Two and a bit years ago, when we first started working on this house, one of the very first things that we did was to replace the wooden floor in the room that will be our kitchen. It was very dangerous as many of the planks were rotten and walking across it was very dicey. However the planks were the original flooring, and were wide and we could see had potential. So we sorted out those that could be recuperated from those that were beyond repair. We managed to keep roughly a third, cousin Jonty then proceeded to remove and nails and metal from them and we put them aside. Then a year later we started to work on them, firstly they needed to be run through the thickneser several times, our Swedish workaways helped with that.
Again they were put to the side for a rainy day. Well that day has come and we have been working on them again, and boy are they taking a lot of work! These planks are huge, 4m long, very wide and very thick. So firstly Chris had to chop off the tongue and grove which was caked with 250 years of filth!! They will be glued down so thankfully the tongue and grove does not need to be redone. Next we have been slicing them into two across the width, as they are far, far thicker then we needed and by doing this we will have double the amount. However they are so old, and the wood is so hard it is a mammoth task! We had to get a special blade in for the saw and after ten boards the blade is already blunt and we have ordered another and are looking to get this one sharpened! The other day it took me three hours to cut 4 planks! There are 40 in total…….
A labour of love. However they will look stunning in the entrance way of the house. These are things that would be very hard to buy, today planks tend to be skinny, we have struggled to find any wider than 9cm and they cost a fortune. These were about 20cm wide, before we cut the edges off, and 4cm thick. Renovating is never an easy option, and it isn’t necessarily cheap, when you count the blades, the electricity, the man hours and then the glue and the oil, we are still talking about hundreds and hundreds of euros! I guess it why so many people throw out the old and buy new, but they already look fabulous so I know ultimately it will be the right decision!
We are also revamping some pine boards that we were given by Mark. These are not beautiful but they have a nice width and will be painted and were free. Depending on wastage, we are hoping to have enough for both our bedroom and the front bedroom. Yesterday I thicknesed them down, but they too will need the edges cleaned up.
So even with all this free wood we still have to spend 600€ on glue and 140€on paint and 200€ on oil!!