The “before” photo.

 Whether replacing floors or refinishing, it is a crucial element in home design or a cost-effective decision if you are putting your home on the market; especially if your floors are worn or outdated- it’s one of the first things that potential buyers look at. For this remodel I took the existing rooms in consideration and matched the kitchen floors; a design strategy to make the space look bigger without moving any walls since we were limited with space.

Tips for refinishing your floors:

  • Are your floors engineered or solid hardwood? Engineered floors only have a thin top layer making sanding impossible; taking the proper steps to insure floors are finished without damage is crucial. Seek professional advice for any DIY projects.
  • Stick with moderately dark stains if you are reselling; ebonized floors while bold and modern are personally and that’s the last thing you want when selling your home. Ebony floors also show dirt and dog hair more, so be careful when selecting.
  • Matte finish versus glossy? Matte is a lot more forgiving while glossy will bring out more imperfections.
  • Lighter finishes: gray tones- Gris Beige and Silver Gray from Monocoat work great.
  • No V.O.C from Rubio is a great eco-friendly product that I’ve had much success with.



Matching floors takes patience! My crew and I played with a few combinations before getting it just right; you don’t want your floors to be flat; it’s better to mix in three shades than two. We were matching the floor to the adjoining dining room and hallway which had a hint of mahogany that took a few tries to get right but we nailed it in the end. It was important to have the floors appear that they were already a part of home.






posted August 15, 2013

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