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Did you know that wood floors are like chameleons and can change color instantly? Okay just kidding! But just because the natural color of your wood floor or stairs is a certain color doesn’t mean you are stuck with it. Some species of wood you can just stain and change the color that way. Others require a bit more skill, knowledge and technique to change the color.
Let’s take a look at these wood stairs and landing I was able to transform for one of my clients in Neenah, WI. This project was definitely more challenging than others, as the customer wanted to go from the natural red tones of mahogany, to a more subtle brown tone. In addition to this, the landing area between the flights of stairs was in a herringbone pattern which makes additional work for the sanding process, especially because this floor was going to be stained a different color. Knowing that this floor was about to undergo some major changes, it was crucial to make sure that we set ourselves up for success. When sanding a floor, we want to sand with the grain of the wood, so that any minor scratch marks from sanding are oriented the same way as the pattern of the wood grain. However, it is impossible to do this with a herringbone pattern, because the boards are oriented in such a way that the wood grain faces different directions. In order to minimize the scratch marks from sanding we used machines and various grits of and paper to achieve a scratch free surface from a standing upright position. This was done using an edger and then followed up with a rotex sander.
Once we had finished sanding and removed all the finish off of the herringbone landing and the stairs, it was time to start changing the color of the mahogany floor. In order to remove the natural red color from the floor, we needed to use a two-part commercial bleach on the floor. This isn’t your normal type of household bleach, and as such, it required a lot of protective gear for the application. We avoided any unnecessary risk by protecting our skin, hands, eyes and respiratory system from this bleach. Once we mixed up the bleach we applied one coat evenly over the floor and then let it sit until it was completely dry, and then applied a second coat. The bleach requires about 24 on the floor to be effective, which after that time we washed the floor with clean water to neutralize its affect.
After the bleaching process was complete, the red tones of the floor were gone and we had a very neutral pallet to work with. The final color for the floor involved two custom colors of Rubio Monocoat that were layered over top of each other. The first color was applied, and then 16 hours later, the second custom color was applied over top of that to give the floor its final signature touch. We couldn’t have been more thrilled with the outcome of this project.
When it comes to hardwood flooring, the benefit over other types of flooring is that the color can be changed without having to replace the floor. So, if you have a floor that you want to change to a unique color contact us, we would love to give your floor a Signature look!
Have you ever noticed how changing the color of a room can drastically change the feel and appearance of that room. As a kid I remember when my mom told me that I could paint the color the wall in my room any color I wanted. I remember how exciting that was! It’s like that when you get to change the color of hardwood floor. That is one of the beauties of hardwood flooring is that no matter how old it is you can have it refinished and change the color of it. There’s many different ways and techniques that you can do to change the color of you your hardwood floors. Unlike tile, Carpet, laminate, luxury vinyl, and other hard surfaces. Hardwood is also a renewable source and we like to utilize a lot of eco-friendly green certified products to ensure that the environment and us are safe as possible. So let’s dive into a few different color topics.
How to choose the right stain colors?
So we’re gonna go over this real briefly but one of the questions is how do you choose the right stain color for the room that you want to have refinished. So a lot of it goes into a little bit deeper than just trim paint color you have to look at the choice of the stain color or the flooring color as just a small part of the over all interior feel that you want. So when we look at helping customers choose a color for their hardwood floors. we try to get a feel for what the space is going to be once it’s fully furnished. So overall you want to take the whole space Decour paint color trim crêpe Paris accent pillows all of these different things into consideration when you’re choosing the right color for your hardwood floors.
