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Some floors just need a recoating to revitalize their beauty.

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What is Rubio Monocoat?

Rubio Monocoat is a hardwax oil that contains a unique blend of natural plant oils that molecularly bonds to the wood fibers and protects the hardwood. This not only protects the inside of the wood, but it also remains on top of the wood to add a second layer of protection. This is main difference with hardwax oils and penetrating oils. Penetrating oils only protect from within but don’t sit on top of the hardwood. However, with Rubio’s technologies it creates a dual protection for the wood flooring.

 

Creating a Unique Look

Having the ability to create something unique that will compliment your style and decor is always an added benefit. This is one of the main reasons that we love using Rubio Monocoat. The ability to mix and match different colors or layer them to create a field of depth is unique to this product. This allows us to color match or create a custom color regardless of the species of wood. The following projects in Neenah, WI were all custom color projects that we were able to create to match the client’s desired look.

 

Rubio Monocoat Refinishes in Neenah

Not only do we do refinishes in Neenah but all of the Fox Valley. Today we are going to show you 3 hardwood floor refinishers in Neenah. These floors were all black walnut, which is one of my favorite wood species, as it has such a unique and beautiful grain pattern. These three refinishes where all unique, not only in color, but also included the layout, pattern of the wood and how it was laid out.

 

Intriguing Brown Grey Walnut   

 

This walnut floor was previously coated with a film finish, and while it looked good to most people, we knew that we could make this black walnut floor stand out. The current finish on the floor was hiding its beauty instead of putting it on display. We knew that this floor was in need of Rubio Monocoat to display its full potential, so we started prepping the floor to be refinished. As we started sanding the floor to remove the old finish, we noticed that the floor had suffered from cupping due to the higher humidity in the house. This particular house was a lakefront property, which added to the challenge of maintaining proper humidity to keep the floor in its best shape, but we will cover this in another article. With a little bit of extra work, we were able to get the floor smooth and flat. We then recoated the floor with Rubio Monocoat and revealed the amazing floor that we knew was there all along.

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Cool grey brown color on Black Walnut floor

 

 

 

 

 

 

New Kitchen with Warm Brown Tones

This project was a really fun one to work on. We got to see how the space was transformed from multiple rooms into one beautiful open space. After the remodeler had removed all the walls in the kitchen, re-drywalled, and painted the space, it was time for us to install the walnut flooring. To read more about the process of this cool project read more here . Once we had finished installing the floor the remodelers came back and finished installing all the cabinets and other things. When we refinish a floor in a home remodel, we like the hardwood floor refinishing part to be one of the last things to be completed. The reason for this, is that while other people are working in your home, such as contractors, painters etc, there is a good chance that your floors could get scratched or dented in the process. If we refinish the floors last, we are able to take out any minor imperfections that may have been caused by the others working on your remodel project. With this particular project, we refinished the floor, and then applied a warm brown Rubio Monocoat color to the floor. The final product was a warm inviting color that enriched the grain tone and overall look of the floor. having to work in your house and on your floors there’s chances of things happening to the floor.

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Walnut floors gracing this new kitchen

 

 

 

 

 

 

Historic House with Parquet Floor  

This historic house is located in the city of Neenah,WI. It has some of the coolest rooms I’ve seen. My inner designer self was geeking out over all the architectural details that were in this space. From the fireplace with built in bookcases surrounding it, to the expansive space of the room. We knew that changing the color of the walnut floor to a more modern color along with the unique look of Rubio Monocoat would really set this grand space apart! Now there had been some movement in these floors in how they were installed over seventy years ago. Back then, they would install the floor using a tar like substance to adhere the floor to the subfloor. Along with the glue loosening up over time, foundational shifts and not keeping the temperature and humidity consistent cause the wood to move. This had caused there to be gaps in the floor, however, due to the age of the house it really just added to its character. Parquet flooring adds another level of challenge when sanding the floor because of the orientation of the wood. Each section of parquet flooring has a different orientation than the section next to it, which creates cross sanding when refinishing the floor. This requires another sanding technique to remove all cross sanding marks from each parquet section. Once we had completed the sanding process, we applied the custom color to the walnut parquet floor. You can see how each tile of parquet flooring glimmers as you look at it.

