A small investment in traffic-worn pine produces rich results.
A number of years ago, when the owners of a 1930's Colonial enclosed
their back porch, they went all out, putting in lots of windows, plaster
walls and even wide-plank pine flooring to create a cozy den. Unfortunately,
the porch was the heavily traveled route between the house and the yard,
and years of footsteps had worn an unsightly trail into the red-painted
planks. To bring back the floor's original beauty and highlight its natural
grain, the owners hired a well-recommended contractor, and when he was
done sanding, all signs of wear and tear were gone. After a thorough vacuuming,
the smooth, bright pine was ready for Minwax® staining and finishing.
To choose a stain, the owners dabbed small patches of different colors
onto an inconspicuous area. After the samples dried, they picked Minwax®
Wood Finish™ Cherry, the color that worked best with their
furniture and décor. The contractor applied the stain with a wide
brush, letting it penetrate for a few minutes before wiping away the excess
with a clean cloth. After the stain dried, he applied two protective coats
Fast-Drying Polyurethane in semi-gloss with a light 180-grit
sanding between coats. When all was done, the wonderfully renewed pine
had transformed the room, making a once-dreary den a delight to the eye.
FROM THE EXPERTS
If the floor sanding reveals cracks or holes that should be repaired,
Stainable Wood Filler. Press the filler into place with a putty
knife, leaving a small amount just above the floor surface to allow for
sanding. Shallow repairs will dry within two hours. Sand the filler smooth
and flush with the wood. When sanding is complete, you can immediately
proceed with the staining and top coating.
When it's time to put on the clear Minwax top coat, you'll get smooth,
bubble-free results if you use a synthetic lamb's-wool applicator, which
is exactly what the pros use; it's available at paint stores and home
centers. After applying a coat, close any doors leading to the room and
keep them shut for a few hours to prevent dust from becoming airborne
and landing on the floor as the finish dries.