I always love to add the Walnut oil to the woodwork and the floors because it almost brings them back to life. They juices get sucked in and the color splashes out. It is a product of the light being absorbed deeper and the color thus seen as if for the first time. Even the milk paint comes to life again. The key is to oil it good and then rub it down good afterward if it does not soak all the way up. Otherwise you will get some sticky later on, particularly if you do not use AC and keep the windows shut on a hot summer day after day.
Nice shot of the White Swan and Gypsy Two side by side. This is the trim on White Swan that we replaced above the windows for example.
After the oil the corner behind the door in the living area seems happier.
Stairs a going to have an interesting railing still.
Here you can see the before and after effect of the Walnut Oil being applied to the floor. No stain, just oil and Citrus solvent instead of mineral spirits in this case.
Bit of work still evident on the other counter where the stove and cook top will go.
Bathroom floor in Long Leaf Pine makes it water friendly and the oil will help it last even longer.
Living area floor view from the front door.
Kitchen floor is rich and warm now.
The fridge will go on the left and there is a door to go in front for the knives or other sink area stuff.
The eating table may get mounted on that wall to fold up and down as needed.
The richness of the floors, the walls, and the door are impossible to create with new materials.
Outside of bathroom wall and view of the kitchen sink now in as well.
Cabinet made from half of an old vanity with a sink the buyer picked and a faucet to match it.
Bathroom counter has a mirror made a hundred years ago or more. Black Walnut, solid… not veneer with particle board that outgases formaldehyde for 3 years or foam.
The new trim surrounds the windows and I think it looks better by far.
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