|Owen+Vokes+Peters - Bardon House (all images via OVP)|
Makes me want to grab a paint brush and break open a tin of Black Japan. And when I look at these images, I start to think about using black cabinetry in the kitchen again. Oh decisions!!!
But from a functional perspective, how easy are they to keep clean? What about the dust, and crumbs on the floor? (My kids happen to be very messy eaters.) Would it do my head in?
I spent a bit of time researching different floor finishes for our timber floors - a combination of original hoop pine flooring and blackbutt which will be laid in the new addition. I finally decided to choose a hardwax oil in a clear satin-matt finish (rather than a polyurethane coating) for the following reasons:
Hardwax oil is based on natural oils and waxes that penetrate into the wood surface making the floor extremely tough and hardwearing.
EASY TO REPAIR AND MAINTAIN
Flooring that is damaged or showing signs of wear in patches is easily repaired by simply cleaning the surface and applying a maintenance coat to the area. There is no need to sand and re-finish the entire surface.
NO NEED FOR FUTURE SANDING
Conventional lacquers require sanding the entire floor back to bare timber to re-coat, which reduces the thickness of the timber - can be a problem when you start to run out of timber above the tongue and groove.
|Example of Hardwax Oil - matt finish|
I'll leave you with a final image of the bathroom from the same house above. I love the detail, including the brass edging around the mirror. We have the same tiles and tapware specified for our bathroom and ensuite.