Can you change the color of your hardwood floors?

Date Posted: 10 January 2022

Many homeowners don’t realize that you can change the color of hardwood flooring when you refinish your floors. You could change the color of your hardwood floors by staining, refinishing or painting them.

Doesn’t matter if you are going light to dark or vice versa. You can go light or dark or red tones or anywhere in between.

Some hardwood floors need special treatment, so coloring them certain ways could damage them.

Tips for the process for change the color of your hardwood floors:

1. Choose a New Floor Color

Before you change the wood floor color, consider the color you want and what type of wood you have. Use light colors in smaller rooms.

2. Clean the Floors

Before you change the color of your hardwood floors, make sure your floors are completely clean.

3. Sand the Floors

Use a random orbital sander to sand your hardwood floors. Sanding equipment that moves in random directions won’t make directional scratches on your floors.

Sand the floor three times, using three different types of sandpaper — coarse grit, medium grit and fine grit

4. Stain the Floors

After you’ve finished sanding, remove the plastic film off your windows, vents and doorways. Polyurethane has a strong odor, so make sure the room is properly ventilated.

5. Paint the Floor

If you do decide to paint your floor, try using a true floor or deck paint to ensure it can withstand day-to-day use.

To paint your hardwood floors:

  • Using a brush or roller, apply a thin first coat of paint.
  • Paint along the grain for best results.
  • Allow 24 to 48 hours for the paint to dry.
  • Sand the painted surface with sandpaper.
  • Apply a second coat of paint, then go to a well-ventilated area.
  • After applying and drying two or three coats, you could create designs or motifs on your floors.


At Wood Floor Planet we have a variety of tips for you and your floors

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