brush it onto the doors it was shockingly bue.
Instead of freaking out I continued with the color and allowed the process to create the color I knew should be there instead of what I actually saw. I know that paint and stain applied outside always looks bluer than it will inside. I think it’s due to the blue sky reflecting on it.
Anyway, when I returned the doors to the mudroom the color was just right: not too dark and not blue.
I rehung the two doors but was unable to pull the hinge pins on the horizontal door above the other two.
I’m hoping to stain this final door and mark it off my 101 in 1001 list next week. I might have to stain it in place which will not be easy.
Do you run into inconvenient issues on your projects?
In the beginning of this month I was hoping to have a new and improved vigor that spring always seems to bring. Indeed, now that the weather has warmed up and the days are longer I have more energy and focus to complete old projects and start new ones.
We had a special musical treat to celebrate the birthdays of Charlie and Sug. We attended a concert of the Maryland State Boychoir at a local venue.
They are inspirational and very well-trained.
This month, I saw The Green Book due to the Academy Award buzz. I thought it was entertaining although I would have liked it to have more of Don Shirley’s music.
I saw Dumbo today. It is a charming film. It didn’t get particularly strong reviews but I enjoyed it very much. Danny DeVito is always fun and Colin Farrell is very attractive.
We marked both Charlie’s and Sug’s birthdays with a nice meal at a local Italian bistro. Charlie ordered capellini Alfredo which he enjoyed so much that he wanted to make it at home.
That wish came true last weekend when we discovered there are only 3 ingredients in Alfredo: cream, butter, Parmesan cheese. We made it (Charlie boiled the pasta and I made the sauce). Ta-dah!
I finally finished making door curtains in the master bedroom. I also finished making shades for the windows.
It took an entire weekend but now they’re finished.
Over the past year I have spoken with our carpenter who is supposed to reroof the deck outside the master bedroom and add a railing.
He just needs to be motivated to work on this complicated project. I’m hoping the mild March weather encourages him to get started. He has not started yet so I’m hoping April will be the month.
I have started in earnest getting all clutter out of the Treetops room. As every surface (including the floor) is cleared I become more and more hopeful that this will just be the beginning of less stuff, more freedom.
I managed to finish one of the two projects I had listed in the beginning of the month: