With the plasterers due to start on Wednesday this week, I am trying to get a protective coat of liquid wax onto the old oak beams. This means that if anything gets spilt on them, then it should simply wipe off. We sand blasted this oak beams when we cleaned the outside stone, so the timber is very absorbent and anything that gets spilt on them will be soaked up straight away.
I really wanted to keep the light colour of the sand blasted oak, but unfortunately everything that I looked at caused the oak to darken. In the end, I have opted to use Osomo PolyX. This seems to get some great reviews and will hopefully protect the timber. It is expensive though and painting all of the timber is time consuming. It looks as if the next two days are going to be spent painting!
This product seems to get rave reviews for protecting wood. Unfortunately, in our case, it does darken the wood down considerably. However, having tried a couple of alternative products, I think that whateve product we used would have darkened the wood. This isn’t cheap (around £60 for a 2.5L tin), but it does go a long way.
The Blanchon oil arrived last week from Peak Oak and I painted a small patch to see what impact it has on the colour of the oak. Just as planned. It is the natural finish, but it did look dark when I painted it on. It takes 6 hours to dry. It hasn’t really lighten up very much as it has dried, so I am in two minds about it. Even leaving it to dry for 3 days hasn’t made that much difference.
I would like to get the oak sealed before the plasterers start any work. Otherwise, there is a chance that we will get plaster (and/or paint) on the oak and it will be very difficult to get off.
The architect is on site tomorrow, so I will seek some guidance before doing anything else.
These all need to be replaced and ideally in cast iron. Surprise, surprise, we have found that there is a cast iron foundry in Holmfirth (just down the road). J & JW Longbottom Ltd seem to produce a wide variety of traditional gutters and rainwater pipes.
The major issue with cast iron is going to be the cost, but it is something that we need to investigate before discounting it. There are other alternatives such as cast aluminium and plastic, but it would be good to use a traditional material if possible. It would also be good to make sure that the gutter put onto the outbuilding matches that used on the main house.
This is just another thing to go on the list of things to do!
It is the Northern Homebuilding and Renovating show this weekend in Harrogate. We are intending to go on Saturday. Never been before. In fact, I have never been to any sort of home show (ideal or otherwise), so it will be interesting to find out more.
Links to the show are here.