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Exterior Stain: Progress Report

The staining process of the exterior eaves and porch ceilings began yesterday. Not only did our painting group arrive a day early (hooray), but they also formulated a semi-solid stain mixture to match our original chosen semi-transparent sample. Our original semi-transparent stain necessitated three separately applied coats of stain to obtain the desired depth of color. Three separate coats would have been a costly process in time, money, and labor.  Therefore we are all thankful for the perfectly matched semi-solid stain which only needs one coat to reach the same warm deep honey color we so loved in our semi-transparent sample.


As of yesterday the only portion that was stained was the front porch ceiling. When I saw it my heart skipped a beat! It is warm and inviting, calm and peaceful, glowing and deep. There is something deeply soothing and comforting about a warm honey ceiling that just feels like home. I cannot wait to sit under this warm ceiling in the crisp autumn air and simply watch the world go by.


In the photo above you can see that just the porch ceiling has been stained, not the surrounding eaves (at the very top of the picture) that are still raw wood.

Here are some pictures to remember what the porch ceiling looked like before and during the beadboard removal and replacement process.

Below: A few photos from when the ceiling was still painted the same dark taupe/gray color as the house.




Below: Old painted beadboard removed.

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Below: Porch ceiling with new beadboard ceiling installed.


Below: And now back to today with freshly stained porch ceiling.


Cheers to sitting on this porch again soon with a nice refreshing drink in hand.


Love and hugs,


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