Refinishing Hardwood Floors? Make it Count!

By: Natalie Morris, Contributing Writer
In: Product review
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Maybe you love your wood floors but hate the color. Maybe you recently pulled up some truly hideous carpet and discover great hardwood … but it needs serious TLC. Or maybe daily wear-and-tear from your family’s constant comings and goings has scuffed your wood floor’s shine beyond recognition?

Whatever the cause, if you’ve got solid wood floors, chances are good that someday you’ll have to deal with refinishing them. In some cases you may be able to get away with simply buffing or waxing, but refinishing hardwood floors will restore them to their true glory and beauty.

The process may seem like a pain, but there’s a hidden benefit here that’s easy to miss: this is the perfect opportunity to change the look of your space completely in a fairly simple manner. What other remodeling project gives you such a dramatic change at such a low cost? If you complete the work yourself, your expenses will largely include several gallons of stain and a sander rental.

Once you empty out the room in question and get your hands on a drum sander, you’ll soon bring most solid wood floors down to a fairly light color that can be stained nearly any shade. Design experts such as Martha Stewart recommend choosing your stain color very carefully when refinishing hardwood floors. In fact, Stewart’s team encourages homeowners to create custom stains the same way you would mix paint colors until you find just the right shade to fit your particular wood floor.

Whether you opt to hire a professional to refinish your hardwood floor or do the work yourself, be patient with the process because it does take time. But that patience will pay off with a gorgeous new solid wood floor that will add beauty to your home for years to come.

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