Wednesday, November 9, 2011

Sanding- Part Four Second Coat

Just incase you had forgotten, here is before.

What do you think? I am super thrilled. Once textiles and furniture are added this will help soften the 'starkness' of the first bedroom.

This time yesterday I wasn't particularly thrilled. I was suffering from what I call 'Floor Fever'. This is what happens to people who agonise over each and every detail of the floor application and convince themselves that this was big mistake. Mixed with exhaustion = Floor Fever!

My advice would be to take a step back and get some perspective. As I was told by a friend yesterday you will never be on your hands and knees inspecting the floors like this ever again, so take a step back and see it for what it is in relationship to the whole room scape.

Application.  I have been using a brush to apply the wood wash and muslin to wipe off the excess. This technique works great, however the time that is recommended to wait before you wipe the excess off was accelerated for me as it was a rather hot day in Brisbane yesterday. This happened both to the first coat and the second. Saying this I found that I had to water down my wash in the dispenser a touch as it became quite thick.

Mistakes: When I applied the first coat I followed the instruction religiously. What happened repeatedly was that the wash was drying really fast as I mentioned above, which I thought was ok at the time. I think that this may have contributed to my first coat's 'patchiness' and some of the wood wash getting stuck in the grooves of the floorboards (enter Floor Fever). The first coat is really important to get right, this is mine here, which I was nervous about at the time, as it sets the tone for the later applications. I actually ended up giving my boards three coats to try and minimise the patchiness.

With all this new advice and technique under my wing, I start the next bedroom today!

Talk soon!


  1. Ooooh it looks lovely! Way better than ours - and for a fraction of the cost. Remember it will also soften once you apply the Clearcoat. And when your furniture is down you will never notice any imperfections again. Plus imperfections are what we like THE MOST about things. Woo hoo honey - it looks amazing!!! xx

  2. But Im guessing that you aren't giving up your day job any time soon to start a floor sanding business huh????

  3. Could you please tell me how did your Porters floor wash wear after 2 years ?? Thank you
    Francoise -


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