Of shelving and pine floors…


These last few weeks have been a bit mad, and progress has taken a back seat for a while to life and visiting family. Still, I have been working on and off on my storage/shelf/closet and am getting closer to having the hitch end interior walls insulated and paneled.

The storage unit will consist of two contained side closets for clothes or the like and open shelves in the middle that are accessible from the kitchen. I originally had 2 x 2 lumber all ready to go with plans for covering the framing in wall paneling, but I couldn’t make my mind believe that it would turn out very well so I did me some shelf research and changed the whole plan.

Instead, I said screw it to the extra weight and got five, 1 x 12 x 8 pine boards because I just love the way it looks. Most of the time I don’t really know what the heck I’m doing, but know what I wanted to achieve and made the closest thing my abilities could muster. It’s a bit wonky, but it’s probably only me that will notice and think I’m pretty much over the ‘perfect’ thing. Just as well I’m planning on putting non breakable things on these shelves though, most of them have slight, nicely alternating asymmetrical tilts… I should get the middles ones better now I’ve gotten the learning curve.

My flooring arrived yesterday! I say arrived, and by that I meant that I somehow fit it all into my car and drove up the hill a bit slower than usual so as not to upset its precarious balance. It is 3/4″ x 5 1/8″ unfinished white pine tongue and groove boards at 6′ lengths from Lumber Liquidators, great stuff from what I can see so far. I ordered it over a month ago but pine flooring is apparently not in very high demand so it had to get milled and shipped from far off wherever. Don’t think they were too jolly about my needing such a small amount either.

I chose pine for several reasons, and it fit my list of flooring criteria brilliantly. Firstly, I didn’t want a shiny, prefinished floor that I’m afraid to walk on. They’re beautiful, but I’m not big on how the inevitable scratches look white and I don’t like the idea of the lacquer stuff they put on there to begin with. Secondly, I wanted something as light as I could possibly get my hands on. A friend lent me a 3′ piece of 1/2″ bamboo flooring that is really lovely, and weighs easily as much as one of the 6′ pine. Thirdly, I really wanted to get something that didn’t cost me my teeth, and at $1.19 a square foot, it beat out anything I’d previously considered.

My parent’s house has a pine floor and I LOVE it. It’s scratched up like nobody’s business and covered in dents and marks after 20 years of footsteps and dropping things, and I just think it’s beautiful. I suppose you could call it ‘rustic’. Installation will be more of a faff because I’ll have to finish it myself, but I believe it will be worth it in the long run.

In any case, I am going to visit friends on a whirlwind trip to the east coast for two weeks tomorrow. It’s not a very smart decision progress wise and it’s certainly not one of the better financial decision I’ve ever made, but I’m young and allowed to do irresponsibly adventurous things, right? I hope you all have a wonderful April πŸ™‚ Away I go!



16 responses »

  1. Just a thought about the closety thing — it might bode well to anchor it to the ceiling when you are ready to get on the road. That could help it maintain its shape under stress.

    And if you are the the southeastern CT or RI area when you are East, touch base. I’d love to say Hi in person & spot you a cuppa. πŸ™‚

    • I’ve screwed it onto the wall for all it’s worth, but the ceiling might be a good idea too. We stopped briefly in RI but didn’t get your message in time! Thanks for thinking of me πŸ™‚

  2. Ella, tung oil and then wax is what we are doing for our ewp floor. know what you mean about the dents and dings it is soft but gorgeous.

  3. your blog has been inspiring and informative. i have been in the “i want” stage for about 2 years now, the last 6 months diligently researching everything that comes to mind. i had all but decided to just jump in without going to one of the seminars, but you have convinced me that it will be worth the money. keep up the good work! i’m enjoying learning through you!

    • Cool! Ask lots of questions! I didn’t have much of a clue about building things before I went, so it may be a good idea to do some research. Just so you know what they’re talking about πŸ˜€ Unless you know about carpentry, as you may since you were considering not going to a workshop, in which case you’ll have a better idea of what to ask. Good luck!

  4. The tiny is looking lovely. I second the comment about Tung oil. It’s easy to work with, no chemical smells, and the end result is a gorgeous soft shine with the timber totally protected.

  5. Bummer, we were just in Midcoast over Easter weekend. We have a the 14×16 cabin/cottage we commented about.Jerry where are you? Ella hope you are up that way again, there’s a strong “folk” scene up in Maine. Did you have lobsta?

  6. Hai, I came across your blog while searching for small houses etc. Love to see your progress!!

    And what’s more (and I know this sounds really weird), I’m very happy to see someone else doing rough jobs and wearing a skirt at the same time !! I’m a skirtwearer myself and so often I get strange looks when someone sees me doing a garden or carpenting project ! :o)!!!!!!

    Greetings from Holland, Jacomijn

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