Re-Finishing Hardwood Floors
Rethink. Refinish. Redecorate.
Don’t look down on your hardwood floors just because they’re old and you want a new look underfoot. Your existing hardwoods can be the foundation, literally, of a fresh new decorating scheme, anywhere in your home, and in addition to saving time and money, your also sparing Mother Earth when you don’t choke landfills with wood that’s still perfectly good and usable.
Hardwood floors are so naturally durable and wear-resistant they can go on looking beautiful for years; but when you’re ready for a “fresh” look, remember that there’s a new decorative role for that “old” hardwood flooring. Top interior designers agree:
- You can customize old wood floors with patterns hand-painted to match the homeowner’s favorite items or places
- You can use contrasting stain colors to create checkerboards and borders on traditional hardwood flooring
- To revitalize old hardwood oak floors a custom cabinet-glazing technique can be used. When the glaze is applied sanded and stained floor, the grain was enhanced and the “old” floors looked seamless. The individual planks receded visually, giving the floor a much more continuous look.
Old Hardwood Value
Old floors are a treasure. Old wood is different; it has a beauty that’s hard to replicate. Unless it’s really too worn to refinish – and that rarely happens – there’s no point in tearing out an old floor. Refinish your hardwood floor. Sometimes just a gentle cleaning process called “screening” that merely lifts the dirt and old wax from the surface of the wood is all that is needed. It doesn’t change the color of the wood itself, which can then be re-waxed or polyurethaned to look like new.
Don’t show your hardwood floor the door. Simply refresh, renew and redecorate to make your hardwood floor look new and stylish again.