Last Updated on December 25, 2015 by Kristi Linauer
So how are all of you coming on your projects for Make It Happen Monday? I finally got started on mine yesterday, and I’ve made some progress!
The last time I finished my countertops, there were several things that went wrong. I’ve already told you about how I didn’t seal them properly (only one thin coat of Waterlox which began to wear off after a year). But also, the stain color last time turned out all wrong. Initially, I thought I like it. But over time, I began to realize something was just “off”. I couldn’t put my finger on it until last night when I started staining with the new color.
Here’s the old finish. Look how dark (almost black) the grain is in some places!! I think that looks so ugly…
See what I mean about the grain? And the color…what is it about the color? Too green? Too yellow? I still can’t put my finger on it, but here’s the new color…
I think that’s so much better! A little on the red side, which I’m really okay with after living with the green/yellow tint with black grain for a year. And the grain doesn’t look as dark this time. I’m hoping that doesn’t change when I seal them! I’m still considering at least one more coat of stain. We’ll see.
Speaking of sealing them, I’m still in a quandary about what sealer to use. I think I’ve narrowed it down to plain ‘ole polyurethane and spar varnish. I really want it to be durable for many years to come. I’ll make a decision today and tell you all about it on Monday.
So, how are your projects for Make It Happen Monday coming along?
Addicted 2 Decorating is where I share my DIY and decorating journey as I remodel and decorate the 1948 fixer upper that my husband, Matt, and I bought in 2013. Matt has M.S. and is unable to do physical work, so I do the majority of the work on the house by myself. You can learn more about me here.
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