Dramatically dark ebony wood oil used for a pine floor restoration project in a Victorian conversion flat in Clapham, SW11

The owners of a large Victorian conversion flat in Clapham were keen to restore their original pine floor. After appreciating Fin Wood’s craftsmanship on Instagram, they soon got in touch to discuss the project. They decisively selected a dramatic dark ebony wood oil to revive their open plan living space. The owners were delighted with our restoration and provided outstanding feedback.
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Instagram customers

This restoration project took place in a lower ground floor flat with high ceilings and many other period features. The flat was one of four spacious flats converted from an impressive Victorian mansion. We were pleased to find out that the customers were admiring instagram followers. After viewing and liking our craftsmanship online, they contacted us to restore their pine floor in an open plan living space.

Stylish open living space with a poorly finished floor #CraftedForLife

Stylish open living space with a poorly finished floor.

Victorian mansion flat in Clapham #CraftedForLife

Victorian mansion flat in Clapham.

Restoring original pine floors

Normally we are reluctant to restore original pine floors as we believe they were designed to be the subfloor. Original pine floors are usually very old and weak, they are likely to have rusted iron nails that stain the floor and sometimes there is a tar border to protect them from rotting (see related blog post for more info). But in this case the owners were looking specifically for a worn, rustic look and they appreciated gaps between the floorboards as character.

Old pine boards need thorough sanding #CraftedForLife

Old pine boards need thorough sanding.

We use top quality tools and materials such as Laegler and Osmo #CraftedForLife

We use top quality tools and materials such as Laegler and Osmo.

Dramatic ebony oil

After closer examination of the floor we found that apart from a few cosmetic repairs it was in a good condition. It had been previously sanded but still had enough thickness for further restoration. After thoroughly sanding the floor we then started to evenly apply the dramatic ebony colour, Osmo oil wood wax ebony 3161. We used a buffing machine to buff the colour oil deep into the grain. We waited for it to dry and applied a final coat of clear satin Osmo polyx oil. We carefully placed the furniture back and enjoyed seeing the space become a home again, just now much more striking.

Applying the first coat of Osmo oil wood wax ebony #CraftedForLife

Applying the first coat of Osmo oil wood wax ebony.

The first coat of oil has been applied to the floor #CraftedForLife

The first coat of oil has been applied to the floor.

The living room before the oil is applied #CraftedForLife

The living room before the oil is applied.

The living room after the oil treatment #CraftedForLife

The living room after the oil treatment.

Outstanding feedback

The owners were delighted with their new floor: “I can't speak highly enough of Alin and his team at Fin Wood. The quality of their work, the timeliness and their attention to detail is simply outstanding. Alin and his team are also a real pleasure to deal with and I truly recommend them without hesitation.”

The finished dining room is totally transformed #CraftedForLife

The finished dining room is totally transformed.

A close up of the striking new floor #CraftedForLife

A close up of the striking new floor.

Location: Clapham, SW11

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