Wednesday, August 10, 2011

Guess what this is?

Guess what this is, before you continue to read! 

I've written before about my fascination with old barns and I love the brown and grey color they get. When we built our smaller cottage for the teenagers (they were younger when we started) and guests that are visiting us, we built it with timber. That project took some years so the timber became natural grey and we have only painted the wind panels and window frames blue.  On the porch we also have some furnitures that have transformed to grey because we have been too lazy, but I think they could need some kind of protection to live longer. 


Three years ago we built a new outhouse as we don't have the facilities as water closet.... But we wanted that it should blend in the other buildings even if it had panel and not timber. So we decided to use  copperas (iron sulfate) which is a way to get the wood look older. We had planed to paint it the first summer but things came between..... So the wood have started to became grey by itself.

But this summer we finally became chemists and mixed the products and finally painted the walls. Times will make the wood grayer but If you look carefully you can see a little difference already.


The chemistry mix on the first photo:

white- iron sulfate
blue - copper sulfate
brown - silver stain


Ms. Becky said...

oh my, what a charming getaway you have there! I wouldn't have been able to guess what those first colors were. and yes, I can see the difference in the before and after photos. I love the weathered color of the wood. it's beautiful Ella. how blessed you are to have this cottage. I hope you're having a lovely week Ella.

JMW said...

I never what have guessed what was in the first photo! I thought "Is that blue sand??" I can see the difference between the two photos. I love the combination of the blue and gray. :)

Arti said...

Hi Ella,
I could not guess what was there in the first pic!!
And what a fabulous getaway you have over there, loved the colors...
Have a wonderful weekend:)

Jill from Killeny Glen said...

A beautiful combination of color with the gray! LOVELY!