Thursday, March 20, 2008

A surprise

Wheelhouse floorThis has to be one of the most unexpected surprises of the varnishing experiment.

The original wooden floor of the wheelhouse has always seemed to be a bit damp, until I installed the central heating system.

The floor is usually covered with a bit of carpet, an offcut from elsewhere, so the state of it is not really visible.

At one point I had some varnish left over in the pot I was using, so decided to 'run it out' on the now dry wheelhouse floor.

The result, particularly where I've given it a second coat, is astonishing.

That's with no preparation at all. With some serious sanding that wooden floor could look wonderful.


  1. Anonymous9:24 PM

    Pine will over time go a rich redish brown, this is caused by amonia in the air, if you sand the floor you will loose the colour, antique dealers have a way of making new wood look like old, it involves brushing the wood with a certain bodily fluid, if you can stand the smell, or know of another way of administering amonia.

  2. Sometimes it's the simple things that are the most pleasing


  3. Anonymous6:13 PM

    Ahh yes. Anonymous must be referring to the brazillian pisswood tree!

  4. Hi Anonymous

    Thanks for that ... I think.


  5. Hi Andrew

    Yup - I agree completely.



  6. Anonymous2:54 PM,
    this is a way to darken wood, I was under the impression that it only worked on pine, this web site says otherwise.