Guest Post: Better With Age

Today’s post is ABW’s very first guest post by Liza Bloggess of  Hardwood Floor Installation Costs website.  Liza writes articles for how-to sites and today she’ll be talking about how to give your hardwood floors a vintage look without breaking the bank.

Hardwood floors have been around for practically as long as houses have been. The look is unbeatable and a good quality hardwood floor is sturdy enough to be perfect for flooring. With proper care, this flooring can also last for years.

The new trend in hardwood flooring, however, is to make them look aged. That vintage or antique look adds charm and allure to a hardwood floor. It also goes well with any style of decor whether classic or modern. Add a sense of history and character to your own home by learning ways to age your flooring.

To help create a vintage look for your wood flooring, here are some methods to consider. It is always a good idea to try techniques first on scrap wood before trying it on the wood for your flooring.

  • Hand scraping – The process of hand scraping is time-consuming but worth the end results. Keep in mind that you should test a small area of flooring first and that teak and maple are not usually woods that do well with this process. There are tools designed for wood scraping, and you will literally be using these to scrape with the grain and work around knots for the ultimate distressed wood floor look. If you select certain areas to use a wire brush you can add to the look as well.
  • Distressing tools – In order to add a true sense of uniqueness to your floor when aging it, try using tools that may not necessary be meant for wood floors. For instance, dinging spots with a hammer or ice pick creates plenty of genuine looking grooves. Hammer in nails and then remove to add holes here and there. Even chains or a saw blade can be a great way to create chips, scratches or other distinguishing marks that make a floor look vintage.
  • Burn marks – Some people like dark spots or burn marks to help give the sense that a floor is actually antique. Using a soldering tool or lacquer thinner may give you the desired look. Use caution of course, and also be careful not to add too many burn marks or the look loses its appeal and uniqueness.
  • Buy distressed – If you do not already have wood floors or are designing your home, you should be aware of the fact that you can actually purchase pre-distressed wood for flooring purposes. Using this will help your brand new wood floors look as though they are already historic.

Things to Consider

  • Before setting out to age your wood floor, be aware of the fact that you want to be careful to distress and not destroy your wood flooring. Also remember that distressing wood can be permanent and no amount of sanding may be able to reverse this look down the road. Be sure you want to commit to this look long-term before spending the time, money and energy on it.
  • Hardwood floors can be very pricey. If you are looking for a professional to install your floor, then you can get in touch with professionals at
  • If you are working with wood flooring that already exists, you will have to strip it first. To do this you will need either varnish or stain stripper and be sure to work with doors and windows open. In order to make floors look naturally distressed, lightly sand areas you distress before sealing them.
  • Before varnishing or staining, make sure you thoroughly clean the wood surface. This is best done with a scrub brush and make sure floors are completely dry before sealing. Any deep grooves you create may need to be filled in with extra stain or varnish to create a more even flooring surface.

Thank you for your great guest post Liza!  Your information and ideas are something I’m now considering for my house!

*ABW was not paid or perked for this post.

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