Another 'find' has precipitated another happy project! After years of wanting one, I am finally getting a kitchen floor of wide pine boards. Enter 'Matty', an older gentleman with an unmistakable New Hampshire accent living not 4 miles from us, with an old time sawmill set back into the woods.
My neighbors across the road are building a vegetable stand for selling fresh produce in their yard, and I noticed the lovely aged pine boards they were using. That's how I found well, who I thought was 'Matty', and his piles of neatly stacked old and seasoned pine boards---And now I am the proud owner of a number of very long, 1 inch thick pine boards each 10 and 12 inches wide---enough to do our small kitchen floor, and all for the princely sum of $50.
Now here is the really hilarious part. I, like an idiot was blithely chatting him up and calling him "Matty". He never corrected me. Only later did I realize that the person who told me about him had a classic Yankee accent, and was actually saying 'MARTY'!
I sure felt silly, but Marty sure didn't seem to care---maybe in his mind he was rolling his eyes and thinking "Oh ayuh, this daffy lady must be from some way-yuh else"!
The huge old saw blade set on hewn whole tree trunks with the bark still on them, and settled into a glade with tall trees all around it, "Mahty", aka "MARTY's" little mill looks as if you have stepped back in time.
|Some of the boards waiting to become our kitchen floor|
I brought home what I could yesterday, driving the short distance with at least 3 or 4 feet of board sticking out of the back of the van. We are excited to get started, so after a simple birthday dinner of deli roast chicken, salad with some of our hand picked blueberries in it, snap peas sauteed in a little butter and mint, and a bit of special dessert, we plan to start the new project tonight.
I have never had creme brulee, so I made some today---just enough for 2, as my birthday dessert! Sure looks yummy!
After dinner Adam will begin the un-fun 'removal' tasks---taking off all our baseboard and thresholds, and get ready to do the worst job---move all our appliances out and into the dining room where they will have to sit until this job is done.
We decided get up early this Sunday and begin the "kitchen floor project" in earnest. After getting all the appliances disconnected and moved, we can both take up the 'engineered' wood floor that is already in the kitchen. Luckily it's a 'floating floor', so we should have it up and out of here in quick time.
We plan to but each board up against each other---no tongue and groove---in the old way and face nail each one with the beautiful reproduction rosehead nails we have. (We have gotten ours at the 1780's Moultonboro Country Store for years, and used them for many things.)
After we have the floor down, Bryan is coming to sand it for us---we need a bit of the roughness taken off, but the character will still remain. I am going to do exactly what I did with the taproom floors---rub one coat of Varathane 'Ipswich Pine' stain into them on my hands and knees, and NO varnish, oil, or other finish---like the old pine floors we recently had sanded in our taproom, these too will 'age' naturally, and show stains and traffic pattern wear, mellowing out and looking gracefully older in time.
After rain most of this day, the sun is out and it's warm and green here, and a fine birthday-evening indeed! Adam will be home any minute and off to Marty's we go...
|Here's a sneak peek at our finished kitchen! Take a tour of our 18thc. house to period musick, and see ALL the new photos HERE~|