Stain Disdain

The winner of the Muddy Paw give away is comment #12, Oreo’s Mom!

If you are Oreo’s Mom, be sure to email me at interiorsbykenz (at) gmail (dot) com so I can get your information.

This weekend was great.  If you follow me on Instagram, you’ll already know this.  If you don’t follow my wild life on Instagram, you’re missing out.  I got a new violin!!!  It’s a Bazzini Concerto, and it resonates like Pavarotti singing in Kate Middleton’s bathroom.  I was so excited I played for hours straight on Saturday.  I almost didn’t get any DIYing done.

Bazzini Concerto Violin

But don’t worry.  You know it isn’t in my blood to let my house sit for a weekend and not do anything at all.  I don’t want to live in a world where weekend warriors are extinct.

You all know I’m antsy to start working on our kitchen.  HOWEVER, I know that if we don’t finish the basement before we officially start the kitchen, it will never be complete.  The pillars were calling my name like a nagging wife.  So like a faithful slave spouse to DIY, I responded to the beckoning call.

I’ve gained a bunch of new readers (HELLO!!! I’M SO HAPPY YOU ARE HERE!) over the past couple of weeks.  So I feel like I need to give you the back story, gangsta style, of what I’m working on.  Give me a beat… let’s kick it:

Yo, this was the basement family room when we moved in.  Da’ Salvation Army was down to leave behind their dope forest green glider and motel-art-turned-couch.

Basement Design

That playa-wall was load bearing, but we wanted to give it some cred.

Build A Nook Under Load Bearing Wall Stairs

We had to add a beam where the nook area was.  We were kickin’ it with the stairs exposed.

Hanging Drywall - Building a Nook Under The Stairs

Flipping switches and adding bling…

Carpentry Detail on the Stairs

Which leads us to the next step: stain.

I had the hardest time picking a color.  I went through 4 stain samples.  I narrowed it down to two.  Minwax Red Mahogany and Minwax Classic Gray.  Here they are side by side.

Exposed Stairs

I really liked the gray stain, but I felt like the Mahogany would give it a more warm and classic feel.  So I moved forward with staining.

I did the ENTIRE thing by myself, while Aaron and Karl just sat and watched… until I told them to get their bodies in the kitchen and make me a big salad.

Exposed Stairs

Exposed Stairs

As the stain started to dry, I noticed a problem.  It got all “Bad Luck Brian” up in there.  The stain on the wood filler did not match the stain on the rest of the columns.  Crap.

Exposed Stairs

Once it was completely dry, it was much less noticeable.

Exposed Stairs

Exposed Stairs

But still noticeable to bug the devil out of me.  I need to find a way to fix this.

Exposed Stairs

Any of you homies know how?  Will a 2nd coat of stain blend the wood filler spots with the regular wood?

I’m not too jazzed about it.  Would you be happy if your beautiful beam columns were down with an incurable case of the chicken pox?  Didn’t think so.

What did your weekend entail?

Related posts:

  • Emma (Broke Ass Home)

    I have no idea how to fix the holes, but I love the violin and the color stain you picked. 🙂 Also, the before to now pictures of the basement are BOMB. Like, damn. The fact you even saw what it could be is amazing.

    • Kenz

      I LOVE looking at the before pictures compared to what it is now. It is almost unrecognizable. I just gotta fix those stupid filler marks, or it will bug for me a million years.

  • congratulations on the new violin :). Love the dark stain. Same thing happened to us with wood putty on our whale (where we filled in after doing anchor screws). I have no idea how to fix it, but I rarely notice it these days.

    • Kenz

      Thank you! I am so excited about my new violin. It’s a million times better than my old one 🙂 I’m glad you don’t notice it on your whale. I LOVE that whale so much. Such a classy piece.

  • I think that stain color was definitely the right choice- it looks really rich and cozy and ties in with the color of the couch and nook seat.

    • Kenz

      That’s the same reason I went with that color. It really pulled everything together. I just need to fix those dang wood filler spots.

  • Katja @ Shift Ctrl ART

    It looks really great. With another coat of stain you will probably see less of the grain which I personally wouldn’t mind, and it will likely mask it more, but might not make it disappear. I think it would have to be sanded down so that only the nail holes themselves have filler – a tiny dot – and not any of the surrounding area. Probably not the solutions you wanted to hear? :(. I LOVE how the columns are going out though. It looks terrific! And know that you are NOT alone in putting 5000 hours into a project and then have a tiny thing at the end that is bugging you… 🙂 been there, done that (repeat)

    • Kenz

      haha, I was thinking the same thing. I’m sure I’m going to need to do more sanding to get it fixed. UGGGG!! It’s okay though. The important thing is to get it right. I’m glad you can relate!

  • I think it looks great! I didnt see the spots first, but now I can see why you find it annoying, I would probably have too. But I have no idea how to fix it!

    Your couch looks super-comfy! Please come and fix my house too.

    • Kenz

      Hi Henriette! You would love that couch so much. The cushions are down-filled. I would love to come and work on your house with you. Next time I’m on your side of the world, I’ll let you know 🙂

  • eranfaraway

    I am so sorry you have another… obstacle… to work through with that wall! After explaining the concept of non-creepy internet friends to tradesman boyfriend he recommended: carefully scrape out the wood filler and then refill with a filler that matches the stained wood (which probably won’t be the same color as the stain you used). He said wood fillers are supposed to take stain the same as wood, but almost never do. If you think about the difference in density it makes sense. Keep strong and carry on, my dear! You are an inspiration to us all!

    • Kenz

      It really is one obstacle after another with this dang wall! Thanks for believing in me. I’m going to try very carefully removing the wood filler and trying again. It just needs to be RIGHT.

  • Katja has your answer. Sand it down and use as little as possible. Bummer dude!!

    • Kenz

      I figured as much. effing A. I guess it will make for a good story. At least it didn’t try to kill me like your rug.

  • Audrey Alvey

    Love the stain color. Maybe you could distress the columns to camo the filler spots….

    • Kenz

      That is a possibility! Thanks Audrey!

  • Amy

    Once you figure out a solution, let me know. As soon as you shared you put that wood filler on them several posts back and that you would stain it later, I thought, really? That has never worked for me in the past. But I was excited to see how you did it. People somehow do match it, once you figure it out, please share!