By Eric Hurst* Guest Writer (for Guest Posts TOS, please refer Terms ) For centuries hardwood floors have been used in our homes with ...
By Eric Hurst* Guest Writer (for Guest Posts TOS, please refer Terms)
For centuries hardwood floors have been used in our homes with their exquisite beauty and alluring charm. The visual appeal of hardwood floors is unparalleled and has served as an artistic music and poetic inspiration for scores of bohemians who have been enchanted by its magnificence. Who can resist the somber almost chocolate hue of walnut, the regality of cherry or the intricate texture of oak? Hardwood floor products have a unique resplendence like no other.
These days average hardwood floor products can be customized to suit the requirements and taste of the homeowner. There is a growing demand for chic customized hardwood floor products to bring out an ornate theme, whilst enhancing the overall aura of the room with its magical elegance. Among the popular processing techniques that are widely used for hardwood floor products are bleaching, staining, antiquing and pickling. Whether be it paneling or millwork staining constitutes the basic processing when working with hardwood.
Bleaching – By far the most popular hardwood processing technique, Bleaching is done to accentuate a particular decorative theme. This could be done to complement the furniture in the room or to create a synergic appeal along with the walls of your home. Bleaching works best on darker and more robust hardwoods such as hickory and red oak. Bleaching is usually done for minor decorative work such as paneling, moldings, and on chairs as well as millwork. Some homeowners are of the opinion however that bleached hardwood floor products often damages the wood fibers and as eventually caves in due to regular foot traffic. This depends entirely on the kind of wood used which is mostly robust with a resilient surface.
Pickling – Pickling is often used to give your hardwood floor a more grainy appearance. The process involves accentuating the cracks and crevaces in the wood so that it contrasts with the bleached surface. The first step is to gently sponge the surface with water. Wait until the surface is dry and then using grit paper lightly the sand the surface to smoothen out the grain of the wood. Once this is done, apply oil stains on the surface and allow it to seep into the grain of the wood. The entire process takes about 12 hours to take effect and before you know it you would have yourself a nice pickled hardwood floor.
Antiquing – As the name suggests, antiquing is the process of creating a distressed worn out look. This is done by adding a coat of white shellac to your hardwood floor. Once the shellac is dry, gently sand the surface. The next step would be to make the antique glaze according to your choice of color and evenly paint it across the surface of your hardwood floor. You can create different glazed patterns by working the glaze over the surface of your hardwood floor with varying intensity.
These custom techniques can redefine your hardwood floor products and give it a unique appearance. Instead of nursing a drab hardwood floor you can now customize it to suit your tastes and requirements. All it takes is a bit of ingenuity and some aesthetic thinking.