Thursday, October 8, 2009


I had not successfully stained before. I started out happy how light the stain was, covered half the fireplace, used up the entire can, then wondered what the brown gunk was on the bottom.

Armed with a fresh can and stirring sticks, I diluted 2:1 with mineral spirits and went to town.

Funny how this is the color I usually aim for after the wood has set under the california sun for a week.
Although, this method required releasing about two pints of mineral spirits into the air.


  1. That looks really good! I like the tone, esp. in the daylight. It is starting to come together like a sellable home. How is the bathroom coming? How is the guy doing with the baseboards?

  2. Nevermind, I was looking at yesterdays pictures. It just looks really good.