Hardwood Floor Makeover for Under $100!
We bought a new house in July. Our floors were painted with a buttery color yellow. They were not in good condition to begin with and the estimates to replace them were close to $2k for our dining room/living room combination. I decided to take matters into my own hands and find an easier, more cost effective solution.
The floors were painted, but I really didn’t want to repaint them. I also didn’t want to sand them down and restain them. So I did a little research on using gel stain. Unlike regular stain, gel stain can be applied over an existing finish. My go to brand General Finishes, didn’t let me down!
After a few test areas, I knew exactly what I wanted to do. I tried using an orbi sander, but it was too messy. There was dust everywhere and a lot of clean up. So I tried using a deglosser. I poured a little on a rag and wiped it on and wiped it off. The surface was cleaner and felt less glossy, but the test area wasn’t the best. The last test proved to be the best. I poured a small amount of deglosser on a test area and let it sit for a few seconds before wiping it off. I cleaned the area with mineral spirits.
And now now the magic happens!
I applied the stain with a paint brush. I chose one that is good to use with oil stain and a wide soft brush that is used for porch paint. After I applied the stain, I used the wide soft brush to dry brush it off. I had a rag soaked in mineral spirits at my side for the whole projleft. When I dry brushed the stain off I made sure to dip the wide brush on the rag to discharge the excess stain.
My floor took two coats of stain. I chose a water based General Finishes High Performance Top Coat to finish. Since the gel stain is oil based and the top coat is water based, you have to wait at least 72 hours before apply the top coat.
In total, I used about 1/2 quart of stain for this project. For less than $100 in materials I have a new beautiful floor!
I performed several test areas to see how I could achieve the look I wanted with the least amount of effort and expense.
General Finishes Jave Gel Stain and High Performance Top Coat
Our painted floor and our new stained floor
Our gorgeous results!
No sanding or removal of paint was done before we applied the stain.
After just two coats, all evidence of the painted floors is gone. There are surface scratches etc that I did not sand away or try to fill. The stain color is dark enough to hide them all.
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Published November 20th, 2017 1:59 AM