How Do You White Wash Floorboards?
White washed timber floors create amazing results. Using simple acrylic white paint, white washed wood floors is relatively easy and inexpensive and will turn your floors into a beautiful feature.
If you have new floorboards laid, you probably won’t need to do a lot to make them look amazing. If that’s the case you only need to oil or seal them once they’ve been whitewashed and let the natural grain come through.
Feature Your Hardwood Floors With A White Wash
White washed floorboards looks stunning on old boards and bring light and space into a room; but they can be difficult to get perfect, so don’t stress if gaps or imperfections show up. That is part of the rustic charm of old wooden floorboards.
A whitewashed floor will pick up dirt and scuff marks rapidly, so remember to protect your floorboards with a topcoat or sealant that will be easier to clean than the whitewash itself.
An additional protective barrier with furniture will also help to minimise floor scuffing and scratching.
Can I Whitewash Darker Toned Hardwood Flooring?
Whilst it’s always possible to white wash dark hardwood timber, the finished product will be relative to what you have to work with from the start.
Should you be working with one of our typical Australian hardwood timber species such as Brushbox, Jarrah, Spotted Gum or perhaps even Turpentine, then you will need to reduce the natural colour of it first.
To do that, you’ll need to complete a process of bleaching the hardwood floorboards.
Hardwood floors can be bleached to remove the tannins, natural oils and waxes.
Before we take a look at the steps to whitewash your floors, lets first go over some tips to bleach the floorboards bringing them back to a neutral tone.
The safest and most efficient product for bleaching is a two part product named LiteniT which is a high strength, safe, VOC free, 2- component wood bleaching system. The 2 parts, both naturally occurring, bio-degradable oxidisers.
Use LiteniT to remove the natural colour from any bare wood. LiteniT will take out the red and lighten even the darkest timber.
Part (A) is the activator. Its job is to pull the tannin and natural colour from the wood to the surface. So expect the wood to go darker in colour when Part(A) is applied.
The following application process as described by Oak Timber Flooring is to:
Use a brush for small areas like furniture, bench tops or stairs as if you putting on a coat of varnish.
For larger areas cut in with a brush and use a string mop and bucket to apply as if you were washing the floor.
Don’t miss any spots and wipe off any areas that have pooled with product.
You just need to achieve a wet look. You will notice rather quickly as the tannin is drawn out he colour change can be quite dramatic depending on the species of wood.
Allow the’ surface to dry before applying Part (B).
Apply Part (B) Cut in around the edges with a cheap 90mm synthetic brush and be sure to apply plenty of product.
A medium house broom is ideal for applying the Part B as it works just like a big brush. Again, apply plenty of product and work it in with
the edges so not to miss anywhere. Try to keep to a spread rate of 10-12m2 per litre
Be careful with Part (B), as it is a strong grade H2O2 which is a oxidising agent and will burn your skin. So protect yourself with
chemical gloves and eye protection.
Application of Part (B) starts to bleach the extracted tannin and wood fibres, almost immediately.
You may notice some fizzing & foaming from the reaction and the colour changing rather quickly. This is normal.
Now you wait until the wood is dry.
Atmospheric conditions need to be factored in to the equation. Though usually overnight is required.
Once the wood is dry, that’s the level of bleaching achieved from that application. Some species of wood may require a repeat
of the process, if they are really dense like Grey Gum or notably high in tannin colour like Merbau.
Your next and very important step in the process, is cleaning the wood surface to remove all residues from the bleaching process. No coatings or finishes at all will stick or cure on the surface without cleaning.
Use fresh water and a small amount of detergent.
For floors, use the string mop and bucket and do the edges by hand with a cloth to get in close to skirting and corners. Once the wood is dry from
cleaning, this is the level of bleaching achieved.
Once the job is clean and you notice some missed spots, just apply some more Part(B) with a brush.
Leave for 60-90 mins, then clean off and allow to dry.
The bleached wood may be finished with any wood washes, stains, waxes, oils and water based clear coatings you prefer.
