Reclaimed Victorian pine boards restored for a smart, natural, sustainable finish, W1G
A well designed flat with great potential
We love working in central London’s magnificent mansion block apartments. We couldn’t resist taking part in a full refurbishment coordinated by an experienced designer and architect. The furniture was bespoke and fitted with curved doors to blend with the walls and maximise space. With such tasteful care and attention to detail we could see the potential for this to be a striking property. The property already had reclaimed pine floor boards installed onto a soundproofed subfloor. However the owners were not happy with the rough barn-like finish and we were contacted to refinish the floor, get rid of the gaps and correct faults.
Classic period features elegantly presented in the living room.
Restored Victorian pine boards provide a smart, natural finish
Sanding pine boards
We provided extra protection for the bespoke furniture.
The customer understandably wanted extra protection for her bespoke furniture. We used lots of protective layers of white plastic sheets to meticulously cover everything! We were comfortable restoring the old Victorian floor as the boards were well screwed down to the subfloor which left a strong solid wooden floor to work with. We started with sanding to remove the old finish. Pine is a soft wood and needs to be carefully sanded so as not to thin the floor and shorten the lifespan of the floor. We were careful to work on any removable dents and stains on the surface of the wood. There were some remaining deep stains, like the ones caused by rusty nails that go all the way through the boards, and in the end we have to accept they become part of the character of the floor.
Closing the gaps
As the boards were not left to acclimatise before installation and they responded to the moisture content in the room. Moisture in the wood causes it to expand and contract leading to gaps between the boards. We started to fill the gaps with pine slivers glued with pva. We used a flexible filler for the thinner gaps to allow some movements between floor boards. This filler is also easy to top up later as needed.
Visible gaps between the board.
As the wood takes on moisture it expands and contracts, leading to gaps between the boards
We started to fill the gaps with pine slivers.
We secured the slivers with pva glue
The customer wanted to keep the natural look of the pine. After a few colour trials with two different natural oils - Osmo and Blanchon - the customer opted for Osmo Raw with Osmo Polyx oil for the 2nd coat.
Colour trials with two different natural oils - Osmo and Blanchon.
The chosen Osmo oil dries on the floor
The customer was very pleased with the finished result and was delighted her home refurbishment was now complete to such a high standard.
The home refurbishment is now complete to a high standard
Location: London W1G