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Painting floorboards white

By Mrs Danvers

Painting floorboards white

Achieving that New England feeling can be done one of two ways, our housekeeping and decorating expert explains the methods

Dear Mrs Danvers, I am an avid reader of your column, and a few months back, you advised on treating wooden floorboards. We have old pine floorboards here, which I have, twice, had sanded and varnished. The last time was about five years ago, and, although they look great for a while, time takes its toll and now I would like to go for the slightly bleached/Nantucket look. The varnish has more or less gone, and I was wondering if I could paint them a sort of on-and-off dove-grey, and then let time take its course? Have you any ideas how I should achieve this effect, perhaps more professionally?

Your Nantucket look, in fact, started in Scandinavia, where they have a passion for painting everything floors, furniture, exteriors in the lightest, softest colours possible in order to maximise the daylight. Eva Johnson (01638 731362) imports Trip Trap Scandinavian wood-care products, which are designed to protect and colour floors.

The work involved is quite complex. To start with, you will need lye, which bleaches and removes yellow from the wood; then Master Oil sealant, in white, which effectively varnishes the wood with a soft, off-white glaze; and white soap which cleans and re-whitens the boards. Many people don't bother with the Master Oil, but simply use the lye first, and then the white soap, which is also a sealant. Eva Johnson will send a leaflet with advice on what to use on which woods, and will then mail order the products you choose to you.

An alternative, which will give you a painted floor rather than a distressed whiteness, is to use Farrow & Ball's floor paints (01202 876141; www.farrow-ball.com) in one of its many off-white shades. This is an easier process we have just done two rooms here involving only painting. It seems to be lasting well, but it doesn't have the soft, lived-in look that I think you want.

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Comments

SandraRubart

Hi

I'm about to paint my entire house and now choosing appropriate colors.
Found program to pick painting colors right on the photos of interior
or house facade, here's link : http://www.housepaintcolorschemes.com

Think it will help you too.

And by the way, if you wish to exchange photos in the format of this program,
please write me at: greensandra DOG gmx DOT com

Cheers,
Sandra

SandraRubart

Hi

I'm about to paint my entire house and now choosing appropriate colors.
Found program to pick painting colors right on the photos of interior
or house facade, here's link : http://www.housepaintcolorschemes.com

Think it will help you too.

And by the way, if you wish to exchange photos in the format of this program,
please write me at: greensandra DOG gmx DOT com

Cheers,
Sandra

proscarman

Anyone have where I might few Proscar?

Dr O.S. van Hees, MD, PhD

Indeed you see very often that varnish comes off pine floorboards. This is caused by the fact that pine is a soft wood and, sadly, in most case people varnish their pine (or othet soft wood-) floorboards with a varnish that is for hard wood. Hard wood is not elastic and so is that varnish neither.
If you decide to varnish a pine floor, ask for a varnish that is special for soft wood. It is elastic and moves with the wood.
A good yacht varnish will also do, but oh-oh, those high heels......

I do hope I could be of a little help.

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