Monday, February 13, 2012

Varnish: the Necessary Evil

I thought varnishing the inside of the house would be difficult, so I wasted a lot of time dreading the inevitable.  We finished putting up the trim, I forgot to take pictures as we went, but you'll notice it around the windows and door, not to mention molding along the floor, in the corners, and over the unsightly panel seams.  With everything in place there wasn't a reason to procrastinate any longer.  Luckily the job wasn't so bad, mostly because Steve's parents--John and Brenda--helped.  And by 'helped' I mean slaved away for hours.  Pictures of their contribution below.


We used tung oil.  I was pleased with it because it didn't smell too overwhelming, nor did it change the color of the wood.  Apparently there are a lot of different products to protect your wood, and perhaps the reason I felt the project so overwhelming was simply because at first I wasn't sure we picked the right one.  Not to mention Steve was convinced we'd need five coats to keep our wood from turning yellow over time, and between each coat the whole house would need a good bristly scrub.  Well it got a scrub, I missed the whole thing, but the house only got two coats of varnish, and somewhere along the line me and Steve decided two was good.  Call us lazy, I don't care.

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