We've taken a short break from the family room (more on that shortly) to begin work on one of our girl's bedrooms. There were bare floorboards in this room but they were (hurrah!) in pretty good condition but needed a lot of work in the looks department.
The dirt and grime that builds up on floorboards over years and years and years is not scrubbable offable (Oh, how I wish it was!!) so we hired a sander but if you're in the same boat as us, and I know many of you are, then please listen carefully. To keep the character of your floorboards in tact, go easy on the sanding. You don't under any circumstances whatsoever want to remove the beautiful patina that has taken, in our case, hundreds of years to build up.
You see, older floorboards usually end up with a bow shape, rather than being flat and smooth like new boards. If you sand this shape away then you'll also be sanding away what makes your floorboards unique. Sand away the top point of this bow, by all means, but leave the overall shape in place. The beauty of the floorboards won't show at this point but, if you follow my instructions, all will become clear....
One of the biggest challenges you'll face is finding a suitable, hard-wearing finish in a NON-ORANGE shade!! I was hoping for the final colour to reflect the gorgeous old age of the floorboards, rather than the feel of newly installed cheap pine, which SOOOOO many of options we looked at had until, until, UNTIL....we stumbled upon Osmo Polyx-Oil in Terra.
Below is an image of four different finishes we tested. Osmo Polyx-Oil in Terra is the shade on the top left. Can you see how it has highlighted the grain in a darker shade? It's this feature that had me totally sold!
I started off applying the Polyx Oil (which is described as an oil-wax combination but goes on as easily as a varnish) with a brush but ended up using a sponge to get the precise application I was after.
After applying one coat of the Osmo Terra Polyx Oil, we were left with this....
(Can you see how the colour clings more to the unsanded areas? This is what will give you gorgeous colour variation in your end product.)
The next day, we applied a oat of Osmo Polyx Oil in Clear Satin. This is available in more shiny or less shiny versions but this is my favourite look! - I wanted it to feel as though we'd managed to find genuinely old period floorboards in incredible condition and Clear Satin gives that look.
The Osmo Poly-Oil in Clear Satin was, again, easy-peasy-lemon-squeezy to apply and enhances the colour of the Terra brilliantly, adding a rich, mellow warmth. Simply give your brush a good dip in the tin....
Wipe it one way across the floorboards and then the other way to spread off the excess on both sides, like this:
...and then go over that area with your brush, backwards and forwards, to give a thorough, even coverage. This is not rocket science but will reward you with arm muscles the like of which you've never seen!!
While it's drying, the Osmo Polyx-Oil looks pretty glossy but panic not!...that gorgeous Clear Satin finish will emerge, like a butterfly from its chrysalis!
Yes, my Modern Country friends, your caterpillar floors are in for a transformational treat!!
This is the second room we've used this combination of Osmo Poly Oil in Terra, followed by Clear Satin, and I'd use it again in a flash!
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