Instagram Email me!
I wrote a book! If you've ever wanted to learn a bit more about creating recipes, this series is designed for you. The first book focuses on cookies, because who doesn't love cookies?
Available now on Kindle.

Monday, 10 January 2011

An Oily Task



I've spent this weekend applying Danish oil to pieces of oak, ready for our carpenter to fit over the course of the week. It's a bit of a messy job (the oil is really sticky) but I quite enjoy it anyway. If nothing else, I like to feel as if I'm contributing something to getting our house ready - my husband has been spending so much time painting, that it's nice to find something I can do to help! It's also great to watch the wood go from its dull natural shade to the warm and glowing colours that you expect to see in finished furniture.

I have to confess that I'm not naturally suited to following instructions which tell me to "apply liberally and wipe off the excess" - given a choice, I'd prefer to apply with extreme thrift, panicking if I waste a drop. It reminds me of those shampoo instructions to "rinse and repeat" - I'm just skeptical when any manufacturer tells me how I should be using more of their product! However, in this case I know I need to override my natural tendencies in order to make sure I get a good amount of oil soaked into the wood. Especially as it's oak, which isn't the most absorbant of woods.

The house is progressing day by day - we should have carpets by the end of the month, and then I'll take some pictures of the story so far.

8 comments:

mub said...

I quite like Danish oil... and it really does work better if you apply liberally and wipe off the excess. I speak from experience *L*

liliannattel said...

I've never used oil, except on a cutting board, but I like the sound of it.

Chef E said...

I did that once, key word, once- I am the same as you, skeptical of those instructions...

Ginny said...

I'm convinced the rinse and repeat is to get you to buy more shampoo. Can't wait to see the pictures! That picture of you on the sidebar smiling is just the cutest!!!

purplume said...

I am like that too. I'd rather apply scantily then add more if needed. I blame it on my depression era mother. XD

Louiz said...

Sounds good, do we get a pic of the furniture when it's done? A friend of mine has oiled oak furniture and she said that her cats just love the smell of the oil when she was oiling it. Apparently cats and oil really don't mix very well!

Scientific Housewife said...

I've never used that before but it sounds good!

The Blonde Duck said...

I can't wait to see what your house looks like!

Post a Comment

Thanks for dropping in! I'd love to hear what you have to say, and if you leave a URL, I'll be round to visit you soon. (Comment moderation is on because the spam has become overwhelming!)

Related Posts Plugin for WordPress, Blogger...