A distressed hardwood floor uses handcrafted staining to create flooring that looks naturally aged and rustic. If you are in love with the look, you may want to recreate it in your own home. Thankfully, there is no need to completely replace the existing flooring in your home to achieve this. Using the right techniques and tools, as well as a weekends worth of time, you will be able to transform the existing floors in your home to a new look that is much more appealing to you.
You will begin by giving the existing flooring a light sanding, which is what will remove the existing sealant and wax from the floors and prepare them for the new stain and paint. The best way to get it done is by using a handheld belt sander. They can be purchased or rented from a home improvement warehouse store.
Painting hardwood flooring may seem unorthodox, but it is a key step to give flooring a distressed look. It will not permanently change the flooring either, since you can strip away the paint if you want to return to the natural look. All you need is a single coat of a white paint that is oil-based.
After the paint dries, you'll need to sand the floor again to start making them look distressed. Move your belt sander with the wood's grain, which makes the wood look naturally distressed. Your goal should be to remove a little bit of the paint so that the wood under it is starting to be revealed. Start with a light sanding, since you can always sand off more paint if you would like to change the look to reveal more natural wood underneath.
When the second round of sanding is complete, you'll need to give the floors a coat of a dark wood stain. Work the stain into the wood by following the wood grain. Work in small sections so that you can work the stain into the flooring before it dries.
Once you are happy with how your flooring looks, and the stain has dried completely, preserve the look by sealing the wood. Sealant will wear off after a few years, so you will need to occasionally re-apply sealant to keep the floors looking the same.
If this seems too complicated for you to do on your own, you should contact a professional in your area that specializes with hardwood floor refinishing.