Revive Hardwood Floors
Some people are thinking about replacing their hardwood floors not because there is anything wrong with them but simply because they want a change of style for their home. They are being urged to think again, not just by environmentalists, but also by designers. They say that a little imagination is all that is needed to use your hardwood floor to give a new look to your home without having to rip it up.
“Hardwood floors are so naturally durable and wear-resistant they can go on looking good for years,” says Linda Jovanovich from the American Hardwood Information Centre. “But when you’re ready for a ‘fresh’ look, remember that there’s a new decorative role for that ‘old’ hardwood flooring.”
Ideas for rejuvenating the look of old wood floors include adding floral patterns, contrasting colour stains to create borders and chequered patterns, and a one-of-a-kind glazing technique that can enhance the wood’s original grain and give it a more seamless look. Designers have become particularly excited about the possibilities inherent in giving a new feel to old hardwood floors.
“Designers really covet old floors,” says designer John Buscarello. “Old wood is different. It has a beauty that’s hard to replicate. Unless it’s really too worn to refinish and that rarely happens, there’s no point in tearing out an old floor.” Buscarello also points out the financial advantages of keeping your old floor. “Everyone has a budget,” he notes. “You can save thousands by refurbishing existing hardwood.”