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Tuesday, November 20, 2012

"Is It Stain Yet???"

I was cleaning out cupboards yesterday and found four bottles of half used vinegar.  So....Stain was started.  Other people would find all that vinegar and make pickles or salad....Nope.  Not me.

I took about a quarter of a roll of steel wool and stuffed it down into the bottle.  Closed the cap.  shook it to make sure that the steel wool was under the liquid.  That's all there was to it.

Tessie showed up three minutes and asked, "It it stain yet?".  It takes a few days, depending on how dark you want it to be. 

She tends to be just a tiny bit impatient....That's her style.
I figured I should do something else to amuse her if I didn't want her asking the same question every seven minutes.

I got out the shingles and did three more rows on the Tudor Wallhouse.

That was enough of that.  Those tiny shingles, tweezers and icky glue are only fun for just so long.  I was into the second hour when I quit. 

Then  I heard from the roof, "Let's go look at the stain!"  By the way.  after I took the photo, I unscrewed the cap and took it outside.  Pressure builds up in the bottle.  Walter was not happy with me when it spilled on the back porch....Can you imagine what it would do to a rug?

My next and last project for the day was working on the tiny table some more.  I decided that the best way to fill in the hole was to call attention to it.

I cut a piece of mat board the same size as the hole.  Using liquid Sculpey as glue, I used slices of a bunch of cains to cover the top. 

Then to add insult to injury, I covered the porcelain knob on the drawer also. 

You will have to enlarge the photo by poking to see what it looks like. 

The last step was to apply a couple of coats of Future Acrylic floor wax. 

I still have to do more patching and refinishing on the wood. but I think that I am going to like it when it's done. 

I hear Tessie yelling from the kitchen, "Is it stain yet?".  I had better go peel her off of the window and get back to work....Now it's the no fun part.  Icky vacuuming.

See you tomorrow.


Idske said...

How small are those shingles? My goodness it's a job, specially with Tessie around. I love the little table, great shape.

Can you leave the stain now or does it need using up within a few days?

Caseymini said...

Idski, I will keep testing the stain until it gets dark enough for what I want to do. It is basically an ageing stain...Kind of gray/brown. It is pretty much the same as the commercial product called "bug juice". After it gets to the color that I want, I will remove the steel wool. Then I will close the bottle and it will keep indefinitely. It usually doesn't last long for me. Once I make it, I find all kinds of things that "need" staining...I will keep showing the test strips and continue until I use the stain.

mcddiss said...

veo que sigues atareada con la limpieza, es algo que en casa nunca acaba, y ese tejado va creciendo poco a poco , me gusta la idea que has tenido para cubrir el agujero, te ha quedado muy bien



Giac said...

Hello Casey,
That tessie is really something! lol. The shingles are coming along great. I know its long and boring, but keep up the great work! it will be worth it.
Vinegar stain...something new to try! Oh, and I love what you did tot he table.
It looks awsome!
Big hug,