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Is your hardwood floor looking worn out, dingy and scuffed? Instead of tearing it up or paying thousands to have it refinished, why not give it an entirely new look? Whitewashing your hardwood floor to give it a beach-like vibe is a project you can tackle yourself in the span of two days. When you're finished, you'll have a relaxed, artsy looking floor that can serve as the base for some unique interior designs. If whitewashing your old hardwood floor sounds like the way to go, follow these steps:
Step 1: Sanding and cleaning the floor.
Sanding the floor serves two purposes. It ensures that any rough patches are smoothed out so that you don't get splinters when walking across the floor. It also removes the finish, so your whitewash can soak into the floor boards properly.
If you can rent a floor sander, this will make the job go a lot faster. Many equipment rental stores carry sanders and will rent them out by the hour. You'll only need yours for a few hours. Start with coarse-grit sandpaper, and work your way from one side of the floor to the other. Sweep up the dust, and make sure all of the finish has been removed from the floorboards. If not, keep sanding with the coarse-grit paper until it is. Then, go over the whole floor with fine-grit sandpaper to smooth it out.
If you're not able to rent a floor sander, then you'll need to sand the floor by hand. Follow the same basic process -- coarse paper and then fine paper. Enlist a few friends to help and the sanding will move along faster.
Once you're finished sanding, vacuum up all of the dust with a shop vac. Then, wipe down the entire floor with a damp cloth to remove the last remnants of dust.
Step 2: Preparing the whitewash.
While you can buy whitewash in stores, it is often cheaper to make your own. Plus, when you make your own whitewash, you can control the consistency. You can make a slightly thicker whitewash if you prefer more even coverage on your floor, or a thinner wash if you prefer a more translucent look.
Start by pouring a gallon of white latex paint into a big, 5-gallon bucket. Add a gallon of water, and stir to combine. This gives you a medium-consistency whitewash. Paint some of it on a scrap piece of wood to see if you like the consistency. Add more paint if you prefer it thicker or more water if you prefer it thinner.
Step 3: Applying the whitewash.
Start on the far side of your room, working your way towards the door. Dip a large paint brush into the whitewash, and then wipe most of the excess whitewash off on the side of the bucket. Sweep this brush back and forth against a section of the floor, working in the direction of the wood grain. Repeat this process across the entire floor until you reach the doorway. Step back and admire your work!
Step 4: Applying the protective coating.
Give the whitewashed floor an entire day to dry. Then, take a matte polyurethane coating (don't use a glossy coating -- this will make your floor look shiny and unnatural), and dip a large sponge brush into the coating. Paint the coating onto the floor, once again starting at the far end of the room and working towards the door.
The polyurethane coating will need at least a day to dry before you should walk on it. To prevent furniture from leaving little dings and dents, wait at least three days before moving furniture back into the room.
If you feel you cannot do this yourself, or if you want to learn of other options, talk with hardwood floor refinishing experts in your area.