After my last update a few weeks ago, I got started with my plan for staining the deck.
I wanted to have some color, and decided to give this space something in
common with our basement flooring.
With that decision made, I picked
out two solid stains to match up with the redwood color I used on the
fence. I tried out my colors in the raised areas first.
With those parts done in solid colors, I could see how the three colors would work together, and I decided to go for it.
I figured the space was big enough to allow me to make two foot squares
(if I had gone with one-foot squares, I would have gone crazy with all
I started out in what I considered the middle of the deck
and began laying out the lines. from there I used a 12-inch metal
painting blade to keep the paint within the boarders. About half way in, I made a "mistake." Can you spot it?
She Who Must Be Obeyed is a quilter, and she reminded me that traditionally, many quilters would purposely introduce a "mistake" into their work so as not to be perfect. So, that's my story too, and I'm sticking to it.
I knew going in that it would take a lot of effort to deal with the visible edges of each board, and that took the most time as I squeezed the brush into the cracks between boards and worked to get complete coverage without getting spots of one color where another color is supposed to be. I think the end result was worth it.
It worked pretty
well, but I've got some touch up to do yet.
Fabulous! I bet it looks even better in person. That reminds me, I have a deck project....are you available? LOL.ReplyDelete
Ha! I'm available on the same time scale that this took -- see ya in about six yearsDelete
That looks great UA! While I do see the "mistake" I really like that it introduced me to that concept of purposely adding one. I'm pretty sure I remember reading the same thing about the folks who make "Oriental" rugs, with the thought that no one except (insert diety of your choice) can make something perfect. Good job!ReplyDelete
Thanks MB, it's been a fun project, but I'm ready to get back to some other pending projects now.Delete
You are one patiant and meticulous uncle! That is beautiful, I would be scared to walk on it :)ReplyDelete
Thanks. So far the birds haven't bombed it, but I know I'm going to have to tolerate it getting a little dirty. :-)Delete
This looks awesome - carrying the colors from the basement out was a great idea!ReplyDelete