So, remember yesterday when the office was looking all clean and cute. Well that lasted all of about 5 hours before it turned in to Master Bedroom Storage room!
We decided to tackle a new-to-us technique of re-staining the floors with Minwax Complete. You will remember back in this post, we sanded and stained the floors, without any real goal of trying to match anything. Fast forward a few months and we selected the hardwoods that will flow throughout the house. They are a complete mis-match to the bedroom floors:
We didn’t spend a ton of money to re-finish the floors the first time, probably under $100, so I don’t feel too guilty of trying again. This time I googled looking for a product that would get me to the color I needed without a ton of work. I can’t promise we might come back to these floors in the future, just to reinstall new floors, but I want to see how the less expensive alternative turns out first.
To start, I looked at the Minwax PolyShades product. It is a Stain and Poly in one and is great if you are looking to go from lighter to darker, but after reading reviews, it is really not suggested for floors.
The next product I found, was Minwax Complete. This is similar to the PolyShades, but is meant for floors. There are limited colors and I can only purchase online, which is a huge risk. But for $65, I figured it would be worth it and ordered a gallon of the Brandywine color.
To start, Collin and I cleaned out the bedroom and scrubbed the floors clean. I also lightly sanded with a 180 grit sandpaper, just to give it something to hold on to. If you are going from Darker to Lighter floors, you would need to go through the full process of sanding down to the bare wood, as discussed in my earlier post. Going from Lighter to Darker floors can be done with just a quick screening (High Grit Sandpaper).
We used a stain applicator pad to smooth on the stain/poly. Collin did the smoothing (?) and I worked with the paint brush to get close to the edges. It is not the easiest product, its a little fincky, but once you get the hang of it it moves pretty fast.
We completed the first coat in about 30 minutes:
Then, we waited 2 hours before applying the second coat.
We are doing the final coat this morning. The can says 7 days until furniture can go back in, but I’m thinking that might be a bit of an exaggeration. We’re going to give it 3 days or so. I can’t live like this for 7 days, plus I go back to work in 5 days, so the countdown to get this house in order is on right now 🙂