A lion house with a tired oak floor proudly restored and finished with Osmo oil, Fulham SW6

Our customers had recently moved into a prestigious Victorian ‘Lion House’ in Fulham. The house already had wide oak engineered planks however over the years with little maintenance it had become damaged. We were able to thoroughly sand and oil the floor to match the customers’ preferred colour.
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A lion house with a tired floor

Our customers had recently moved into a five bedroom ‘Lion House’ situated within the prestigious Peterborough Estate in Fulham. Terracotta lions gaze proudly down from the rooftops of these Victorian townhouses built in 1899 by architect J Nicholls. The house had already been tastefully renovated by previous owners and had a decent oak floor laid throughout, wide oak engineered planks. However over the years there had been very little maintenance and it was significantly damaged in some areas. We were asked by the customers to assess the state of the ground floor as they understandably wanted to consider repairing and restoring if possible. The ground floor comprises of a large extended open plan living, kitchen dining space which leads onto the south facing garden. The floor was engineered with a 3mm top layer of oak although it was a 20mm thick board.

We restored wide oak engineered planks #CraftedForLife

We restored wide oak engineered planks.

This project was in a five bedroom ‘Lion House’ situated within the prestigious Peterborough Estate in Fulham #CraftedForLife

This project was in a five bedroom ‘Lion House’ situated within the prestigious Peterborough Estate in Fulham.

A good sanding solution

The only solution was to sand the floor. It had deep dents and we had to sand the floor quite deeply leaving only one further light sand available. We recommended the floor should be finished with oil rather than lacquer as oiled floors allow for reoiling in the future which will help extending the floor lifespan. Whereas lacquered floors are harder to repair and often leave noticeable marks. We noticed heavy wear areas such as in front of the cooker or sink. We recommended more frequent reoiling in those particular areas.  It’s a very simple process: using  a rubber glove and a lint free cloth to simply rub in the oil. We used Osmo oil wood wax and polyx oil.

The customers cleared away their personal items but asked us to move the larger heavier items such as the dining table. We carefully moved it to the patio outside with secure tarpaulin sheets to keep it dry.

We finished the floor restoration with an application of Osmo oil #CraftedForLife

We finished the floor restoration with an application of Osmo oil.

We carefully moved larger items of furniture to the patio with secure tarpaulin sheets to keep it dry #CraftedForLife

We carefully moved larger items of furniture to the patio with secure tarpaulin sheets to keep it dry.

Choosing the perfect colour

We prepared samples of different colours with the customers and discussed their preferences. Once they chose a colour, we sanded the floor and prepared a live sample patch so the customers were aware and happy with the final colour. The customers temporarily moved out for the application of the oil - as they would have either been stranded upstairs or outside while the floor was wet! The customers soon returned home and were very happy with the end result.

Live colour sample patches #CraftedForLife

Live colour sample patches.

The customers trusted us to move their expensive and very heavy dining table #CraftedForLife

The customers trusted us to move their expensive and very heavy dining table.

The ground floor has a seamless transition to the garden patio #CraftedForLife

The ground floor has a seamless transition to the garden patio.

The house has a lovely mature garden with large bifold doors leading onto the newly restored floor #CraftedForLife

The house has a lovely mature garden with large bifold doors leading onto the newly restored floor.

Location: Fulham SW6

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