RENOVATION AT DOOR FORTY-FOUR
When first time buyers, Amy and Adam, bought a 1950’s semi-detached house in Liverpool, they knew that they were not just beginning an adventure of living in a new property, but that they were venturing into a full house renovation project.
“When we went to view the property, we both felt that this was the house for us. However, it needed a lot of work, including a full rewire, a new plumbing system, walls that needed to be knocked down and the remaining walls to be worked on to bring them back to the brickwork for new plaster.”
The upstairs bathroom was originally a toilet and a disabled shower room. The couple knocked down the wall in between the two rooms to make it a bigger bathroom. Adam was very keen to feature wood in the bathroom, while Amy was interested in having a walk-in shower and separate bath.
With these ideas in mind, the couple began searching Pinterest and Instagram for inspiration. The duo finally came up with a design to have wooden Iroko panels on the side of the bath and thick Iroko wooden shelves for the sink!
“Once we had the design in our minds, we began researching what oils we should use to protect the wood. Being in such a wet environment, the finish needed to be water-repellent so that it could handle water spillages. Through our research, we came across Osmo UK. The company has such a broad product range, and we were unsure which would be the best for our project, so we got in touch with the team via Instagram to ask for advice. They were really helpful and recommended using Wood Wax Finish Extra Thin 1101 on the Iroko sheet for the bath panel and TopOil 3058 Clear, Matt for the basin shelves.”
Amy’s dad set to work biscuit jointing and bonding the pieces of iroko wood together, before sanding, shaping, preparing, cutting out and fitting the shelves to the wall.
“Applying the Osmo products was so incredibly easy. We simply applied it using lint free clothes for the shelves and panel. The colour of the finish on the Iroko is absolutely beautiful and exactly what we had envisioned – the product provides such a high-quality finish.”
TopOil consists of natural plant oils and waxes and is designed to accentuate the wood’s natural beauty. It works by penetrating deeply into the surface of the wood. The water-repellent and resistant finish makes it an ideal choice for the bathroom where water damage and spillages are inevitable.
Wood Wax emphasises the wood’s grain and natural characterisics, providing a warm and rich effect to ensure the surface looks luxurious and elegant. This durable finish protects against wear, dirt and moisture and is resistant to liquid spillages. Requiring no primer, the microporous, breathable finish doesn’t crack, peel, flake or blister.
“We were so happy with the results in the bathroom that we decided to use TopOil on our solid wood kitchen worktop. We stuck with the Osmo brand and also purchased its Door-Oil 3033 Raw, Matt product to use on all the doors throughout the house. Once again, we were impressed with the quality of the finish and are delighted with how the worktop and doors appear.”
Door-Oil is created from natural vegetable oils and plant waxes. These properties ensure the treatment is quickly and deeply absorbed into the wood, enriching the wood’s natural beauty and strength. After application, the surface becomes healthy and elastic and the wood’s fibres are prevented from becoming dry and brittle over time, reducing shrinking and swelling.