Thursday, March 23, 2017

Stain Regret

Good Morning!

In with a post to show that sometimes those DIY projects just don't turn out the way you hoped.  Sometimes Pinterest lies to you.  And sometimes you don't follow your first instinct because you think you should be more practical.  For instance, I really wanted to paint the stairs white, all white with a carpet runner.  But after many conversations with Mr. Windmill we decided to stain the treads and paint the rest white.

Like this:
Kara Herbert Interiors

After taping off all the parts that I didn't want to stain I got to work.  The funny thing is, I pretty much knew the minute I saw the first tread stained, I didn't like it.  But I tried to tell myself not to be so rash.  I finished the project and pretended that my newly stained treads would grow on me.  
But they didn't... 
By dinner time I was doubtful...
By bedtime I hated them...

This is now Plan B (minus the cute little doggy).
credit for this image...Lovelee Pea

I am going to paint everything white!  Like I wanted to do in the first place.  And then I will be on the hunt for the perfect stair runner so I don't slip and fall and break my neck (or a hip at my age..) Today is my birthday...gulp...the big 44!

My To Do List For Today 
Return the polyurethane (no need for that now)
Purchase some more sandpaper 
Purchase a big ol' can of shellac based primer to cover up the ugly.  

Now for the ugly.  
The pictures seem to mask a lot of the hideousness. 

Stay strong all you DIY'ers!  We are on this ride together.  
(some of us longer than others...uh, like 3 years but whatev')

Love and Blessings!


  1. Nice slipper. :) A true DIYer in her slippers. I feel your pain and your paint. It will be worth it in the end. You will make it work. I have faith in you. Just remember, there will always be more paint and sandpaper and remover (if needed).

    1. That is funny you say about my slipper. I almost used a different pic because I didn't want the slipper in the shot. But this pic shows the most truth. Bought the primer. I just have to wait 5-7 days for the stain to dry out before attempting to paint over!