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How to Paint your Log Cabin

When painting your log cabin there are several things to consider. Following these will make your building last so much longer. As well as that they will make your life easier as you enjoy those extra years with your garden room.

So here are 10 things to consider and follow:

  1. Order – Products should be applied in a certain order:
    1. First – ANITROT/ANTIFUNGEL PRESERVATIVE (Skipping this may leave you open to issues in the future, and void your warranty)
    2. Second – PRIMER or UNDERCOAT
    3. Third – TOPCOAT or WATERPROOFER (This might be a coloured stain or opaque paint)
  2. Paint Quality – Make sure you buy quality log cabin or timber building specific products. There is no point scrimping with the paint or preservative, buying a cheap shed quality paint. It will pay back dividends if you get a good product.
  3. Paint or Stain – It doesn’t matter if you use a stain or paint, both are equally good. Vanish can be good, but when you come to reapply it after a couple years you will need to sand the initial vanish off first. Also see below for another reason against exterior varnish.
  4. UV Damage – Make sure the waterproofed product you use has a pigment (colour) in it, a clean product. Wood that has a clear waterproofer is likely to get UV damaged, this results in black/blue spots appearing on the wood (it will look like rot).
  5. Top and Bottom – Make sure you treat all exterior parts of the log cabin. This includes all top and bottom of the doors and windows. Not treating the underneath or top of the doors/windows will cause them to expand and stick.
  6. Expanding – In the autumn/winter your timber building will expand, this might result in areas above the door and windows being exposed that have not been previously treated. This is perfectly nature and all you need to do is treat these sections as they appear.
  7. Follow instructions – Follow the instructions. Always apply the number of coats the manufacturer suggests as a minimum! More is most definitely Better!
  8. Time between applications – If the manufacturer suggests reapplying the product after 5 year, reapply after 3 years.
  9. Floor – A non-slip product is needed, varnish, paint or stain. A stain before varnish is a good way to add a little colour to the floor.
  10. Breathability – Make sure the products you use on the walls are breathable.

Floor covering of Log Cabins, or what flooring to use

Once you have your Log Cabin installed there are various options for finishing the floor of the Garden Room.

Here are 4 suggestions of how to finish the floor of your log cabin, and 1 DO NOT DO!

What to do:

  1. Leave it Untreated- Some customers decide not to treat the floor and to leave the machined floor boards as they were laid. An issue is that if anything is spilled on the floor this will soak into the wood and stain it.
  2. Varnish or Paint the boards- Sealing the floor with a non-slip varnish or paint will protect the boards for many years and stop the spills soaking in. This will reduce the maintenance the flooring needs. Good news for you!
  3. Laying Laminate – Laying a suitable laminate floor will reduce the need to keep applying a varnish. It keeps the wood effect, but allows your to colour the flooring.
  4. Carpet or Rugs – This will increase the cosy feel of the cabin as well as increasing the insulation properties of the floor.

What NOT to do:

Do not use a Vinyl covering

Vinyl acts as a barrier, causing moisture to build up under it. The moisture can then sit on the floor boards and cause the floor boards to rot.

If you have already laid Vinyl I would recommend lifting it at the corner and seeing how the floorboards are underneath.

Brown Wood Log Cabin in a Blue January

The Christmas presents have been opened, the bells of the New Year have rang…and suddenly we are thrust into a 2022 blinking and bleary eyed.

We’re not blinking at the light…the Sun has departed these shores for somewhere hot.

And we are expected to get on with life and this year as if nothing has happened.

Welcome to Blue January! And Blue Monday is not that far away, its the 3rd Monday in January so 21st by my reckoning.

I definitely get effected by the lack of Sun, so what can I (or other sufferers) do in order to keep going and flourish this Monday.

Well, I like to be in the garden as much as possible during the day. Getting Sun light helps your body produce that needed Vitamin D. So if you have a Summerhouse or BBQ Hut, go there and relax with some nice music and warmth. Get in touch with your inner Hygge.

If the though of a Garden and relaxing does not work for you, some exercise is another great option. And there are worse places to exercise than in a Log Cabin in January…its pouring rain outside remember!

If you are needing further ideas please see the tips below, and at the end of this email there are some numbers. I guess I want to end this section with the need to talk to someone. We humans are able to converse in a wonderful way, please use that to its full potential to make sure you can fulfil your full potential.

Top 10 tips to look after your mental health in January and beyond

  1. Talk about your feelings
  2. Keep active
  3. Eat well
  4. Drink sensibly
  5. Keep in touch with people- even on the phone
  6. Ask for help
  7. Take a break
  8. Do something you’re good at
  9. Accept who you are
  10. Care for others
  11. See the Mental Health Foundation website for more information and other top tips.

Free Mental Health Helplines

If you or someone you love needs some support now and beyond Blue Monday, reach out to someone that can help on these free helplines:

Samaritans. – 116 123 

SANEline –  0300 304 7000 

National Suicide Prevention Helpline UK – 0800 689 5652 

Campaign Against Living Miserably – 0800 58 58 58 

Talk care,

Austin