Tuesday, 18 March 2008

More essential and exciting news. About parquet.

Had the Europarquet man round today. He was really nice. Turns out our parquet is not 'point de hongrie' at all, but 'bâtons rompus' (broken sticks?), meaning that the ends of each little plank are flat, and you don't get the gracious up and down lines that 'point de hongrie' parquet gives.

Basically, 'batons rompus' is Kwik Save to 'point de hongrie's Waitrose. Whatever, it looks cool to me.

Also, it seems like the parquet is glued to a flat base, so even where it dips and bumps there's not much we can do about it. Sanding will even that out a little, but not much.

The good news? Well, the concrete and lino are coming off pretty cleanly, so I think we can do that part ourselves. All that will be left to do is sand everything down and wax it, which is not very dear.

However, I did start chipping away at some more of the lino today, and once you get started it's difficult to stop. If the flat looked like a hovel before, it now looks like a post-nuclear hovel...
The man said that once it has been sanded, the wood will be 'honey' colour. If that means bluh yellow I think we'll dye it a little darker...

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