Watson Mill - circle library, part 6

by brae  

Continuing work on the circle library.  As a recap, here is where the circle library was last time: finished but bare wood.

I've stained the pieces and reassembled in dry fit.  The dumbwaiter and its cabinet have a first coat of stain but aren't finished.

The walls have been primed with grey gesso, which is in the same color range of the wallpaper I've chosen.

I had planned to stain the library Minwax Natural after my test sample seemed to bring out the grain while leaving the color minimally changed.  Well, in a large area, that didn't really work so well.  It turned rather orange, like raw salmon cutlet orange.  The edges of the circles darkened significantly as well.  :\

I knew it was going to bother me, so I opted for a second coat of stain, this time using Minwax Driftwood.  I had nothing to lose really since I wasn't going to leave it orange so I would be redoing parts if not all of it whether the attempts to fix it worked or not.

The green in Driftwood balanced the red in Natural, and the end result is darker but a better color overall.  The darker edges of the circles no longer seem out of place.  It actually looks like it was made from reclaimed wood, which makes a lot of sense for an old mill.  :]  A happy accident.

11 comments

Comment from: Debora [Visitor]

I really like how it turned out!

07/04/17 @ 11:24
Comment from: Sheila [Visitor]

I love your end result! I agree, the orange was a bit much. And wouldn’t have gone well with the settee or the walls.

07/04/17 @ 11:24
Comment from: Barbara [Visitor]

I am loving that driftwood stain - I think I need some RL patio furniture in that colour!

07/04/17 @ 12:36
Comment from: Pepper [Visitor]

It really does look like reclaimed wood. I can’t help wanting this shelving unit in a nautical theme, borrowing the circular ’sail’ shape for a ships wheel look. Love it! :0)

07/04/17 @ 13:04
Comment from: elizabeth s [Visitor]

What a great solution! :D I love the aged effect of the wood and you are so right about it making a lot of sense in the history of the Mill

07/04/17 @ 13:55
Comment from: azteclady [Visitor]

It already looks fantastic! And the wallpaper will go so well with the stain, and really, with the tone of the furnishings you’ve so far chosen.

07/04/17 @ 15:13
Comment from: Nancy Enge [Visitor]

Color magic! Well done :)

07/04/17 @ 22:38
Comment from: brae [Member]

Thanks so much! :>>

07/05/17 @ 08:46
Comment from: Kristine [Visitor]

The stain just brings it all to life! The colour is going to compliment the wallpaper so nicely. (I can only imagine the panic when you saw the salmon orange on the first coat &#59;) )

07/05/17 @ 19:06
Comment from: Linda Ford [Visitor]

As you know, I LOVE watching you work on your projects and appreciate that you share everything with us.

07/10/17 @ 10:38
Comment from: brae [Member]

Thank you! :>>

07/18/17 @ 07:26


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