Monday, March 23, 2015

Barn Door Frustration

I'm back after a wonderful and relaxing week at the farm. The daffodils were almost done blooming

 but the irises and dogwoods were starting to bloom.

I worked on the barn door and other projects while there. For the barn door, I had a look in mind - I wanted it to have an aged wood look with chippy paint. I used several pieces of leftover wood to try out finishes.

On some I just used stains-

others stains with paint:

and also multiple stains/paint:

I actually liked the last two. Bruce thought the one with red was too busy. I decided to try the last one which was Grey Weathered stain, Early American stain with a white wash over it. I knew it was going to look fantastic.

I don't know what I did wrong but I didn't get that look at all. It was a disaster. The paint clumped and was too heavy in areas, the stain wasn't rich enough and it just didn't turn out the way I envisioned. Ugh!

It just looks too busy to me. Sigh. Of course, I ran out of time and had to leave it as is for now. Frustrating!!

Have you ever had a look in mind for a project but it didn't work out? I think I'm going to have to sand the door and start over. If all else fails, I'm painting it to match the headboard.