Stain samples. There’s many different ways of choosing a stain sample and here are a few of them. Having just a sample board of hardwood with the stain color on it is one option. Looking at pictures of furnished rooms with the same species of wood is another option. Stain fans which are generally a small Venere peace with the stain color on it another option is to visit house HO stain samples. There’s many different ways of choosing stain sample and here are a few of them. Having just a sample board of hardwood with the stain color on it is one option. Looking at pictures of furnished rooms with the same species of wood is another option. Stain fans which are generally a small veneer piece with the stain color on it another option is to visit house Houzz or Pinterest for stain or color ideas. We prefer to do the stain samples directly on the species of wood in your home. We found that wow the sample boards are a good idea they’re not necessarily accurate. One depending upon the species of wood you can drastically change if the floor is aged. Let’s take for example maple flooring. Depending upon the age of the maple how much sun exposure can change what the flooring looks like overtime so this can drastically change the color of the stain that is applied.
Light floors to dark?
Yes light floors can be changed to dark this generally requires a floor to be refinished but it is not something that cannot be done.
Dark floors to light?
This is a little bit more difficult depending upon the species of all the wood and how it sanded. If the floor is water popped and let’s see it’s maple sometimes the dark can penetrate very far down into the wood floor and this can require additional sanding to remove the color especially when going light.
Stain vs Natural?
There are benefits to stand or colored hardwood compared to natural. Now if you have a rustic home like a log cabin or cabin in general a natural rustic floor can look very elegant in that space. But if you have more of a colonial or a traditional type house you probably don’t want to do something rustic because that style isn’t going to fit so you could go with a little bit less lower grade of flooring and have it stained and get a really rich lock to the floor. So to stay in or keep it natural depends upon what the space looks like and the feel.
Dying a Floor
Dying a wood floor is a process of introducing a pigment that can changes the base color of the wood. It allow us to then do stain over top. This adds another depth of color and can also make certain woods be more consistent in color. Floors that don’t accept stain very well like maple and birch. Dying the floor can get it to be much more consistent in color.
Reactives are different chemicals that get applied to the floor and react in different ways with the natural tendencies of the wood. They can cause some pretty cool and dramatic effects in wood.
Changing the original color of wood can be challenging. Even if you try dye and or stain the color, if prominent can still show through strong. Like brazilian cherry, mahogany have a very strong red tone. What the bleach does is remove the color from the wood by chemical reaction. The downside to bleaching is that it does break down the wood fibers and makes the wood not as hard.
These are just a few things to consider when adding color to your wood floors. It can change a space and make it feel more inviting modern classic contemporary all of these can be achieved just by changing the color of your flooring and this is one thing that I just absolutely love about hardwood flooring and just how even after floor that’s 100 years old it can be transformed into this beautiful floor that that just sets off an old house. Or even if it’s a 10-year-old house and the floor is a little dated or you wanna update it just changing having the floor refinishing changing the color of it whether it’s a stain dies all of these different things can just drastically make the room feel so many different ways. The sky is the limit when it comes to color with your hardwood floors!
“Aaron from Signature Custom Flooring did a breath taking job on putting Ash hardwood floors in our kitchen and dining room and 2 hallways. We would highly recommend Aaron for any project one would have concerning hardwood flooring. He is truly Professional! What an amazing man to work with. We are overwhelmingly pleased! Thanks Signature Custom Flooring for a job well done!”
– Anna Stratton, Hartford
“After seeing the bad shape my floors were in I was doubtful they would ever look “amazing”, but Signature Custom Flooring did a fantastic job!!! I would absolutely recommend hiring Aaron. I’ll for sure recommend him to anyone that needs their floors done.”
– Robert Orde, Green Bay
“Aaron did a beautiful job on our floors. After 15 years, they were in need of refinishing. Aaron restored the original beauty of the maple floors and suggested a water-based finish instead of the oil-based. No more gold floors!!! We also appreciate that there was virtually no dust to clean up. Great job Aaron. Thank you for making our floors beautiful again.”
– Lisa Paul, Oshkosh
“Aaron is an incredibly hard worker with incredible expertise on hardwood flooring. I had NO idea the amount of information out there on species of wood, finishes, etc. and Aaron was so helpful in explaining it all and making sure we got the floor we really had cooked up in our imagination. We could not be happier! The price was great, the service was fantastic and we got exactly what we wanted. I would recommend Aaron to anyone!”
– Nicole Waltemath, Oshkosh
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