I have already started finishing the few crumbly areas on our very old lime plaster with a little of the Gris Marmotte #3 – which has sealed and protected these areas and adds to the soft finish of these walls.
I like the fact that these waxes are billed as “intemporelle” (timeless) & “hier pour demaine” (yesterday for tomorrow) how very appropriate. The Grise Mercure looks bright blue here, but is a very soft cloudy blue/grey sky colour on application. I will be using it to protect and soften the colour I mixed for the lower bit of the hall and staircase walls. A light coating in certain areas does not affect the breathability of the lime plaster that we are preserving wherever possible in the house.
So far I have finished the terrace bedroom floor by cleaning with a plastic scourer and French liquid wood soap. Then I let it dry (for nine months !) and then finished on my knees with a cloth and a tin of Liberon Liming Wax. (not recommended if your room is any bigger than the 112 square feet of floor space we have in that particular room)
The effect however is dramatically lighter and brighter and the grain of the wood is enhanced. I was inspired by the lightening effect on the floor of the ingrained rubble from the demolition phase in here! All evidence of the screaming orangey-brown stain applied in the 50’s has gone and it is a lovely soft silvery grey.
Although the wax I used is not specifically designed for floors, I must point out that the finish I applied has now been in place for four years and has survived roof leaks over one winter due to slipping canal tiles in the worst storm in decades, so I would say it was fit for purpose.