Saturday, June 25, 2011

Slow Paint

Finally, the trim in the mudroom and porch has been painted. Yay! Also the sliding doors between porch and mud rooom and the door between mud room and bath room have two layers of much needed paint. It's all white. Between a full time job, three kids and great gardening weather, it has taken some time. I've promised myself to only paint in day light because it is so much easier to see any mistakes with proper light.

Finished the paint job.                                   Ready for wallpapering

White, #50003. linseed oil paint
by Allb├Ąck and a good brush.
I used Swedish linseed oil paint. In fact, the flax, whose seeds have been pressed to make the oil grew less than 50 miles from where I grew up in Southern Sweden. It's available in the US from solventfreepaint.com.
In our previous house, we used linseed oil paint for ALL interior woodwork. For the ceiling, beaded pine board, we mixed our own white stain from linseed oil paint, linseed oil and a little bit of turpentine.
The paint is very relaxing to work with, especially when painting entire doors. It takes 24 hours for it to dry, so there is plenty of time to even out any paint blobs or irregularities.
A good paint brush is a must, you can order that with the paint. Contrary to "normal" paint, this goes on in thin, thin layers and the brush strokes shows a bit more. My doors and trim came pre-primed, which was nice.

The new fiberglass back door is going to be blue. For a long time I was waiting for stable dry weather and now it's too hot. Oh well, it has to be done soon.

I hope to have the mud room finished by our Independence day backyard cookout. Imagine how convenient it would be for guests to use the powder room right there by the back door!

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