Thursday, 16 July 2015

Finishing the pine floor

The flooring being used here is the cheapest of the real wood floor range but, with a bit of a treatment, comes up nicely for a pine floor in a house.



Left side is the naked wood as you buy it; right side is one coat of satin finish varnish.  When it is bone dry de-nib it with one of the fine sanding things I showed you in a previous post.  You must do this with every piece of wood you ever paint or varnish if you want a decent finish.

I then repeated this, i.e. a coat of varnish, an overnight dry, then de-nib.  At the end of that I went over it with my favourite mid-tan shoe polish to soften the colour and to put some 'dirt' between the boards.


Here's the finished job in the children's den.  I can put the doors in place when I have done the floor next door.  I can fit the coving to 'tidy' the ceiling join when I've painted it.  The skirting boards always need to be left until the eleventh hour because sometimes you might want a built-in cupboard or a piece of furniture that you don't want sticking away from the wall and it is a pig (like in real life) hacking out something from that or trying to hack out the skirting for a neat fit.  So just be patient and be sure how much of it you want where.  

Handy tip:  floorboards generally run away from the doors.  Not easy when you have several doors into a room.  Absolutely your choice but I like them this way and I like them running across my house, not front to back.

3 comments:

  1. The floor has come up really nicely ~ just goes to show that with a bit of patience and elbow-grease, the "cheaper" ranges can look really good.

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    1. It really is simple and quick to do other than the usual waiting for it to dry and, as you say gives a good result. You could use a wtaer based quick dry varnish like mine but with a colour in and that looks lovely. These boards also paint up beautifully with the Cuprinol shades paint. All round food egg. marilyn

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    2. For food egg read good egg! Don't you just love iPad on lap typing...

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