Tall House Updates: Linseed Oiling the Ceiling Beams

Lots of house updates this week — the renovation work is really ramping up as we get closer and closer to moving in. One of the projects we finished last week was cleaning the ancient ceiling beams in the attic, and adding a protective coat of linseed oil. The beams are old and they are held together with wooden spikes, not metal or nails. This is a project we didn’t even know we needed to do until Grant told us about it, but we love the before and after.

When I shared about this on Instagram, I got lots of questions about the odor and I was confused because I really like the scent of the oil — I felt it was fresh and clean. I was also getting comments about how people eat linseed oil, and other comments about how toxic it is. It turns out Linseed Oil in France is a different product than Linseed Oil in the U.S.. Hah! The linseed oil we were using would be similar to flaxseed oil in America. I also got lots of comments about different ways to use linseed oil. I found it all very interesting.

Linseed Oil Part One:

Linseed Oil Part Two:

Do you ever used linseed oil for a project? Or eaten linseed oil? Or used a product like lineoleum? What was your experience like?

P.S. — More Tall House updates.

1 thought on “Tall House Updates: Linseed Oiling the Ceiling Beams”

  1. Pamela Balabuszko-Reay

    Just want to say that I love every last one of these posts. Every detail, large and small. I imagine how amazing it will feel for all of you to move in and just BE in your home. I mean…. I know there will be ongoing projects. But you have come SO far.

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