11x15 cabin build part 4
As you can see, the pine logs have a yellow color. Over time this could
weather to a lighter gray color but I wanted the cabin to be a darker
color and have the look of an old cabin.
I chose this stain from Home Depot. The instructions say to mix
it thoroughly. I found that if you do not mix it at all, the color when
the can is full will be fairly light and then when you get to the
bottom of the can, the color will be much darker since the pigment has
The next three photos show the sequence I used to get the "old
log look" that I was after.
first coat is rolled on using stain from a full unmixed can of stain.
If the can has been sitting for a long time, most of the pigment will
be combined into almost a paste at the bottom of the can so it isn't
really disturbed when the stain is poured into a roller pan. I used
standard paint rollers to apply this first coat.
When the can was nearly empty, I used a paint brush dipped in the heavy
pigment and randomly brushed on some streaks. No need to wait for the
first coat to dry although it doesn't hurt to.
I then used the same brush to soften the streaks. The key is to
maintain contrast. If it is over done, the logs will look too uniform.
Here you can see the entire wall after getting the two tone stain
Next comes the chinking.
I used Log Jam on this cabin.
Foam backer rod is wedged into the gaps. I had various diameters 1/2",
Where the gap was large, I used pipe insulation as the backer.
Chinking applied in about 2 feet of the gaps.
A light spray of water.
Smoothing with a bent putty knife.
Starting to look like a finished cabin!
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