Monday, 10 January 2011
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.