- 11 years ago
- Wedding: March 2012
You can buy stain at your local home depot/lowes/diy shop or local hardware place. I recommended buying some scrap pieces of wood that match your floor color and buy a few samples(small cans) of stain and see what color you like best on the test wood.
Keep in mind darker floors make the room look smaller
You can do alot of it yourself but its extremely labor intensive,
You need to first sand your floors with a hand sander you can rent one from your local hardware store. Dust gets everywhere so i recommended closing off that room with a sheet, tarp, ect before you sand.
After you have sanded everything down you need to vacuum vacuum vacuum i cannot stress that enough any little dust will make your stain blotchy, will also make your stain gritty.
you can stain your floor with a simple paint brush and roller, or you can simply hand stain with a cloth.
I would start in one corner and end in an area where you can scoot out of the room without stepping on the stain.
Stain will need to set about 48 hours, or until you rub a cloth over it and dont see any extreme runoff.
After your stain is dry your ready for polyurethane coat, this is extremely detail oriented as there can be no dust no prints no nothing on the floor as it will stick to your polyurethane. I used a huge 5 gallon for 3 rooms, and just used a paint roller and changed the roller room. Paint the floor with the polyurethane as you were painting a wall. You cannot touch it all, or even let anything fall on it as it will smudge/permanently stick to the coat. Repeat the second, third coat of urethane for the next 3 days so each day gets one coat.
Pm me if you need more details or have questions. 🙂
I’ve done this before.