Our Bedroom Floor is a Mess!

Diane Forte Barfield
by Diane Forte Barfield
6 Materials
2 Days
Our Bedroom Floor was a rustic wood, which was beautiful...until it wasn't. Apparently it was never sealed so every drip of water, every stain, every scratch showed.
Doesn't look too bad, right? But up close was a different matter.
Dark spots.
Water spots.
Big scrapes.
We had to do something and we decided to try to redo the floor. We started by cleaning out the room and then dusting all the woodwork and the headboard which is attached to the wall. We scrubbed the floor with a brush and mop using Murphy's Oil Soap.
My husband worked so hard.
I used paint tape around the baseboards. I truly hate taping, but if you do your prep work, you will be so glad later.
This is wood stain called Provincial. We applied it using a stain pad. You get them in the paint section of Lowe's.
We did NOT have to sand our floor because it had no sealer on it. If your floor does, you will need to sand it or hire someone to sand it. Sanding can be hard and it makes a huge mess. As we spread the stain on with the pad, we also wiped off the excess with a rag. You can see the difference in color with the pad and after wiping.
After the stain dried (We gave it 24 hours) we applied a layer of polyurethane. We used satin for the least shine. We used brushes for this. Be patient and go board by board.
If you want more shine or a golden color, those are available.
Do NOT use cheap brushes..they shed and you will end up with bristles in your finish. Some brushes do not do well with these strong materials. These are wonderful.
This is the floor with the poly on. It is now drying. I can't wait to get back in and set up the furniture. Don't be afraid to tackle a floor. You can do it!
Here it is, dry and ready for furniture
Suggested materials:
  • Murphy's Oil Soap   (Walmart)
  • Long handled scrub brush   (Lowes)
  • MinWax wood stain   (Lowes)
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  • Leesa Osborne Leesa Osborne on Mar 15, 2018

    I have real hardwood floors and the top finish is falling off. Should I sand these before trying to restain and poly them?

  • Donna Donna on Jan 23, 2019

    Can the floors be fake wood

  • Jo Jo on Jan 30, 2019

    I have Engineered wood floors. There are scratches from my dog's nails in several areas. Also, the floors faded where there was a rug. Will this method fix this?

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  • Carol Cole Carol Cole on Oct 08, 2018

    OMG I love this , finally someone that likes a light stained floor.

  • Heje Heje on Jan 23, 2019

    A lot of hard work for the two of you and a beautiful floor to show for it. Thanks for sharing!