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Whitewashing vs. Pickling: Preserving & Illuminating Wooden Floors

Posted on August 16, 2023


The Art of Whitewashing and Pickling: Breathing New Life into Wooden Floors

In the realm of wood, where each grain tells stories of the ages, whitewashing stands as a delicate dance between preserving history and inviting in the light. Like the soft glint of morning frost on the earth, the luminescence of a whitewashed wooden floor evokes a feeling of gentle awakening, respecting the tree’s history while giving it new life. In the times of our ancestors, the art of whitewashing was a simple concoction of white paint, softened by water. Now, precise formulas balance the element’s dance – water for quick drying and gentle touch, oil for endurance and depth. But at their essence, both honour the spirit of the wood beneath. Treading on a whitewashed pine floor is like walking on the first snow of winter – it mutes the pine’s natural golden hue, which deepens with the years, and illuminates spaces dimly touched by the sun. Yet, for woods cloaked in deep, dusky tones, like the age-old oak or mahogany, pickling becomes the alchemy of choice. Drawing from ancient Egyptian crafts, it infuses them with a hint of milky radiance. However, as nature always reminds us, beauty is often fleeting. Both whitewashing and pickling, though transformative, do not offer shelter against time’s wear. A finishing embrace, preferably of water-based elixir like the cherished tung oil, nurtures and shields, all the while respecting the wood’s soul. This rejuvenation, though a labour of love that demands one’s full surrender, is a testament to the bridge between past and present. If the weight of such a task feels too immense, there are those who, with dedicated hands, can breathe this new life into your wood, marrying its rich history with newfound luminance.

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