June 26, 2019

DIY Reclaimed Pine Floors & Our Florence Neighborhood

Hey friends! Florence is finally warming up and I thought it was the perfect time to show you our neighborhood. This is the intersection our AIRBNB is on. You can see we live in the middle of the tourist district, so basically we're in a mall. The buildings are mostly sienna coloured plaster and grey stone. The streets in Florence are alive with the sounds of street performers and always smell like (Italian) food. Note, there is no Italian food in Italy. It's all just "food"! ;)Each week we've been here the crowds have grown and it can sometimes take 10 extra minutes to navigate these streets. We don't have a car here, though we rent them from time to time. So everything we do is "a piedi" on on foot.

The project this week is a BIG one! Sharing show to refinish those pesky hardwood floors and bring them into the 21st century. I've shared tutorials for more common floors species, white oak, red oak, & maple. These floors are PINE and they look amazing refinished!


  • These floors are Pine 


1.] SAND
We had our floors sanded by professionals, since this is the trickiest part to refinishing floors when using Weatherwood Stains. Normally, floors are tricky all the way around- sanding, staining, and topcoating, but we make things easier with our products. We had them sanded to a 120 grit and them they were ready for stain. Another option is to purchase wood that's presanded and ready for a stain.


2.] STAIN:
After sanding- you can apply a heavy coat of  Weatherwood Stains' Pining wood stain. Do not wipe off- allow wood to absorb stain. This timelapse video condensed 30 minutes into a few seconds. You're gonna love watching it! It looks so cool-- the gray just sort of appears out of nowhere. You can see that I applied a heavy coat of stain and then the wood does the rest.

3.] SAND
After the floors were completely dry, we had them sanding with a higher grit, 220, just to smooth them out. It was a very light sanding, so it didn't effect the color at all. 

We use Weatherwood Maintenance Oils to LIGHTEN or DARKEN.  For professionals, this can also be applied with a floor buffer, but I didn't have one so I applied it by hand. First, shake very well! Wipe on the maintenance oil white with a clean white rag. Rub the oil into the wood and make sure there's no streaks. After 3-5 minutes the wood has absorbed all the topcoat it can. Use a CLEAN white rag to remove any excess from the wood. Allow the table (project) to set for 12-48 hours. Do not touch!


5.] PROTECT: Seal the floors with 2-3 coats of Weatherwood Polyurethane, we used Dead Flat.

If you have any questions, please let me know! I would love to help you get the perfect wood floor. You can save 10% on Weatherwood products, like you saw here, with code WELCOME10. I hope to see you at tomorrow's party!

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