It is not advised to use solvent based coatings as they will turn yellow immediately.
Can You Run Hardwood Flooring Parallel To Your Joists?
The direction in which your hardwood flooring is laid is generally up to you.
There are some cases where technical specs need to be followed, however in most cases a choice of direction can be made.
In cases where hardwood timber is laid directly onto joists (subfloor structure), then you will have to lay them at right angles for obvious reasons, leaving you with no choice.
So the first thing you’ll need to think about is the direction of your floor joists.
Where plywood is screwed directly to floor joists as a barrier between the hardwood floor boards, in most cases it’s still the conservative option to go perpendicular across the flooring joists.
Should you decide to go parallel to the joists, then you might end up with areas of floor covering that aren’t totally supported.
Over time, this can result in the plywood sagging in between the joists, and if the plywood drops, it could possibly cause your hardwood floor to twist and buckle causing major issues and unpleasant aesthetics.
If your laying floorboards over particle board, or concrete slab with battens or any other type of core solid structure, then you have the option of which direction.
Newer residential homes or those typically built later than 1990, are subjected to more rigorous building regulations. Newer houses have more level sub-floors that are required by code to meet minimum deflection scores.
The directions you lay hardwood floors in a new house is based more on visual and style factors as opposed to the directions of the joists. In these instances the wood floor planks are normally laid in parallel to the longest run or wall in the installation.
It’s always best practice to inspect the sub-floor first to identify the levelness and evenness.
Any sagging or bounce across the sub-floor will be noticeable. Where there are instances of this you’re going to have to either repair the subfloor structure or lay the floorboards perpendicular to achieve greater structural strength.
Try to avoid altering directions in your flooring in various spaces, and do your finest to prepare the layout prior to starting your floor installation.
Our Top Tips For Determining The Laying Direction Of Your Floorboards
Front door way or long hallway
If you’re laying a hardwood floor near your front door or through a long hallway, you may want to consider laying it so the boards run perpendicular to the entrance, if you can. Why? Laying the boards in this way allows them to flow naturally with traffic and just looks better.
This space is a short hallway leading into a family room to merge the two spaces together and to lead the way into the family room they have run the flooring along the length of the hallway.
If you’re laying your new floor in one particular room, like a bedroom, for instance, it’s wisest to lay the floorboards parallel to the longest wall in the room to give the illusion of a larger space.
Where possible, always begin in the corner furthest away from the door. Doing so will leave the last board at the door which can be cut in and around for a perfect fit.
In an open concept space a focal point is necessary and here they chose to run the flooring leading through to the grand fireplace
Natural Light Source
You might want to consider running the boards in the direction of the light if you’re installing your new hardwood flooring in a room with lots of natural light.
That’s due to the fact that if you run them perpendicular to the light, the light will run throughout each individual joint, and any minor variation with the boards will appear and cast a small shadow.
Running your flooring in the same direction as the light removes this problem and makes for a clean-finished flooring.
In this room the decision was made to run the flooring the length of the room there by accentuating the natural light and broadening the overall space.
You can opt to lay your floor on the diagonal or choose a fascinating pattern like a herringbone.
When done properly, patterns can add depth and dimension to a room and are undoubtedly beautiful when finished.
Patterns in hardwood flooring, especially complicated ones like herringbone, truly require a specialised floor installation company lay, so it’s most likely not a smart choice if this is your first go-round at laying a wood floor.
Striving for that cool, calm and collected Scandinavian look? Well it seems you’re not alone.
When you think Scandinavian style, you typically think picturesque mountain lodges featuring simplicity, minimalism and functionality.
The light, bright interior styling we associate with the Scandinavian style is a great way to give your home a fresh, clean feel.
Australians have fallen in love with the trendy contemporary look of a stylish and uncluttered design.
Whilst functionality and simplicity are at the forefront of design, Scandinavian styles aim to maximise natural materials and light.
Timber floors that are naturally light in colour or perhaps have been bleached, lime-washed, oiled, waxed or low sheen white brush stroke painted reflects light well, and its those timber grains and tones bring warmth, texture and feel to the natural outdoor world.
