Our Home  “Beaver” has now entered week 3 of renovation & as you know from the last blog we only have the bucket lift for 4 weeks so we are on a strict deadline.

Beaver - end of week 2

You probably will know the next line before I write it - It’s taking longer than we thought !

Big Surprise! but we are making great progress. We have had some rain which has slowed down things & I am very thankful we do not have any gyp-rock anywhere as torrential rain has had water teaming through the roof in a few places.

Dave & our son-in-law Seth have been doing most of the work. I have been support staff as I had to move my step mother-in-law last week & this week I am up on PEI Canada visiting family& taking our youngest Colleen to the airport. Colleen flies back to Vancouver BC tomorrow.

We are really happy with our choice of  stain colour – Woodguard Tamarack penetrating oil & Behrs barn red solid stain on the trim.

We  agonized for months about:

  • The pros & cons of a penetrating oil vs latex stain. We chose the penetrating oil.
  • The Color. We tested about 15 different stains trying to find one we agreed on & one that would match the barn red trim stain. We are extremely happy with the result.

The oil goes on amazing well & easy. You apply to the point of refusal. We have been putting the stain on with a long nap roller til the siding won’t take any more stain & then back brushing it. It is a beautiful rich finish. A two coat system – one coat now then another coat in 2-4 years depending on how much weather the building sees. We were fortunate that we were applying the stain to rough cut pine boards, if the boards were planed, we would have had to prep the wood & open up the pores in order for the oil to penetrate.

We choose  solid stain for the trim as we need to stain over some existing brown trim & the Behr premium stain does a good cover up.

The one problem with this renovation is that we are glued to Greenville for the month. The bucket lift cost $$$ so we need to take advantage. I had really wanted to go to the North Atlantic Blues Festival this weekend on the Maine coast but we have work to do….

Okay don’t feel too bad for us – we live in “vacation land” & the lake is at our door step


I love the Blues – next year for sure!

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