If you desire a rustic look and feel in your home, you can purchase all the decorations needed to make that happen. But, if you have modern hardwood flooring in that space, you'll find that the rustic look you're going for isn't as achievable as what you first thought. To complete the rustic look, you'll need to spend about a day or so beating up on your floor to give it the look you desire. This guide walks you through the steps needed to create a rustic looking hardwood floor, and have fun doing it.
Step 1: Get the Items You Will Need
Visit your home improvement store, rent a stand-behind floor sander and ask the associate for the correct sanding discs to remove the stain or varnish from the floor. Then collect these items:
- drywall scraper
- vacuum cleaner with attachments
- heavy chain
- paint roller with a long handle
- wood stain in your choice of color
Step 2: Sand the Floor
Put on your goggles to protect your eyes, and the facemask to prevent yourself from breathing in sawdust. Run the stand-behind sander over the entire floor area until all the varnish and/or stain is removed.
Step 3: Vacuum the Floor
Vacuum the sawdust off the floor. Attach the corner attachments and vacuum the dust from the corners of the room, and other hard to reach places such as along the edge of the floor and wall.
Step 4: Scrape the Floor
Fill a bucket with some water and wet a small area of the floor with the sponge. Use the drywall scraper to scrape against the grain to create an old look. Be careful not to scrape too hard so that you don't end up with feathering pieces of wood.
Repeat this step until the entire floor is scraped. Then vacuum up the dust once more.
Step 5: Beat the Floor Up
While the previous steps take a lot of work, this is where the fun begins. Grab the chain and the hammer and stand off to the side of the floor. Envision where you want the floor to have imperfections. Try to be as random as possible, so there is no pattern. A pattern can look more manufactured instead of naturally rustic.
Once you know where you want your imperfections to be, hit the wood hard with the chain. In other areas, hit the floor with the hammer. In other spots, hit the floor with the claw side of the hammer.
Step 6: Apply the Stain
Vacuum the floor again to remove any remaining dust particles. Then apply the stain with the long-handled paint roller. Allow the floor to dry for about 12 hours and apply another coat.
Once the stain is dry, go ahead and set up the furniture and decorations in the desired fashion. Ask your contractor for other ideas to help your space look as rustic as you have envisioned it.
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