March 15, 2017

DIY EBONIZED White Oak Floors


The other afternoon I was sitting on the beach reading the Spring issue of Magnolia Journal. I came across an article that struck me to my core and I thought I'd share with you. There was a story about a woman who decided to purchase a ranch rather than retire from her normal job to a life of leisure. She was not a "rancher" so she had a lot to learn. On her first day of horse back riding lessons, the horse was spooked and when it jolted, the reins were wrapped around her fingers, pulling off the tips of two of them. She rushed to the hospital but the finger tips were lost. She became doubtful and fearful of her decision to start a new "ranching career." How many of us can relate? I know when I started the MBA I had similar doubts that I was making the right choices and that I was cut out for the program. And again, starting as an entrepreneur, I had those doubts and risked our income anyway. Well, the woman's daughter writes her a letter, and I'm paraphrasing, "If you continue to live by Fear, the world will get smaller and smaller." I can tell you for a surety that this is true. Live by faith, live with joy, and love failure, because it teaches you something. Let's commit to live without fear, the best we can- ok?

Speaking of learning, last spring I got educated in a fast way when Zack and I, as well as a flooring professional, completed three hardwood floor jobs in one weekend. It was insane, but I learned a lot about staining installed floors and best way to do it with my products. That's good news for you, because Weatherwood stains are the easiest way to stain wood, and the easiest way to stain flooring, too. Let me show you....

Materials

  • Long Handled Broom
  • Empty 5 Gallon Bucket
  • 2 Lint free, white rags


WOOD STAIN Directions



You can watch the video below, of check out the directions->
  1. Using this method 1 or 2 person's can work together. 
    Pour your gallons of Weatherwood Stain into the 5 gallon bucket. 
  2. Dip the broom into the bucket and lightly push the stain into the wood grain, cracks, and grooves. Unlike most waterborne finishes, the goal is not to wipe on and wipe off, but rather you should flood or drench the wood's surface and then allow the wood to absorb the stain. 
  3. Work in sections, a few planks of wood at a time. Either tape off the floor into sections or keep a wet edge as you work across the floor, this will avoid overlap marks. Do not stain half a piece of wood and then come back to stain the other half. Like regular stains, it will be difficult to blend the stain if the product dries mid board, and then you add more stain to the other half. 




  • As the wood dries, if spots occur, it's important to fix them while the floor is still wet. 
  • If foam/bubbles are caused by wood stain agitation, remove them from the wood's surface, don't leave them to dry. 
  • Work from the back of the room towards the door to work your way out of the room.  Allow wood to dry fully before applying topcoat.


Above you saw the time-lapse, isn't it amazing on white oak?! In real time, a piece of oak dries in about 30 minutes. But for a floor, with all those seams, it takes more like a 1-2 hours. 

If the floors have a blue tone, which is common in white oak stained with Reclamation and Salvage, then the Clear Maintenance Oil will fix that. It will also slightly darken and enhance the wood's natural tones, like white oak is a white/tan wood.

TOPCOAT Directions



You can watch the video above, or you can follow the directions below. If you're al, there's another faster way t apply this product. That's on the website. :)

1. Use one rag to apply oil to the wood's surface, working boards by board or in 10-12 inch sections. 
2. Apply oil and wipe off immediately with new clean rag. 
3. Keep working in sections, applying with one rag and wiping with the other.
4. You can apply up to three coats of maintenance oil. Each coat will continue to lighten the finished product. 
5. Allow maintenance oil to cure 24-48 hours. 
6. Either apply annually or as needed. Or apply Polyurethane overtop to seal the look for a maintenance free finished product.







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