Well, it's been a while since I've posted...time sure flies! Seems like just last week it was Christmas! Then came New Year's Eve and our much-awaited holiday to Malta! We spent a wonderful week enjoying the sun and exploring this beautiful island! Rich in culture and history, Malta was an experience that we'll never forget!! Pictures will follow, I promise!!!!
After we got back, it was time to get some work done!!! A while back, we removed all of the carpets in the living-room and dining rooms, all three layers of them! Under the carpets, we discovered these wonderful old planks. Built in 1930, our old farm-house has seen lots of changes, but the old floors were thankfully still intact and just needed a good refinishing. So we rented a floor-sander....well, actually, two of them!!!!
We sanded three times with varying grades of sand-paper, finally ending up with a smooth finish. The planks were quite warped, from over 80 years of wear and tear! This process took the better part of a whole day!
Next, we applied the "lud", or lye soap that they use extensively here in Scandinavia. It is a natural product and gives the wood a nice, light nuance, instead of the rather dark shade that varathane eventually turns into.
After the "lud", or lye soap, has dried for five hours, a layer of white pigment protective oil is applied with a scouring brush. This oil is derived from plants and is non-toxic. After aproximately 15 minutes, it can be removed with a soft cloth, polishing the planks in the direction of the grain. After 7 days, the floor should be fully dry and hardened and you're left with a gorgeous finish that repels water and dirt. Maintenance consists of washing with a special soap, made by the manufacturer, Faxe.
Now, on to painting the moldings and window sills! Oh, and maybe I should sew some new curtains....!!!
Sigh......being a home-owner is a never-ending job!!!
All the best!