Monday, 25 January 2016

Rubbing Down

Before we went skiing a wall needed to be put up between our bedroom and bed 3 before the existing wall can come down, but as normal it didn’t quite end there. Our beams upstairs had been varnished over the years a very dark colour, so after seeing some friends beams and how they had been lightened up, Roger had the urge to rub them down. Out came the drill and the sander, more dust filled the air but what a revelation. We think the wood is beautiful chestnut and rubbing them down had brought out the colour, knots, cracks and even some wooden pegs that I didn’t know were there. Again the urge to do a bit more revealing overtook Roger, but this time around the window. The surrounding stones and the wall had been covered with paint, plaster and cement, which seemed to fall away quite nicely after it was hit with a bolster and hammer SmileWe are going to stop there in this room and move onto ours once the new wall has gone up, so we will finish this room at a later date.
Bed 3 Beams
Beams before.
Bed 3 3
The varnish coming off.
Bed 3 1
What a difference, so much lighter.
Bed 3 2
Mucky work.
Bed 3 4
Starting on the other side of the room.
Bed 3 5
Chipping off the plaster and cement.
Bed 3 6
Some stones revealed.

11 comments:

  1. What a difference. It is looking great, all that hard work has paid off. Well done to you both. Xx

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    1. Still a long way to go, but we love seeing the differences with the changes we've made x

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  2. Super. What a difference it makes.Well done. xx

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    1. Looking forward to sanding the rest of the beams, but not looking forward to the dust x

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  3. Our beams upstairs were black as well and sanding them down made a huge difference. We were told to oil them though, I can't remember why, but I found out after not to get too close to the wall with the oil!! The stone work also looks good. We have a lot of updating to do but we need warmer days and sunlight!! Have a good week Diane xx

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    1. I'll have to find out about oiling the beams. It's getting lighter and the weather here has been so warm. Just hope it continues x

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  4. I know all about sanding beams, in particular the amount of dust that's made. We have one room left downstairs which needs to have its beams sanded...no varnish on them, just the original colour they were when the were bought from the local wood mill. Lester keeps putting off sanding them though, and after the amount of beams he has had to sand already, I don't blame him!

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    1. I'm itching to do the beam on the landing but it's full of furniture at the moment and I don't want them covered in dust. Once the new wall is up we can move the furniture back in, then I can get sanding. Not bored with it yet but I can imagine why Lester is x

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  5. Well what a transformation, looking good, but a lot of hard craft, love the face masks.
    So looking forward to seeing all in June. Graham brought some oil for our unit, which enhances the details of the wood and now looks brand new. Its called Danish oil, from screw fix and wickes. xx

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    1. The masks are so attractive, trouble is when I wear one, my glasses steam up. Thanks for the tip about the oil. We haven't decided on whether to oil them or to leave them natural x

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  6. Looking great guys. What a difference. So glad all your hard work is paying dividends:) xx

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