Thursday , 9 July 2020

DIY By Hand – Modern White Hardwood Floors

Sticking with our modern theme throughout our new house, we decided to go with a white floor in the dining room.

I rented a drum sander from General Rent All in Massillon.

Modern white floors

sanding hard wood floors

You can see that the floor was in rough shape.  I sanded this floor until it was smooth.  The white product I used covers everything! You just want to make sure it is smooth to the touch.

Check out all the stains that were deep in the grain… these were never going to come up.

Go through before the first coat and fill any holes with wood filler.  Do this before you sand.

sanding hard wood floors

sanding hard wood floors

White paint

This was a White Polyurethane from Ace Hardware.  It is the best and it only costs $25. Wear your mask!!! This stuff is killer!

I cut in the edges with a brush.  I did not have to tape the base boards, but your home my required it.  Roll the rest of the floor with any roller nap.

White paint

After the first coat you must sand by hand, because it will be rough and you will have pieces of dust and fuzz and hair all over.  Do your best not to get those things on the floor.It will happen, so the sanding step is very important.  At this point you will also want to fill more holes, cause you will see more.

I put 3 coats on this floor.  You want to let this set with out heavy traffic after the final coat for 72 hrs.

modern chairs

Here are the chairs that we are going to use in the dinning room.  They will go around the large square metal glass top table that I am building. 

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25 comments

  1. I love it…so serene. Thanks for the tips. I may try to do my cement floors.

  2. I LOVE the painted floors and am SERIOUSLY interested to know how they hold up, as I would like to also paint my kitchen floor, rather than tile.

    Thanks for sharing Tim.

  3. It looks so beautiful! Wow, you are working so hard and doing such a great job.

  4. I want to see the table, now!

    Looks great, Tim.

  5. Can’t wait to see it all put together! great job.

  6. Wow, so cute. I love the idea of a white floored dining room with black and metal tables. Classy.

  7. Nice job! Hope you protected Cam’s ears while you were sanding!

  8. Ooh I love it! What a great idea to do white!! We actually are in the process of staining our hardwood floors & I wish we would of thought of doing white..it looks awesome!

  9. Tim,
    Thanks for sharing. It is so much fun watching your house become a home.

    Thanks also for all the tips. I love it when people share – not a whole lot of folks do anymore.

    Blessings being sent your way from CT,

    L

  10. Wonderful job Tim! I will be curious to hear how easy or hard it is to keep clean. My past life is poking into my present life.

  11. This floor is beautiful and these chair are so cute. I can’t wait to see what ya’ll do next.

    Keep us posted Tim

  12. so talented!!!

  13. The white floors are great and although modern, still in keeping with the style of the home…great job and love the chairs!

  14. The white floor is beautiful but I love the wooden doors! What a great project!

  15. If you’re smart–you’ll put pads on those chair feet. People sliding the chairs in & out with weight on them will put grooves in the floor & can damage even three hard coats of paint.

  16. It’s so fun to see how you are making your first home truly yours! We are all enjoying seeing the progress!

  17. wow, is there anything you can’t do? you’re such a handyman! great job with the floor. we’re going to stain our timber floors ash black, hope it’ll turn out well.

  18. I did this in my old house and really enjoyed them. After awhile, they did get some dings and scrapes in the paint, but in an old house it lends a certain charm. My floors were 150 year old heart pine that hadn’t been refinished in a century. They were seriously black and grooved (which meant a good amount of hand sanding the places the drum sander wouldn’t reach). Yours look fantastic! I hope you get years of enjoyment out of them.

  19. Hi Tim. Thank you for sharing your process and giving me the idea to paint my studio floor.
    Is this the paint you have to turn off your pilot lights to use?

  20. Great job, Tim, but then is there anything you can not do?

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