When we bought our house in 2006, the first thing we did after settlement was tear up the carpet in the smallest bedroom. Our thought was that, based on this room, we’ll be able to judge the condition of the hardwood floors in the rest of the house, and decide if/when we might refinish the floors. Unfortunately, the floors in this room were in sad shape. There were a few deep gouges and scratches and several stains. At that time, it wasn’t a big deal. We pulled all of the carpet staples, and cleaned the floor as best as we could. For the first few years, the room was only used for storage. And, for a short time, it was my office.

Fast forward to 2011. Stacey is pregnant and we need to decide which room will be the baby’s room. Naturally, we decide it should be the smallest room.

Choosing a Finish

We knew that we wanted to refinish the hardwood floor, and knew we didn’t want to use the typical oil-based polyurethane. We did some research on eco-friendly floor sealers and talked with Reid at World Class Supply in Newark, DE where we were introduced to the Vermont Natural Coatings Poly-Whey floor finish product.

Floor Preparation

I rented the “U-Sand” orbital floor sander from Delaware Equipment Rental for just $50 for 4 hours. The staff at Delaware Equipment Rental was great – offering advice on which type of sander to rent – and even helped load it in the car.

The sander was relatively easy to use, though it take some strength and concentration to keep it moving in the intended direction. The floor was sanded with 4 passes, using 4 different grits of sandpaper, in about 3 hours.

After sanding, the floor was vacuumed and wiped down with a terry cloth towel that was lightly dampened with mineral spirits.

Applying the Vermont Natural Coatings

To apply the floor finish, I used quality a 4 inch brush, working with the grain of the wood and towards the door. The wood soaked soaked up most of the first coat.

I tried to apply the finish as evenly as possible. The finish dries in approximately 2 hours, so a little while later, the floor was sanded with a palm sander using 220 grit sandpaper. Then I wiped the floor with a damp cotton cloth to remove any sanding dust, and applied a second coat of floor finish.

I followed the same steps with a light sanding, wiping up the dust, and applied the third and final coat of the Vermont Natural Coatings. The result? We’re very pleased with the finished floor. Unfortunately, we never took a picture of the floor before the project, but it was in rough shape! There are still a few marks and scratches that didn’t sand out, but we’re OK with that. Here is the finished product:

 

 

For more information about Vermont Natural Coatings, visit their website at http://www.vermontnaturalcoatings.com/