When we last spoke, I was trying to figure out how to transfer those precious height hash marks off the wall… I know that I want to transfer them to a wood piece. If we ever move from here, I want to be able to keep that with me. It always makes me a little sad to see the previous owners’ hash marks inside the pantry door.
So… I went to see my friends at Lowe’s—again. I bought an 8 ft 1′ by 8” piece of Poplar. I spent a little time this afternoon staining it. I first used a Pecan Minwax Stain.
It’s a nice warm color . (Pardon the basement rainy day photo.) I wanted a little more depth and variation to the color so I went to see what else we had. I found an Olympic stain my mom had so I figured I’d risk it. It was New Ebony so… dark… I brushed on a few dark strokes where I wanted to highlight the wood grain.
I let it soak in for just a second or two before I wiped the whole board with an old rag. The result is a look I really like.
It has more depth and color variation. I know… Playing with stain is scary. If you’re the type of person who likes things “just so” then maybe don’t try this. If you’re feeling a little adventurous, then go for it. The worst thing that could happen is you would have a big piece of firewood and have to get a new board. That’s not so awful…
Honestly, for me, getting over the fear of it not being exactly what I want is my biggest hurdle. If I forgive myself enough to allow myself a mistake… or two… things usually work out.
Now… While the stain is drying, the big question is what comes next? Most people make a giant ruler. I could do that. It’s good. It works. It makes sense. I’m just not sure it’s me….
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