Do your hardwood floors need a refinish without breaking the bank?
Luckily, this project can be a do-it-yourself project if you have the stamina, the right tools and information.
The state of your floors will dictate how demanding the project will be. For example, if you don’t need to sand the floor down to pure wood, much of the work will be removed.
Your floors will be shining again with these easy to follow, do-it-yourself tips. These tips will work if your floors are scratched from use or if you have recently renovated and removed carpeting that revealed hardwood.
Some benefits of doing it yourself
First of all, let’s go over some of the benefits of doing it yourself.
The biggest benefit is that you won’t break the bank contracting the work out, and in the process, you will learn a new skill that will come in handy in the future.
Even better, this can be a great weekend project and you can get some exercise or get your kids to help out for a family project!
Why do it yourself on this project?
There are many reasons you might want to do it yourself on this project. To start, you can revamp even very rough looking floors, and they will just look so much better. Secondly, you are going to increase the market value of your home with these simple update. Potential homebuyers will be won over by this addition. More importantly, by doing this simple do it yourself project, you are helping to ensure that wood splinters won't appear, therefore guaranteeing the safety of your family and pets.
Finally, by refinishing your floors you are actually strengthening your floors, ultimately rendering the floor more immune to weight from furniture and regular wear and tear. You will also find that after you have completed this project that your floors will collect less dust and will be easier to clean than before.
What a great perk!
The money you will save!
As we mentioned above, this DIY will save you some money. Remember, you can hire a professional floor sander if the task is to demanding, but you will save some dough if you are willing to go for it yourself. The major cost will be labor, so if you are able to learn the steps and undertake the project yourself, you will be relieving the brunt of the cost.
As a ballpark cost breakdown, you are likely looking at about $1.50 to $4.00 per square foot to completely refinish the floor, so that’s between $340 and $900 for a 15×15 space. If your floor is mostly in good condition, you could likely just do a recoating which would cost less.
Materials you will need
You will need to get a few things together before you can start this project. Hopefully you will already have some of these items around your house. Here’s a quick summary of the things you will need to refinish your floors:
- Plastic Sheeting
- Masking Tape
- Safety Glasses
- Fine-grit sandpaper
- Palm Sander
- Shop Vacuum
- Dust mask or respirator
- Roller Applicator
Many of these items are required to keep yourself safe throughout this project, so make sure you get the complete list!
Step by step guide to refinishing
Here is a brief overview of how to undertake this project.
- First of all, you will need to get your room ready for the project. Start by clearing the room of everything except your working equipment. Also, it is important to seal off the room so that the rest of the house is not exposed to the debris and dust from this project. In addition, check the floor for any nails or sharp objects; encountering sharp objects while you are sanding will make the project longer.
- Next, sand the floor by making straight, even strokes. Always keep the sander in motion when it is on. To stay safe, make sure you are wearing your safety glasses and a dust mask/ respirator as well as earplugs to block out the loud sound of the sander.
- Finally, you will want to apply a topcoat. Follow the instructions on your finish container about how to prepare and apply. Most often you will use an applicator or extension pole to apply.
We hope that this gave you a good overview of how to undertake this project on your own. Remember, this project will change depending on the state of your floor, so check out some of the online resources below for more information.