I have something like fifteen windows in my house with unfinished wood trim, just waiting for someone to pick a stain color and get moving on finishing them.
Okay, let’s be honest… you’re talking to a person who didn’t have trim around her bathroom door for three years, so it’s possible that finishing the windows isn’t high up on my priority list. But since I’ve resigned myself to living in the garage for a few more months (where there is no baseboard or trim around the windows, mind you), I’m going to make one of my goals for 2011 to finish each room —including the trim— before I move into it.
What happens to derail me from these little project most often– which is to say, just after the complete collapse of my sanity, or misplacing my drill for several hours– is that I end up having to make decisions that are contingent on other decisions, which I can’t make until I’ve used some ancient and forgotten equation reliant on the alignment of the planets and how much alcohol I’ve had that day to tell me where some obscure piece of furniture that I probably don’t even own yet should reside in the house. The house that just barely has walls, mind you.
I guess you could say that on occasion, I get paralyzed by the details.
To help alleviate that, I’ve been doing as much planning ahead of time as possible, with the laundry room, and house colors, for example. So when I saw this aisle at my local True Value, I knew what I had to do…
I decided to be a little proactive on the stain choices for the windows, so that when the time comes to finish a room off, I can have a brush in hand and be ready to go.
I’ll admit to having been a bit of a mad scientist when it comes to stain colors in the past. In my old house the trim was all a dark walnut base coat with a light brushing of cherry and a mahogany/satin poly top coat.
I don’t even want to consider how much of my brain power on a daily basis is used to store the recipes of the crazy concoctions of paint and stain I mix in the moment and then paint all over my house.
To try an make life a smidgen easier this time around, I decided to find just one color that I love and can use for my base wood trim.
And I would really like it to look like these doors, which I love:
Unfortunately Pella doesn’t sell their stain colors by the gallon (as far as I know) and that one time I tried to match it with the cedar beams didn’t work out so well. I am understandably hesitant.
So I picked out some likely candidates from the True Value stain aisle, and conducted a very scientific experiment on the floor of my garage/apartment.
One coat on the top, two coats on the bottom. The four on the left are brush-and-wipe stains, the two on the right are the stain/poly combos in satin finish.
I will tell you straight off that I had high hopes for Driftwood which did not even remotely pan out.
I’m also having a hard time with detecting even the smallest difference in color between Early American, Provincial, and Special Walnut.
And I sort of wish they’d just start naming these stains the color they are coming out of the jar.
Pecan, I officially dub you “barely there bubblegum”. Olde Maple… someone has already taken the name “carrot top”, haven’t they?
We used Early American on the pine ceiling in the Station, so that is my fall back color.
I love it, I’m just not sure I’m in love with it.
What do you guys think. Any interior stain colors you absolutely love?
Just So No One Goes To Jail: I’m part of the True Value DIY Blog Squad and you are so going to get sick of hearing me say this, but while they did compensate me for my participation in the Blog Squad, they did not tie me to a chair with duct tape and say nice things about them.
And speaking of True Value, have you entered to with the $150 True Value gift card yet?