Thursday, July 10, 2008

exterior stain: a preview

When I first saw it, I thought, "This is dark. And red!"

But I was used to the light natural color of pine siding, a color that I knew would not stand the test of time. And I had agreed, even enthusiatically, to the choice of California Rustic.

It's growing on me. I know we made the right choice, and it looks great with the blue roof, but I just have to bid farewell to "natural aging pine".

I've seen that color before. I think it was in Arches National Park in Utah, late January 21 years ago, the rocks were that color and the sky was just that blue. I'll scan and post a photo for comparison, when I dig that album out of storage.

8 comments:

MojoMan said...

Beautiful and classic! Yes, it's best to have some pigment in there to protect the wood from UV light.

Deb said...

Mojoman- our carpenter said opaque stain lasts a lot longer than translucent. Since we had some weathered graying boards and some newer boards, it seemed to be the only viable choice. And I remember staining the cabin we're living in now with translucent stain, and the wood has darkened under it over the years. I wonder about how all these opulent lake homes I see, with the translucent cedar color half log siding, will look ten years from now.

Jayne said...

Love that color Deb!

Richard said...

Great choice of color. You can even find it in a snow bank.

LauraHinNJ said...

I think it looks great, Deb!

Lynne said...

Deb- I think the color is FANTANSTIC!! I'm so excited for you that your new home is becoming a reality.

Starflower said...

Hey mom just to let you know the plans with brittany were canceled so yup and i like the pic op the house

starflower said...

Oh i told dad to