Oak chevron parquet expertly restored and refinished in exclusive Fulham Lion house, SW6

This classic terraced town house located in Fulham’s exclusive Lion estate was fully refurbished a few years ago. But the customers were never happy with the colour of the oak chevron parquet fitted by their builder. We were contracted to expertly refinish the floor to a lighter colour much closer to the customer’s preference.
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This classic terraced town house located in Fulham’s exclusive Lion estate was fully refurbished a few years ago by the current owners. But the customers were never happy with the colour of the oak chevron parquet fitted by their builder in the large living room, entrance hallway and downstairs toilet. We were contracted to expertly refinish the floor to a lighter colour much closer to the customer’s preference.

Newly restored oak chevron parquet refinished to a lighter colour #CraftedForLife

Newly restored oak chevron parquet refinished to a lighter colour.

This restoration projection was located in Fulham’s exclusive Lion estate #CraftedForLife

This restoration projection was located in Fulham’s exclusive Lion estate.

Unexpectedly dark finish

The parquet seemed to be fitted to a reasonable standard but the finish did not meet the customers expectations. They retold how shocked they were when they returned from holiday to find a much deeper, darker colour that was too dark to see the grain pattern. Despite high ceilings and a large feature window the floor absorbed all the light in the north facing reception room. We were contracted to refinish the floor to a lighter colour much closer to the customer’s preference. After a closer inspection of the floor we found it had been aggressively sanded and we were concerned not too much wood was left for another round of sanding.

When the customers returned from holiday the floor was much darker than expected #CraftedForLife

When the customers returned from holiday the floor was much darker than expected.

The dark floor absorbed the light in the north facing reception room making the room seem darker and colder #CraftedForLife

The dark floor absorbed the light in the north facing reception room making the room seem darker and colder.

Sanding and refinishing

We chose our tools carefully with the limited thickness of the floor in mind. We used the Laegler Trio Sander set on a fine sanding level. The Trio has flexible sanding plates which we used to sand the low points of the floor without removing too much thickness. We were happy to be able to use our tools and expertise to achieve a smooth, scratch free surface. After we successfully sanded the floor we created live samples straight onto the freshly sanded floor to give the customer the best view of the colour options. We selected a strategic spot for the samples with an even amount of light. The family discussed the options, made a decision and we proceeded to apply the colour.

We chose our tools carefully with the limited thickness of the floor in mind #CraftedForLife

We chose our tools carefully with the limited thickness of the floor in mind.

The Trio has flexible sanding plates which we used to gently sand the low points of the floor #CraftedForLife

The Trio has flexible sanding plates which we used to gently sand the low points of the floor.

We created live samples to give customer the best view of the colour options #CraftedForLife

We created live samples to give customer the best view of the colour options.

 We selected a strategic spot for the samples with an even amount of light #CraftedForLife

We selected a strategic spot for the samples with an even amount of light.

Taking care of special items of furniture

The customers helpfully cleared away smaller delicate pieces of furniture and we carefully  moved larger pieces into the next door dining room. We were mindful of protecting quality furniture and bespoke sliding doors.

We were mindful of protecting quality furniture and the bespoke sliding doors #CraftedForLife

We were mindful of protecting quality furniture and the bespoke sliding doors.

We carefully moved larger pieces into the next door dining room #CraftedForLife

We carefully moved larger pieces into the next door dining room.

The customers were very happy with their newly refinished floors.

Oak chevron parquet expertly restored and refinished in exclusive Fulham Lion house #CraftedForLife

Oak chevron parquet expertly restored and refinished in exclusive Fulham Lion house #CraftedForLife

Oak chevron parquet expertly restored and refinished in exclusive Fulham Lion house #CraftedForLife

Oak chevron parquet expertly restored and refinished in exclusive Fulham Lion house #CraftedForLife

Location: Fulham, SW6

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