When the idea for wood flooring transformation and improvement is born, many people are overwhelmed and particularly lost in the thousands of opportunities of treatments you can purchase for your wooden floor to make it look different, an enhanced and improved version of what you are now looking at and feeling bored and disappointed. Especially when it comes to moving in into a new house, people often are coming to us asking for what possibly can be done to change the look of these old, tired and sad floors. Well, if there are only a few options available, our answer would be short and simple, this is not the case right here, however. Before continuing to sharing more about the opportunities you can hop on, let us make you consider a few basic things – transforming the look of your wooden floor depends on a number of basic issues like budget, whether you are renting the space, or you have bought it, how much hassle you are willing to experience and, of course, the wooden floor itself, its age, condition, previous treatments and so on.
In case you are totally ready to face all the hassle of changing the look of a wood floor, then we have a few recommendations and suggestions. In general, the easiest way to transform the look and enjoy something different is by changing the colour. There are two main ways to change the colour – staining and painting. Here is a bit more information you have to be aware of. The two main advantages of painting your wooden floors are: you can achieve a really dramatic colour difference and this is something that can be hardly accomplished with staining. Another advantage of the staining method is the fact that the paint eventually will sit on the surface only, which make future colour changes possible and less hassle for you.
Painting often may seem like the easiest option, however, every alternative has its pros and cons and your choice will depend on a number of things and what will work best for your floor. Let’s have a look at all the steps that have to be done in order for the desired and long-lasting result to be achieved: the process starts with sanding so all the dirt and old finish build-ups to be removed along with all other types of smaller imperfections and the next steps include floor cleaning, priming, re-sanding, painting, drying, painting again and finally finishing. It looks like a lot of jobs and in fact, it is, so does it worth the time and energy spend, what do you think? This leads us to your second option – staining.
In many ways staining and the needed preparation beforehand may look very similar to painting. Which is the big difference between them both? Stains go beyond the surface of the wood and because of that, this is the more long-lasting solution. This makes all the hassle coming with the preparation kind of easier to be survived since you won’t be pressured to do all the job all over again every now and then. However, the main downside of staining is the fact that colour change possibilities are significantly less dramatic in this case. Besides being less dramatic, staining, unlike painting, doesn’t offer that much of variety of choice and this is not a great option for all of you with a wild imagination!
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