I am not going to write a lengthy tutorial here for how to do this yourselves though. No reason to reinvent the wheel when Rachel at Lovely Crafty Home has already created the best guide ever for completing it yourself. Although since I didn't follow her instructions exactly I do want to let you know the differences.
Like Rachel I used Minwax Dark Walnut oil based stain to finish my floors. I used Varathane No Odor Floor Finish Polyurethane High Traffic Formula in Gloss, a water based poly.
- I only applied 5 coats of poly. I did not sand any of the coats. I went with only 5 for a couple of reasons. First, I was covering a lot of sq. feet and I really wanted my house back. Plus I had watched a video from An Oregon Cottage where they said they used only 5 coats and it had proven to be very durable. My husband and I do plan to add a couple of fresh coats, maybe in a year from now just to boost it's durability.
- I taped a very large paint brush to my painter's extension pole to apply my poly. I could not find foam pads like Rachel used, and I hated the foam rollers. The brush allowed me to really get nice even coats of poly. By the time I had started my 5th coat, I was becoming quite the pro at application so I was able to really get a nice even finish on my floor. Note: Do not brush or roll over an area of poly you've previously completed while it is drying, it will change the finish in that area if you are using gloss.
- I glued my paper right over the top of my linoleum using a 3:1 water/glue ratio. My sub floors are concrete and because I know that in the future I want ceramic tile, I did not want to have to somehow scrape this off someday to prepare my sub floors for tile. No. Thank. You.
Alright! Ready for some pictures? Here is my flooring before:
|Getting ready to start!|
Now that my floors are finally finished, we are also finishing up my long overdue mudroom! Just in time to bring out fall jackets and really get some use out of it! I know that reveal post is long overdue, so stay tuned it will be coming very soon!!