Making Your Wood Floors Look Like New
When your hardwood floors look tired and dated, you have options for restoring their shine and charm without repairing or replacing them.
Hardwood floors can last a lifetime, but when they show their age, it might be time for a makeover. Bring the beauty of your floor back with these effective options to bring style and life back to your home without breaking your budget!
Buffing Your Hardwood Floors
Buffing, also called screening, can work well for floors that look worn or scratched in the finish but the damage doesn’t extend to the actual wood.
Buffing your hardwood floors will help restore their luster and beauty. You can do this by removing a small layer of the finish and then applying a new coat of finish.
If your hardwood floor has been waxed, this option won’t work as the wax will need to be removed first. If this is the case, you have the option to re-wax the floors and polish them so that they look like new!
Paint to Create a Fresh Look
If your floors are too damaged for a buffing, paint is a relatively cheap way to completely change the look of your floors and add a contemporary feel.
In order for the paint to properly adhere to the floor, you’ll first need to remove the floor’s sealant or wax and roughen the floor.
Remember that if your hardwood floors have been repeatedly refinished, sanding your floors again may not be an option for the paint to attach, so be careful when attempting this project as a DIY.
Decorate to Conceal Wear
When you want to make your floors look less damaged but don’t want the effort or cost of painting or buffing, you can decorate your room or home to conceal the wear.
For example, large decorative rugs can hide floors and add to the décor of a space. You can also apply a fresh coat of paint to the walls and add unique furniture or features to the room. Modern furniture and contemporary hardware with a trendy paint color or even a feature wall can add charm and style to the space.
This type of decorating will take the focus away from your damaged or worn hardwood floors and instead provide the space with a more modern feel that updates your home’s décor.
Install a New Floor Over the Old One
You may have the option of installing what’s called a floating floor over your old damaged hardwood floor for a completely new look.
A floating floor isn’t fixed to the existing floor; therefore, your existing floor will need to be level and secure before considering this option. In a floating floor, foam is used to cover the existing floor and the planks of the new floor are secured together on top.
In order to discover if you have the option of doing a floating floor, ask your professional flooring contractor if your floor is level and secure enough to support a new floor over it.
Ready for a Floor That Looks Like New?
You can upgrade the look of your hardwood floors even if you aren’t invested in repairing or replacing them with these choices.
When trying to decide whether to DIY or ask a professional, always be sure you’re comfortable tackling a project so you don’t further damage your existing floors.
Whether you choose to buff your floor, add a coat of paint, or are ready to invest in some new décor or possibly a floating floor for your home, you can still make your hardwood floors just as stylish as they were when they were new!