Almost everyone agrees that your floors are the most influential element of a room’s design. In other words, to change your floors is to significantly alter, and hopefully improve a room’s look and feel. While other patterns, colors, textures and materials make an impact in the space, an updated floor almost always takes the cake on a renovation.
When we build or renovate our home, we choose the flooring according the trends, our personal style and maybe even from a professional designer. But, naturally after so many years, the floors become worn or lose their appeal.
Typically after many design magazines, design shows or professional assistance, we take the leap to begin updating the flooring. Most often, it is assumed you much rip up your flooring or completely cover it with a new material. However, there are other options. Upon evaluating your floors condition and material you can choose to restore your furniture and existing floors to save some money along the project.
Here are 4 easy options, to DIY:
1. FINISH dye
Mainly designed for oak, ash and stained floorings, Finish dyes improve shade and wood grain intensity. This allows you to enhance your floors color for a discreet change. It is simple to use it: you only have to integrate the dye to the desired finish to add some coloration. After, you follow the Finish manufacturer’s recommendations for the application.
If you use Finitec product, just know that it is not mandatory to sand to bare wood before the application. It can be done over any finish already in place.
2. DESIGN paint
DESIGN paint has aroused a great deal of interest in the restoration of parquet floors. Even for wood or cork floors.
For those who have Parquet floors, are probably desiring to cover up the yellowing that has appeared on their floor over time. Unfortunately, to remove Parquet floors is an intense amount of labour and time. Instead, for those who lack patience and wish to forego a lot of headaches, DESIGN paint, a finish base paint will be your best bet. It is resistant enough for floors and available in 23 colors, offering a great variety to reset any rooms decor.
DESIGN paint is simple to use since you don’t have to sand your floor to bare wood. Just ensure you clean the floor surface well with a floor degreaser such as Finitec Surface Preparation to ensure a great adhesion. After, you only have to roughen the surface and apply 2 coats of paint. For a superior resistance and to protect the paint pigment, we recommend 1 to 2 clear coat on top.
If your floor is bare wood, no problem. Before painting, we recommend to use a floor sealant. This is meant to help to avoid the paint to entering too deep into the wood. This would make it hard to remove in a future restoration. Once the sealant applied, you only have to add 2 coats of paint and 1 to 2 coats of clear coat for an optimal protection.
If your floor is already finished, staining it will be a bit more complicated. You will have to sand it to bare wood first. This is so the stain can be absorbed by the wood, to hold and give its color.
If your floor is already to bare wood, you may start the stain application following the manufacturer’s recommendations.
When choosing a stain, pay special attention to its composition. Some stains are more toxic than others and application methods may vary.
Waterborne stains are a great choice and it is best to opt for a non-toxic, easy to apply stain. They dry fast but still allow time for wiping it to avoid overlapping.
Once you have applied your stain, make sure to coat it with a high end finish.
4. Floor paint + SOLIDEX
This option is for almost any type of flooring. For instance, it’s time to update the basement concrete floor but are limited on budget? Simply apply a floor paint on the concrete and add a coat of SOLIDEX protector, you will have a resistant solution and a brand new look to your space. With the many different colour options, your imagination is the only thing holding you back.
You should feel well equipped to give your space a breath of fresh air!
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Good luck on your project!