If you are into vintage looks, but you don't want to replace the pine flooring with rustic flooring on the market, consider distressing it yourself. Pine flooring works well with the distressed method, it hides future dings, and it saves on the cost of replacement. 

Study rustic flooring to get an idea of how it should look before you start. Follow these steps to distress a pine floor.

Prepare to Distress the Pine Floor  

To distress the pine floor, gather:

  • work gloves
  • safety glasses 
  • rags
  • 80-grit to 100-grit  sandpaper
  • wire brush 
  • hand scraper
  • heavy chain (optional)
  • sharp tool ( ice pick, saw blade, or claw hammer )
  • soldering iron (optional) drill (optional) stain sealer 

Open a window or door to ventilate. Sand the floor lightly with 80-grit to 100-grit sandpaper to dull the finish, then vacuum or sweep. Use the hand scraper and wire brushes to make random scuffs, especially in areas with high-foot traffic. Scrape in the direction of the wood grain, and make random patterns. 

Make Holes, Burns, and Dings

Use the heavy chain to make dings in the floor. Grasp on end of the chain, fling it over your head and let it hit the floor, being careful to not to hit yourself or the wall. Don't make the dings in one place, or make too many, since you want it to look natural.

Any sharp tool can be used to make holes or scrapes, such as meat tenderizer mallet, pot scrubber, chisel, or a potato masher. Poke holes in the floor with an ice pick, claw end of a hammer, or drill bit. Drill several holes close together to resemble insect holes. 

If you feel comfortable working with solder or hot metal, make burn marks over the dings and holes. Smooth burrs with sandpaper, and vacuum or sweep the floor again to clean chips.

Add Stain

Make a natural stain from saved coffee grounds. Add hot water to the grounds, let it stand overnight, then strain. 

Dip the rag in the wood stain or natural stain, and work it on the distressed areas in a circular motion. Use a clean rag to remove the stain, and rub it in different directions. If you want it darker, wait several minutes, and wipe it again. 

Add another coat, if desired, and let the final layer dry twenty-four hours. Rub on a polyurethane finish to protect the floor, let it dry, and lightly sand. Vacuum or sweep the floor, and apply another coat, if needed.

To learn more, contact a company like Eager Beaver Handyman Services.

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