At the point when we purchased our present house, we acquired a red oak floor that spread over the vast majority of the primary floor and the whole second level. Our home was worked in the mid-2000s, and red oak and rich cherry were extremely mainstream decisions around then.
Quick forward 20 years and individuals are going through huge cash to eliminate the red components from their homes. Be that as it may, you can eliminate the “red” in a large number of these components for a small part of the expense of supplanting by painting or restoring. Prepared to figure out how to resurface red oak flooring? You’re in karma – read on to figure out how we did it!
We truly like the appearance of white oak–it’s warm and welcoming without being excessively red. Assuming we needed to tear up the current red oak and supplant it with white oak, it would handily cost six figures. All things considered, we did our exploration and discovered that we could draw near to the vibe of white oak by sanding the red oak and applying a whitewash.
We chose to take the plunge and spoiler alert, we are so happy we did! Nonetheless, we need to share a portion of the things we took in (the most difficult way possible) and the items that we utilized. The under 5 stages are intended to help anybody hoping to restore a wood floor, regardless of wood species or color is utilized, yet I will feature the items and interaction we went through while resurfacing red oak to be less “red”.
1. Examination ONLINE
Utilize online assets like Pinterest, Houzz, and Instagram to perceive how others have dealt with resurfacing their floors, and what items they use. Track down a couple of models that you like and keep the connections or save them to you telephone so you can show your project worker. Models that rundown the items they use are ideal – the more detail you can give your project worker, the better.
2. Recruit A GOOD CONTRACTOR
This is maybe perhaps the most difficult aspect of the interaction, and certainly quite possibly the most significant. A worker for hire can represent the moment of truth in a resurfacing project, so tracking down the right project worker, at the right cost, is vital.
Utilize online assets like Angie’s List, Yelp, and Google (surveys) to discover a wood floor project worker that spends significant time resurfacing. There are numerous workers for hire that can tear out a story and introduce another one, yet resurfacing a current floor is a greater amount of fine art, and experience matters.
Continuously get something like three statements (more is better) and select a worker for hire that offers a reasonable cost, and one that you get a decent energy from.
Show them pictures and results of the look you need (from stage 1 above) and ensure they get what you need. The project worker we picked had numerous positive, late surveys from past clients (on Angie’s List), and they showed up on schedule to give their statement. They were additionally exceptionally responsive (through writings and calls) when I had inquiries regarding their statement or their administrations.
3. SAND AND PREP THE EXISTING RED OAK
Watching the sanding machines strip the old color or paint off a wood floor is perhaps the most fulfilling thing to watch! Ensure your worker for hire sands every one of the little hiding spots around dividers, steps, and entryways. On the off chance that you have any water harm in specific regions or different blemishes, right now is an ideal opportunity to supplant those sheets and fill the flaws with superior grade (stainable) filler.
In case you are thinking about expanding your wood floor into different rooms, right now is an ideal opportunity to introduce it. For our task, we eliminated the dated marble in the entrance and powder room and introduced coordinating with red oak to make a steady look on the principle level. This is the place where decent project work can be an enormous resource – having one that knows what wood to use to consummately coordinate with your current floor is vital.
4. Track down THE RIGHT STAIN AND SEALER TO REFINISH RED OAK
Use painter’s tape to make squares on your floor in a few spaces of your home. Have your project worker apply the stains so you can perceive what you like best. For our red oak, we went through a significant number of various blends of stains prior to choosing the one we preferred best.
It is significant in this progression to require some investment choosing – you will probably feel constrained by your project worker to choose a stain as quickly as time permits (so they have the opportunity to arrange it so they can finish the task). However, this is a HUGE choice that can be exorbitant in the event that you wind up picking a stain you don’t care for, rush doesn’t as well.
For our undertaking, the project worker blended a few alternatives for us and applied them in our example squares. A few stains were blended in with others, while others were weakened to be lighter in tone.
At last, we went with two layers of Bona NordicSeal and finished off with one layer of Bona Traffic HD Satin finish. The NordicSeal is an incredible item for red oak – it securely “blanches” the wood and eliminates the brutal red tones. The more covers you apply, the lighter it becomes.
For the completion, utilize a water-based item, not an oil-based item that can yellow from sun openness over the long haul. The water-based items are likewise a lot simpler to work with.
One of the large patterns right presently is matte completions, and this is what we “thought” we needed, yet after a slight calamity (more insight regarding that in the following stage), we understood that the matte search for ground surface simply looks incomplete and reliably messy. A silk sheen is still delicate enough for our taste however looks completed and clean.
5. APPLICATION QUALITY IS KEY
Numerous items must be applied with a specific goal in mind or with specific instruments/tools. Ensure your worker for hire realizes how to apply the items you chose.
Application quality can represent the moment of truth in your end result, particularly in an open idea floorplan or enormous territory of hardwood. Keep steady over your worker for hire! We have a major trip to share for this progression, yet before we give it, let me give you the origin story of how our project worker gave us a two-tone floor.
OUR TWO-TONED FLOOR STORY
We were on a tight course of events – our objective was to have the floors completed prior to moving day. The worker for hire was planned to apply the Bona HD sealer two days before we moved in, so it had the opportunity to fix it totally before the movers abused it. They messaged and said they were done, and the following day I drive out to the property to examine the floors and tracked down that a few rooms had a matte completion, while others had a silk-finish, and a reasonable line could be seen.
Look at the photos underneath. Clearly, this was a major issue since we were moving in the following day. Quick version, we needed to move in and after seven days, move all the furniture to the carport so the worker for hire could sand the top polish off the floor and reapply the sealer.
This was really a surprisingly positive turn of events in light of the fact that in the week that we lived with the matte floor segments, we understood exactly how much soil they showed and how incomplete they looked. We had the project worker apply the glossy silk sealer when they returned to re-try their work.
Notwithstanding, what they did this chance to guarantee a predictable completion (this is our enormous tip) is to blend every one of the holders of sealer in one major compartment/barrel prior to applying. Clearly, there was sufficient variety in the numerous holders of sealer (all named as a similar matte completion) that it dried diversely when applied. Combining everything as one guarantees that the item will be predictable across your whole region.
That is it! We trust these 5 stages (and the tips and items beneath) help you in your revamping project and in the event that you have any inquiries or remarks, kindly leave them in the remark area at the lower part of the page.
- Invest the energy to track down a decent project worker. Examination on the web, read audits, converse with companions, family, and real estate agent to check whether they have any suggestions.
- While choosing your project worker, focus on the off chance that they arrive as expected to give a statement, and send them messages or potentially call them to perceive how responsive they are. This attribute/quality in a worker for hire is significant in an undertaking like this.
- Keep steady over your project worker during the whole cycle and guarantee their quality fulfills your guidelines. Try not to be hesitant to show them regions they missed or that you need revamped.
- Assuming you need to expand your wood floor into different spaces, this is an ideal opportunity to do it.
- Try not to feel forced by your worker for hire to rush and choose a stain/finish. You are going to live with your choice for quite a long time to come, so ensure you invest the energy to assess the example stain in various areas and at various times.
- Guarantee all little hiding spots are sanded before the stain is applied.
- Utilize a water-based stain to try not to any yellow in future years.
- Keep away from shiny completions – they were normal in the 1990’s and 2000’s, however, are presently outdated.
- Prior to applying your sealer, consolidate and blend all holders into one huge compartment/barrel prior to applying. This will guarantee a reliable completion across your whole floor.