So the end has finally come. Above is our empty living room and also a close up of the tone and opacity of wash we achieved with Porters Paints Wood Wash. I am absolutely thrilled! Click here and here and here and here to see the progress, or just search within my blog for floor sanding. If you are thinking about doing this yourself here are my top 5 tips for white washing your floors yourself.
Im sure you will be seeing more of these floors in up coming posts!
Make sure you have appropriate time allocated in your calendar to do this. It is no weekender job. Things always ‘pop up’, work, social etc which will extend your allocated time line. If you are doing your entire house pack things up as though you are moving house and prepare for ultimate discomfort. Pack a suitcase for your work clothes, so it is easy to get dressed and go to work like a normal person. I would also have a couple of frozen meals in the freezer too. No one will feel like cooking.
Good Sanding Preparation is vital; I hired a professional floor sander and edger, and I also used an orbital sander and a mouse to get into the tricky little corners. Also, don’t be tight on the sanding belts and pads, buy up big in grits of 60, 80 and 120′s, you can always return them if you don’t use them. Nothing worse than running out on a Saturday afternoon when you have hired a piece of machinery and the hardware store is closed….. (yes, that did happen to me)
Humidity plays a large part in the opacity of the wood wash. Obviously Queensland is very humid and I had to adjust my coats accordingly. If you think the paint is a little thick, then just add water, if you add too much water, add a bit more paint. I found I had to work fast with this product as my wood was very thirsty.
The application itself is more like french polishing, not so much as the instructions infer ‘wiping off excess’. I found I would wipe off excess, though at the same time be rubbing the product into the grain and blending the brush strokes out with muslin. Always use muslin and go plank by plank.
As I mentioned in one of my previous posts I was concerned about lines that had become apparent in my application. My application (two to three coats in places) also appeared a ‘little dust like’ sounds weird though that is the only way to describe it. All of these concerns disappeared as soon as the first coat of Porter’s Clearcote was applied. The Clearcote seems to settle the wood wash and enhance the visibility of the grain. We applied three coats of this.
Finally! It is ‘Moving Back In Day’!….. not that we actually ever moved out mind you (i think we should of)…. more along the lines of everything we own being packed up, shoved, stacked and quickly thrown in the excited anticipation of having white washed floors.
Between you and I, this has taken longer than expected. I think I should of prepared a bit more, packed a little neater, perhaps even made some meals in advance, as life here has been completely thrown into absolute chaos since I started the floors a whole month ago!
Apologies to friends for cancelling get togethers last minute, apologies to people at Timothy O’s work place who I’m sure have been puzzled by some of the outfit choices he has pulled together lately and apologies to our neighbours, who probably have no idea what we are doing as usual, though perhaps think we have gone all ‘hillbilly’ and prefer to have our furniture outside.
See, I told you I had found some great little pieces didn’t I…..
Two little turned legged wash tables! So practical and useful and not to mention beautiful! Could be used in the kitchen, hallway or even the bedroom. One in white with original casters and the other in the most gorgeous shade of ‘eau de nil’ with an original marble top. All from Travelling Wares at the Jan Power’s Farmer’s Markets at the Powerhouse tomorrow! We even deliver locally, how nice is that!
From left to right
Bentwood Chair: $65
Old White Hotel-ware Jug: $22
Stack of Six White Plates: $55
Various English Pudding Bowls ranging from $10 to $40
Stack of Four White Side Plates: $18
Stack of Four White Plates: $32
Single Serving English White Plate: $15
Single White Polish Serving Bowl: $15
Large and Heavy White Mixing bowl with Spout: $42
Various Wooden Spoons: $5
Wooden Rolling Pin: $15
White Table with Turned Legs on Casters: $140
‘Eau de Nil’ table with Turned Legs, original Marble Top and Shaped Base: $215
Old Large Basket with handles, ideal for washing, toys or fire wood. $55
It is always a good day when I come across a dependable favourite.
Sourcing these large old white mixing bowls is always exhilarating! Seriously – I get so excited! Don’t let that high stack fool you though, they aren’t common and can be rather difficult to find!
Naturally these old heavy girls know cake batter like no one else…however I use mine for all sorts of things, most regularly for salads and pastas… and she looks very pretty filled with cherries come Christmas time too!
If you want one, you know where we will be on Saturday!
Almost forgot to show you what I received from Timothy O for my birthday!
A Juju Hat.
These spectacular headdresses are traditionally worn by the village chief in the Cameroon region of Africa for special tribal festivities. Rooster feathers are gathered and woven onto a raffia fibre base to display a beautiful oversized circle, which can also be folded up for easy transport – not that mine is going anywhere; I think it looks right at home in the living room!