How To Give A Worn Wooden Floor A Weathered, Beachy Look

Do you have an older wooden floor that's beginning to look a bit aged and worn? Rather than spending a lot of time and money to make it look polished and new again, why not embrace its worn look? The following guide shows you how to give your wooden floor a beachy, vintage look that will coordinate wonderfully with Bohemian chic, California-style, or even rustic country decor.

Supplies you'll need:

  • Fine and coarse grit sandpaper
  • Steel wool
  • A power sander (optional)
  • A vacuum cleaner
  • Clean cloths
  • Plenty of water
  • Plain, white latex paint (flooring paint is ideal, but regular interior wall paint will work, too)
  • Paintbrushes

Step 1: Sanding the floor.

There are two reasons to sand the floor. First, it will remove any rough patches so you do not get splinters when you walk across the old floor. Second, it will remove the finish, allowing the paint that you apply later on to stick better. With these goals in mind, set about sanding the floor. If you have a power sander, using it will save a lot of time, but you can certainly sand the floor by hand with some elbow grease! Use the coarse sandpaper first, as it will help remove any splinters, and then use the fine sandpaper to buff away any finish.

Step 2: Cleaning up the dust.

It's important to remove all of the dust from the floor so it does not get caught in the paint and affect the final texture of the floor. First, vacuum the floor to remove as much dust as possible. Use the wand attachment to get into the corners. Then, wipe the floor with moist cloths to remove the finer dust. Let the floor dry before proceeding; this should only take an hour or two.

Step 3: Paint the floor.

To give the floor a beachy, weathered look, you'll be watering down your paint to make what's essentially a whitewash. Combine 2 parts white paint with 1 part water. Make sure you mix well so that the paint has a consistent texture. Then, start in one corner and use a paintbrush to apply the paint to the floor. The paint should be slightly transparent. You don't want it to completely cover the wood.

Step 4: Weather the paint.

Once you have allowed the paint to dry completely, take your steel wool and buff some parts of the floor to give it a weathered look. This step is optional. If you like the way your floor looks after simply being whitewashed, feel free to leave it as is.

As you can see, giving an aging wooden floor a weathered look does not require a lot of money, just some time. It's a wonderful solution if you're on a budget but your floor is badly in need of a facelift.

For more tips on floor finishes, contact a professional like Cooper Floors.