"I actually like the white.
I am just about done building my wifes kitchen, and she said she wanted a softer antique white this time around (the last kitchen was natural wood). She just wanted simple shaker style flat panel overlays with slab…"
"I painted and then did crackle...on some and then not on others. Sort of mixed it up a bit. I'll post a pic. The problem with crackle...it's hard to know when to quit! My hubby finally had to say...step away from the crackle dear. I did…"
"We've been using polyurathane and it does darken over time, which was a good thing in my book, as I didn't really want the lighter, pale looking wood ( but also am very picky about stains) . The clear ends up a nice color with a warm glow…"
"Just a few bits of info... Our home has low humidity b/c we use an indoor wood stove and Our lower quality windows do "sweat" - I assure you this is not due to the humidity in our home.
I don't know about pella windows specificlly,…"
"Kudos to you ! After all is said and done, it feels great to be a part of the process... We hired no one (and are not contractors by profession), purchased no kit (cut down some trees !) and still made it through somehow ! We just did a lot of…"
"I really like green or burgundy painted cabinets with a log home.
Painted cabinets make a log home often feel even more cozy. I have thought about doing painted cabinets myself but hubby just won't hear of it."
Hi all... We've just installed some used kitchen cabinets that will need painting - the dilemma of coarse is the color ... I see many pictures of flat black cupboards in log homes that look relatively acceptable, but I'd rather find something that I like even more. I see that there are zillions of pictures on here but I have dialup - so cannot sift through them very efficiently. Anyone here have some pics on thier profile of painted cabinets and feel that they have found a really nice color…See More
"Hi :) I was thinking of slate tiles... They are a stone like tile that would be more cozy in a log home as opposed to ceramic. They do have to be sealed I believe to protect them from moisture, maybe something you should check at the local building…"
Hi Summer, We built out first log home (also in PA) with green logs. Ours were treated with borate after milling. They were 8" round with double T&G. We also used a thru-bolt method. We did not wait an entire year before treating. We stacked the logs in the summer and before the winter got too bad (a nice spell in late November) we treated the exterior of the house with Woodguard. It turned out fine. We left in interior untreated so the logs could still breathe for a good while longer. That first winter once we got our HVAV running, the logs really began to dry. We had a humidifer on our heating system and HIGHLY recommend one. That first winter, crank it up. We selected the Woodguard after running our own experiment. We obtained samples of products and treated a log piece the winter before we built. We threw the log piece out on our deck and let it there all winter, through the rain, sleet, and snow. In the spring we cut slices off the sample. Woodguard and Sikkens protected the log the best, so we selected Woodguard ('cause at that time it was less expensive). Our logs shrank a total of 2.5" over the 10' wall, so each log really only shrank a fraction. Make sure you leave speace above your doors and windows for shrinkage. Also, make sure you atached your interior walls in such a way so they can "move" as your home dries. If you have further questions, you can get our contact info on our web site and give us a call. Building our first log home was the coolest project. We enjoyed it so much, we are now dealers and do this all the time. Good Luck. www.ccloghomes.com