If you're in the market for a new look for your hardwood floors but just don't have the money to replace them completely...I have a great project for you. All you need to do is apply a faux oak grain technique to your floors and you'll have a whole new look. The process is easier than you may think!
1. To apply the "faux bois," or false oak, graining to a pine floor use a five-inch-wide wood-graining roller from an arts-and-crafts store (other widths are also available). The width of this tool will determine the width of the painted planks. Use a metal ruler, with a dot at five inches, to mark off the floor. The first plank to be glazed is outlined with blue painter's tape. Firmly press down the edges of the tape to ensure a tight seal.
2. Once the area has been outlined, use a two-inch nylon brush to apply a customized glaze made by mixing waterbased glazing liquid and universal tints. (Tints can be used to simulate any number of wood finishes.)
3. Starting at one end of the taped-off plank, drag and roll the wood-grainer to pattern the glaze, creating a grain. If mistakes are made, they can be corrected with a pencil eraser, or glaze can be wiped off and reapplied. (If necessary, practice on scrap wood until you feel proficient.) As the painted plank dries, tape off and glaze a plank that is not adjacent to the freshly painted one.That's it. You'll have a whole new look in just a few days and for a lot less money! Remember to have fun and be creative!
Happy Friday! DIY Jill
images and project courtesy of www.marthastewart.com