I mentioned to Tasha early on that I would love to try doing a herringbone floor. I was taken aback at how excited she was about this idea, and then she reminded me how much she loved the chevron pattern. I knew immediately that I better source some great mini sized hardwood and then watch some videos to educate myself on laying herringbone floors. I learned that a true chevron pattern has the ends cut at 45 degree angles, while herringbone ends are straight cut and the boards are staggered. The blade in my mini table saw is known to have a little too much flex, so even with the guide set to cut 45 degrees, I was not confident in the precision and accuracy I could achieve. Better to do the herringbone, especially since this was my first time with this sort of thing.
I sourced the material, cherry and walnut, through an eBay seller called Bill and Walt's. The wood is excellent, as was the shipping cost, speed and packaging. I did subsequently place an order through their web site. It seems this is new to them and they are still working out some kinks. I would stick to placing orders via eBay for your protection, until they are better experienced with ecommerce.
I measured the area of my 14" x 9" floor, determined how many 1" long pieces of 1/16" x 1/4" strips of each species (walnut, cherry, maple) I'd need, then cut and sanded them all. See video for proper ratio of width x length you need to make the pattern. Starting with a right triangle, as suggested in the This Old House video (link above), I began in the center of the floor and worked my way outward.
After making the stain chart, I thought I'd like to use a stain that was light enough to really accentuate the different wood species.
It was pretty, but both Tasha and I agreed that in a more modern kitchen, the drastic variance might fight for attention with all the other features. After applying a few coats of dark walnut, I really like this look much better. I doubt I will share the results with her before the end of the project. Hopefully, it's a pleasant surprise!
This is with about six coats of polyurethane. Hard to capture the shine on camera, but it's beautiful!
After this floor experience, I am definitely excited about having another opportunity to do one!
A Sims4 Homage
I was contacted by a lady who saw a photo of the Storybook Cottage on Pinterest. She asked if I was familiar with Sims4, and if I would give her permission to recreate the cottage and share it with the Sims community. I told her I was familiar with The Sims, and had been slightly obsessed with it for a time when the latest version was Sims3. I said it would be wonderful to see a digital recreation and to have it shared! This is what she created...
Amazing, right?!? Her Origin ID is drpbvibes, and you can download the Storybook Cottage for free to use in your Sims4 town!
Back really soon with more on Tasha's Kitchen! Suddenly, I seem to be making quick and exciting progress!