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Glimmering walnut floor

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

As you can see these walnut floors really enhanced the warmth and beauty of these rooms. It is not only due to the the fact that they have walnut floors in theses spaces, but also the color choices makes a vast difference too. Not only are we capable of refinishing walnut flooring but many different wood species. To see some of the other wood species we’ve worked on check out these floors!    

 

 

Having lived in the Fox Valley, there are a couple of places I like to visit when I work in Neenah, One of them is Timshel Cafe. It has this unique feel and a vibe of the old mixed with the new. The exposed brick and high ceilings creates a great atmosphere! Another of my favorite things to do is get out and walk through the parks that are close to the water.  My brother and sister-in-law used to live in the Neenah neighborhood, and we’d enjoy taking their dog for a walk in Riverside Park.  During the summer months in particular, it was such a peaceful setting watching the sun set behind all of the sailboats that were anchored in the marina. Neenah has always been a special place for me, so I was thrilled when I was contacted to refinish floors in a historic house that I used to walk by every time I was in the Neenah area.

 

The Beauty of Maple is Revealed

These wood floors that we refinished in Neenah were in pretty rough shape. These clients had just bought the house and wanted to give the wood floors a facelift. As you can see, the floors were in really rough shape and worn completely through the finish in places.  After talking with the clients, they told me that previous owners of the house had allowed their kids to skate on the floors and play hockey! The clients wanted the floors to have a rich dark tone to them, so we created a custom color that went well with their decor and tied in with the existing wood color. You can see how having their wood floors refinished transformed this space!

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Before old maple floor is refinished

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Old Maple floor after its been refinished

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Adding New with the Old

These clients had built this house in Neenah 20 years ago and had decided to add on to their existing red oak floors. We ended up removing some of the existing wood flooring so that we could feather, or tooth back, in the new flooring into the old to create a seamless transition between the old and new floor. Once we had all of the hardwood installed, we then sanded the floor and finished it with a natural oil sealer and two coats of a commercial finish. As you can see, there is a seamless transition between the old and new wood.

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Preparing to lace in wood flooring

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Seamless transition of old and new floors

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Worn-out Red Oak Transformed

These worn-out red oak bedroom floors had seen better days. They were in a couple of bedrooms and hadn’t been protected from the furniture sliding around, which had caused some dents and gouges in some of the wood. Once we sanded the floors, we stained and sealed them, completing the transformation. You can see how beautiful the once worn down floors became after they were refinished. So if your red oak floors look worn out, it may be time to have your wood floors refinished.

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Lots of worn patterns in this wood floor

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Brand new wood floor

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Historic House Revived

We had the opportunity to work on this historic house in downtown Neenah. The house had recently been sold and the new owners decided to restore it. Here you can see that the floor had some sanding imperfections and was in need of being refinished. We had done some previous work for one of their friends and they loved the look of her floors. We refinished the floors using Rubio Monocoat, which gave the floors a unique appearance in both look and feel.

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Old white oak floor prior to being refinished

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Cool brown floor after its been refinished

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Worn-out Stairs to a New Clean Look

These stairs were in desperate need of refinishing. As you can see, they were pretty worn out from years of traffic walking up and down them. Now it may not look like a big project, but stairs are very labor intensive. All corners and other areas that the sander can’t reach need to be hand scraped and then sanded by hand. We also had to color match the stairs to the existing trim, which is difficult in and of itself as stain matching is done completely by eye. You can see, once they’re all refinished they look stunning!

 

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Old stairs that where carpeted

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The beauty of these stairs revealed

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

These are just a few examples of some amazing wood floor transformations in Neenah that we’ve done. If you have a floor that needs to be refinished in the Neenah area, please feel free to contact us. If you live outside of the Neenah area, check out the areas we also service. We would love to transform your space too!  