Where to start?
…Pale white is the ideal colour tone for a Scandinavian design.
A floor in a light hue creates an optical illusion of space in rooms with ceilings lacking in height.
The natural characteristics like knots and cracks in Pine timber floor boards when lime washed produce a lively and elegant ambiance in a contemporary manner.
Choosing a blank canvas allows you to create an atmosphere of simplicity and serenity. By choosing light colours as your canvas, you can easily decorate the space with personal mementos and lamps and furniture emphasised by durability, beauty, functionality, and natural forms.
Add character with splashes of colour using pillows, lamps graphic art or designer accessories in vivid tones.
Not sure which Nordic style floor to go for? Why not view our collection of some stylish Scandinavian style wood flooring.
If you’re looking for a new timber floor and considering a Scandinavian style, reach out and speak to us at Freedom Flooring.
We know the questions to ask to help you reach a conclusion about what specific style of Nordic floor would best work for your home, your lifestyle and your budget. Our priority is that you get the best timber floor for your home.
White And Hardwood Is One Of The Trendiest Combinations For Kitchen Designs in 2018
Hardwood, as a natural floor option, can add warmth to any home space.
There are however many possible ways to incorporate it within a kitchen. Since there are many types of hardwood to choose from, you can create a very versatile and unique design for your own kitchen.
The combination of white cabinetry and hardwood is limitless. You can do it in so many different ways to create a unique style that reflects your personality. The best part about this colour combination is that it is suited to any style. From minimalist, to modern, Scandinavian or perhaps even rustic.
In this article, let’s check out some of the best kitchens with wood floors and white cabinets that may inspire you to choose such a design for your kitchen too.
White and rustic wood combine to create a space that looks modern yet has a certain classic appeal.
A sweet and simple kitchen with plenty of light elements, tucked away beneath a high ceilings.
Here’s another kitchen that utilises traditional wood panelling for the cabinetry rather than modern varieties. The charisma is evident even from a distance.
Add styling, a large rustic timber table and furniture to inject some personal style.
A beautiful deep dark hardwood floor contrasts these cabinets. This panelling is a little more traditional, yet the space is still a very contemporary feeling.
Love the dark red colour tones in these high gloss floors. All the lines of the floor and cabinetry are symmetrical plus– oven and range-hood is a great focal point! Beautiful Caeserstone countertops.
Add lighting, some small pieces of artwork and furniture to inject some personal style.
Stunning classic kitchen. I like how the white contrasts these polished floor boards. Beautiful pendant lighting that is perfectly to scale.
Though there isn’t too much going on in this kitchen, we love the clean look and simplicity of it. It looks effortlessly cool with the white cabinets and bench tops while the hardwood flooring continues the flow and style of the home.
The kitchen features stunning white stone countertops and a centre island with long breakfast bar along with a dining nook on the side. The character of the rich hardwood floors create as very contemporary kitchen.
This modern white kitchen with wood floors offers contemporary white cabinetry and island bench bar featuring a stylish and contrasting hardwood timber surround.
Your Dream White Kitchen With Hardwood Floors
Do you always dream of a white-themed kitchen, but not sure where to start?
Well, now you have some ideas to work with. White kitchen cabinets can create the theme you want for the kitchen. Of course, it all depends on how well you match them up to other elements in the room. We have provided tips for mix and matching above.
With so many styles and shades of hardwood flooring to complement your white kitchen cabinets, it can be confusing knowing what to go for.
If you need any help buying or installing hardwood timber flooring, feel free to reach out for helpful tips from us at Freedom Flooring.
Welcome to our gallery featuring bold dark hardwood floor spaces with rich colour tones.
Dark hardwood colours tend to absorb light thus making a room look smaller so should your home have large living rooms or kitchen spaces, then you are in the enviable position to lay down dark hardwood flooring to give a sleek stylish look.
