Sunday, November 21, 2010

In Between Processes

The stained trim must dry before I nail it to the walls. Twenty four hours is just barely long enough. It is still a bit tacky then, but I am on a mission to cut and stain as much as I can before the weathers turn. I want to avoid staining the trim inside if at all possible. I have a feeling it won't be.

There was extra drying time because the inside portion of the door frame had to be cleaned and painted white first. Strange how this white door with the two windows is not as annoying as the white bathroom door on a painted wall.

Each new detail is often a bit shocking at first. Is this what I wanted? After looking at the cabin one way for so long, a new element takes some getting used to. The trim is rustic to say the least. It is prime choice 1 x 3 sanded and stained cherry to match all the other wood elements. I didn't want any of the thinner, finely milled or fancy trim pieces you can buy off the rack. I hope. I was sticking with the simple clean line concept.

The bathroom is near complete except for the window trim.

That window trim is drying on the rack with the back door trim and some base boards.

In a spare moment, ha, I decided to paint the main girder and short columns - it will be the same Molera Vaquero Red of the main columns - on the driveway side of the cabin only to discover that the damn varmints have been chewing on the wood trying to get inside my house. Damn varmints!! Then I also remembered I need to do some caulking on the seams under there to help keep the damn varmints out.

I looked closer and found some varmint entry holes around a gas line and a ceiling light box under the cabin for the basement patio. They had chewed right through big globs of spray foam insulation in addition to the wood beams they have been gnawing on. Damn Varmints!!

I have a lot of caulking to do that will need to dry before I can paint the main girders. I knew it wouldn't be difficult to find things to do while I waited for the stain to dry.


Lisa at Greenbow said...

Those white doors are screaming for some color. If you must have white at least give them an off white coat of paint. If you leave them the like this it will look like you primed them and then lost interest. You have so much beautiful color in your CC don't let the doors be white. That's all I am gonna say about it. Those damn varmints. When you get moved in it might be a bit of a deterrent if they think they have to share with you.

Anonymous said...

I think the doorframes should be white. I'm just not really fond of the white door/stained frame thing.
As for the varmints, my hubby has to put varmint traps under the house ever so often. Of course, that might not work in your situation because your kitties can get under your house.

Randy Emmitt said...

Tell me what kind of stain you are using 24 hours to dry that just sucks. I'm staining 200 sq ft of beaded board tomorrow (outside) and installing it as I go hopefully. I have used stains that dried in 30 mins.

Christopher C. NC said...

Lisa hates the white. Sallysmom loves the white. Even if they stay white they will be have to be cleaned and painted. I've been using a basic off the shelf flat white on the door jambs/frames. The exterior of the entry doors will be blue though.

Randy I have been using your basic Minwax wood stain. Maybe the cooler temps are slowing it down. Oh yes that bead board ceiling under the cabin needs to be primed and painted a Haint Blue. It's on the list.

Christopher C. NC said...

Oh Sallysmom I see you think the door trim should be white. Hmm. Then it wouldn't match the baseboards, window trim or ceiling trim. Would that matter?

Lola said...

Something to think about. Have you thought about some kind of art framed with rustic framing {on either side of door} to draw the eye away from the white door? Just a thought. I'm no good at that kind of thing.
What kind of varmints? wood rats? We had problems with those. I put boxes of moth balls under the house. Winter time is worse. Their looking for warmth. I don't know if the moth balls would be dangerous for the kitties or not. Will have to check about that.

Lola said...

Did research.
Don't use moth balls for varmint deterring. They are toxic to cats.
Don't have a clue as to what to do.

Christopher C. NC said...

Lola I bought some picture hanging hooks last week and have been thinking about hanging a particular piece to the right of that door now and another over the sofa.

I think me and the kitties just need to move in. They'll start catching the varmints under the cabin before they can get in. They are good hunters.

Lola said...

That's good. I think art would make all the difference.
I thought you being in the Cozy Cabin with kitties would help a lot. I'm glad they are good hunters. Just so they don't bring them to you. lol

Nancy said...

I agree the dead white doesn't cut it. Lots of possibilities. I like the white living room door, balanced and centered, but somehow the bathroom isn't right. I think I would like it a lighter shade of the same green, maybe? Not sure. In our house the white we finally used looked yellow against a dead white, but on the walls it just looked like sunlight. Warm and beautiful.

Anonymous said...

Hi Christopher, you are moving along! I don't care for the white, but like a painted surface. I do like the simple trim. Rustic suits the cozy cabin, with some elegant touches thrown in. Danged varmints. Steel wool stuffed in, perhaps. I thought the foam was critter proof, we use it here too. We have another foot of bottles, green to add to your wall. :-)

Tom - 7th Street Cottage said...

My opinion, paint all the trim white. The stain is taking on too many colors with the different types of wood. White would allow everything to sort of blend together. I know you want a mountain cabin look, but if you're set on using white doors, it's just not working with the stained trim. Again, that's my opinion.

I love the red beam though. A little surprise color is always nice, like your blue loft.

Christopher C. NC said...

Nancy if I decide to paint the bathroom door another color that will lead to all kinds of painful color choosing. I may just have to deal with the pain.

Frances more edging is wonderful. My wine drinkers are gone for the winter. The doors will get painted. maybe a flat off white would work.

Tom I am so not set on the white doors. I am more set of the stained wood trim.

beverly said...

Well I am not going to argue white/not white, but I will argue for doing nothing for awhile and just living with it. If it still bugs you next spring you may need to do something about it. I would hate to see you change it and then have to change back. Just my 2 cents (can you tell I have learned that the hard way??!) (:

Christopher C. NC said...

Beverly that is good advice. Painting the door is not a priority so there is plenty of time for polls, blog posts and contemplation before any action will occur. That could easily be in the spring.

Siria said...

I'm with Beverly, don't do anything for now, but don't use flat paint. Use a semi-gloss. It cleans up better with dirty finger prints too!