11x15 cabin build part 4

As you can see, the pine logs have a yellow color. Over time this could weather to a lighter gray color but I wanted the cabin to be a darker color and have the look of an old cabin. 

before stain

I chose this stain from Home Depot. The instructions say to mix it thoroughly. I found that if you do not mix it at all, the color when the can is full will be fairly light and then when you get to the bottom of the can, the color will be much darker since the pigment has settled there.

tahoma brown stain can

The next three photos show the sequence I used to get the "old  log look" that I was after.

The first coat is rolled on using stain from a full unmixed can of stain. If the can has been sitting for a long time, most of the pigment will be combined into almost a paste at the bottom of the can so it isn't really disturbed when the stain is poured into a roller pan. I used standard paint rollers to apply this first coat.

When the can was nearly empty, I used a paint brush dipped in the heavy pigment and randomly brushed on some streaks. No need to wait for the first coat to dry although it doesn't hurt to.

I then used the same brush to soften the streaks. The key is to maintain contrast. If it is over done, the logs will look too uniform.

Here you can see the entire wall after getting the two tone stain treatment.

Next comes the chinking. 

I used Log Jam on this cabin. 

Foam backer rod is wedged into the gaps. I had various diameters 1/2", 1"...
Where the gap was large, I used pipe insulation as the backer.

Chinking applied in about 2 feet of the gaps.

A light spray of water.

Smoothing with a bent putty knife.

Starting to look like a finished cabin!



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