Whilst you may be torn between the idea of going bold with a stylish dark hardwood floor or just going with the flow of staying neutral, we think our feature gallery of dark hardwood spaces will give you the inspiration needed.
After all, dark hardwood floors do indeed look sleek.
Take a look through our gallery to see how you can incorporate rich dark hardwood floors into your home.
Our selection is full of different styles and colours, so no matter your personal preference, we’ve got something here for you!
This quaint little kitchen has a beautiful natural hardwood flooring that matches the deep colour in the bench-tops. The cream coloured cabinets give this beautiful space a pleasant contrast.
Deep rich hues in this dark wooden flooring creates a beautiful contrast with the light door drapes. Leading out onto another divine outdoor space, these wide plank dark floorboards add a rustic and traditional look.
This elegant home has exquisite decor with splashes of light grey and white. The dark hardwood flooring brings a sharp contrast with the tones of grey in the furniture.
This kitchen has a very polished unique hardwood floor with touches of grey in it’s hues. The dark colouring contrasts with the light walls and cabinets though we really do love the turquoise island bench with light contrasting lighter bench top.
These ultra-dark hardwood floors seem almost black and contrast beautifully with the white walls, cabinetry, and fireplace. To add touches of elegance and style between the two are shades of grey and rich velvet green in the heavily textured furniture.
These smooth, polished dark red / brown toned hardwood floors are a more traditional width and go perfectly with the sharp white cabinetry and light blue island bench panelling.
This much more luxurious living room has wide-plank wood floors stained nearly black. Small natural accents, like the floor coverings under the dining table and sitting room, add a bit of life to the room and define each space.
This utterly contemporary though modestly sized kitchen is a great example of how dark hardwood floors and contrasting dark kitchen cabinets can still make a room feel spacious.
Dark wood floors can be incredibly elegant and sophisticated, bringing richness and polish to a space. When paired with the right furnishings and colours, these spaces can be complete with the addition of crisp white walls and perhaps some greenery for that added touch.
Interested in going bold with your next hardwood floor restoration?
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Simple ways to protect your hardwood floors from scratches
Hardwood timber flooring has long been a classic home feature because of the sense of warmth and character it brings. Each type of hardwood brings its own elegance and uniqueness.
Hardwood is a timeless choice and when cared for properly can last a lifetime.
Although its inevitable hardwood floors will take extra effort in cleaning and protecting, they’re certainly worth the trouble. With any home though hardwood timber flooring is prone to accumulated wear and tear. Complete floor restorations can be expensive and you want to conserve your investment for as long as possible.
The potential for damage is high without the proper steps and precautions.
Initial steps when designing your home to prevent the inclusion of dust, dirt and other particles can help to reduce floor damage.
For instance a tiled mudroom or entrance area with built in benches for storing shoes will minimise the amount of unwanted particles spreading throughout your floor spaces.
Other factors are pets…
Dog claws will mark and scratch the floorboards easily. If your beloved family pet is indoors, make sure to regularly trim back its paws, and provide rugs or beds for them to lie on.
If you are one to care and protect your hardwood floors but not quite sure what to do, then these simple tasks broken down into 3 main categories can help you protect them for many years to come.
Protecting Your Timber Floors From Moisture
Common home cleaning practices involve running the mop over to pick up small amounts of grime.
For vinyl, tiles and other types of hard flooring this is a quick and easy method.
Unfortunately for hardwood flooring whilst it would be quick and easy also, the process will actually damage your hardwood floors.
Obviously during mopping, your using water which can seep into the hardwood fibres.
This in turn will eventually warp, twist and swell over time potentially damaging the floorboards permanently.
Other considerations for moisture control include design choices and placement of hardwood flooring.
High moisture areas including bathrooms, laundry’s and ensuite’s are not suitable for hardwood floors however it’s very popular to see kitchens and entry ways with this flooring.
Excess water from your sink, dishwasher and other appliances can seep into the floorboards.
Water can also track into the grains of the timber at entry ways from people entering with wet shoes.
