Episode 138- I like whitewashed floors but they have to WORK- so- a practical and tough floor finish for you

Pin-maritime GasconyWe started with this Gascony Pin-maritime from France’s oldest managed forest. This is a clean, hard pine, with less knots than many, and those knots found have a low resin content, so bleed is less of an issue.

Trev says the odd faulty piece is inevitable, like any pre-packed wood, but the quality is very good at this price point of 12 euros a square metre from



Trev’s chosen laying pattern is visible –right– and this has worked excellently

Masonry Drills in France

It wasn’t acceptable to me just to put a clear finish on. Every opportunity to bring light into the house is grasped with both hands. I like the general look of whitewashed/ white painted/bleached plank floors but some of the techniques I have seen used to achieve these  seem inherently impractical for one of the hardest working floors in the house, i.e. kitchen -diner.

So I thought of using lasure. This is not varnish, it is a resin/oil based wood stain that is used a lot for external wood in southern France where the intense summer heat destroys paint and varnish which sit on the surface rather than penetrating. It doesn’t flake and does not require total sanding back to recoat in later years.

Most importantly, it lets the wood breathe, but is waterproof. We used it on the newer external shutters and seven years later it still looks great. If it can survive outside, it can survive us and shouldn’t discolour by the windows where the sun is on it.

The odd small chip or irregularity have been left, I like a bit of character and don’t want something that looks like laminate!

The first coat just soaked right in, then a second coat, a light sand and a third coat were applied over three days using a 7 cm good synthetic brush . Let it cure between . Despite not being a varnish, it is a tough clean finish with a light sheen- I am very impressed

It looks beautiful.


IMG_20160409_092006lasure for white floors



About coteetcampagne

Artist, period home maker, renovator, restorer, Francophile. My mission is to save the old stuff, one beautiful piece at a time
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6 Responses to Episode 138- I like whitewashed floors but they have to WORK- so- a practical and tough floor finish for you

  1. poshbirdy says:

    That’s a lovely finish. It looks so much more in keeping than the plain wood

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  2. zipfslaw1 says:

    You know the American expression “too poor to paint, too proud to whitewash”? 🙂 I think it’s probably a different sense of “whitewash,” though.

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  3. curt says:

    Looks great Gil! We’re going to use a whitewash floor finish upstairs as well – great minds think alike…

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