 

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. 

Color Change

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.

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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.

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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!

Because there are so many different species of wood to choose from, it is not too often that we get a call to install a walnut floor. So, we were excited when we met with our client in Neenah, and he brought up that he wanted walnut floors in his kitchen space. He had looked at pictures of walnut floors, and then fell in love with them when he saw them firsthand after attending the Parade of Homes in the Fox Valley. I was really excited to install a walnut floor as it is one of my favorite wood species to work with due to its magnificent rich brown tones. Every wood species has its own pros and cons, and we take the time to help educate our clients so that they can make an informed decision and then choose a floor that is going to perform, look, and feel the way they want. During our initial consultation, we talked with our client about what they were looking for in the finished product, and were then able to help them choose the finish that would best showcase their new walnut floor. After that, it was time to get to work.

PREPARATION

Before we began the installation, we realized that the existing sub-floor needed to be strengthened to provide a solid base for our flooring. Per our request an additional 3/8″ thick plywood was added to the sub-floor to strengthen it. We then rolled on 1 coat of PU280 moisture barrier which provides a layer of protection between the sub-floor and the finished product. This prevents any potential  moisture from getting into the bottom side of the walnut flooring, and allows us to glue assist the walnut flooring to the sub-floor.

INSTALLATION

Now that we finished prepping the sub-floor, and the wood acclimated to the temperature and humidity of the house, it was time to start the installation process. We chose to nail and glue assist the flooring. The glue assist makes the floor sound much more solid, due to the fact that the glue keeps the flooring in direct contact with the sub-floor. installing-walnut-kitchen-remodel

 

 

 

 

 

 

INSTALLING TREADS

When installing stairs there is more than meets the eye. First we removed the existing treads and measured the rise and run of the stringers. The rise had changed because of the additional  sub-floor added up above and poor framing. Once we figured out what each step needed to be shimmed up to, we installed the treads with an adhesive that will flex with the wood as it expands and contracts.walnut-stairs-installation

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

SANDING & FINISHING

Now the floor has sat for a few weeks we are back to start the sanding process. filling-wood-flooringWe started with a rough cut for the sanding to flatten the floor. After that, we filled the knots and other milling imperfections in the flooring, and then sanded off the filler with a medium grit. We continued to sand the floor, moving up to a finer grit with each new cut. Sanding is very crucial to any wood floor, but even more so when using a Rubio Monocoat finish, which is what our clients chose. With Rubio Monocoat, the finish actually penetrates into the wood fibers and bonds to the moleculer structure of the wood, instead of forming a top layer on the wood like most traditional finished do. Because of this, you arent walking on any top coat of finish, so the floor needs to be sanded to remove even the smallest of imperfections. After we have sanded the floor to where we know it will perform well (different species of woods need to be sanded differently), we water-pop the floor to open the grain up so the Rubio Monocoat finish can penetrate into the wood. Once the wood has dried we applied one coat of Rubio Monocoat finish. Most of the time we only need to do one coat of Rubio Monocoat like the name states mono meaning one. However, with walnut flooring the grain is more open, so it requires two coats of Rubio, otherwise the floor looks “thirsty” and isn’t protected because the grain is still open. We then waited twelve hours after the first coat before we came back to apply the second and final coat of Rubio. walnut-wood-floor

 

 

 

 

This job in Neenah is now completed and they just need to wait twenty-four hours before the carpenters can get back on the floor and finish up. This was an exciting project due to the species of wood, and the unique finish that showcased the finished product. Even more rewarding though, was the look of amazement on our clients face when they saw their finished product for the first time. For us, there is nothing more important than the customer experince, and we know that we can create a floor that takes your breath away. If you love the unique pattern in this walnut floor, we would love to hear from you. We would love to create a walnut floor for you, or help you to find the floor of your dreams.

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