Where hardwood flooring is used in kitchen or entryways, try to place down rubber mats or other moisture absorbing types.
Considering placing shoe racks at the entryways to reduce the spread of moisture when walking through your home.
Cleaning Hardwood Floors Without Damaging Them
As previously mentioned, never use wet mop to clean or scrub down the surface.
Where heavy grime exists, use dry cleaning methods followed by light mopping quickly followed by a drying off process with towels or other moisture absorbing materials.
Other methods of cleaning include:
- Rolling up rugs and area coverings before taking to outdoor areas to shake off and vacuum.
- Sweep high traffic areas regularly with a soft bristled broom followed by a electrostatic mop to pick up light dust particles.
Small dust particles, dirt and other types of debris can scratch, dent and mark wood floors when they’re stepped on.
- Vacuum the floor on a regular basis with a hardwood flooring specific vacuum cleaner.
There are typically two types of vacuum cleaner heads…types for carpet and types for hardwood floors.
Make sure to use the hardwood flooring attachment as its designed to be more gentler on wood floor boards.
- Try to avoid using cleaning agents or products.
Whilst there are many products claiming to be safe for hardwood floors, many of them can actually cause harm to the surface if used repeatedly.
The reason being they tend to eat at or strip away the top coating and turn the finish shine dull.
Seek professional help from our team at Freedom Flooring is your unsure what types of cleaning products are suitable for your hardwood floors.
Protect From Furniture
The source of your hardwood floor damage will mostly be contributed by furniture and daily use.
For instance furniture tends to be heavy and can move around on the floor boards. This leads to deep scratches and dents.
When moving furniture around, be sure to lift them completely up trying not to slide them. A tip here is to use towels or any other soft material under the furniture feet.
For large spaces such as dining and living room, consider using rugs or floor runners. They add character and style, segment the space from other rooms, whilst protecting your floors in high use areas.
When choosing rugs and floor coverings, consider natural rubber or felt underlined.
It’s highly recommended to place felt pads on the bottom of chairs, sofas, and tables to help eliminate scratches and scuff marks that can occur when furniture is being used.
Felt or natural rubber pads can be purchased in stick-on versions or tap-in style, and they’re an easy and inexpensive method to help protect your floors. For office spaces, also consider using rubber mats for computer chairs to sit on. Castor wheels can damage hardwood floors from the constant movements the wheels make.
So What Types Of Furniture Protection Is Available
A popular form of chair leg protection is the furniture pad. Put simply, these are pads made of different types of material that are put on the bottoms of your chair legs.
There are different types of furniture pads, each offering different levels of cost and protection.
These types of pads offer high levels of floor protections, as they’re very secure since they are attached to the furniture leg with either a small nail or staple.
Care should be used with the installation of tap-on/staple pads though, because if they’re not properly installed, the nail or staple may be exposed to harm your floor.
Perhaps the most common, these are peel and stick pads that can be found at any hardware store.
They are typically made of felt or rubber and are the least expensive.
The downside is they tend to peel of after some time as the adhesive bond is reduced.
DIY solutions can be used for this style. With the use of a hot glue gun, felt, carpet cut-offs, leather and other soft material can be attached.
Felt Pads – While felt furniture pads can be bought in store, any thick felt material will do the job. Cut the felt into the correct size and glue on.
Towels – Old towels can be cut into pads, making sure they are of appropriate thickness.
Leather – Leather is another soft, durable material that can be cut to size and made into a good furniture pad.
These rubber, or material pads are typically custom made to fit over a chair leg.
The most expensive option of the three, but the long term benefits are they wont have a problem of falling off like a self-adhesive pad or have the potential to scratch your floor like a poorly installed tap-on/staple pad.
Here are some DIY solutions for that can help if you have these materials lying around.
Regardless of which type of pad you buy or make, make sure that your furniture is level on the floor. If it’s not, it can scratch the finish or make gouges on your floors.
So that’s our guide to protecting your hardwood floors from damage.
These simple steps should go a long way in making sure your hardwood floors look pristine for many years to come.