My whitewashed floors are yellow

My mistake is your gain. Your welcome.

Hello! Today I’m going to share with you my successes and fails while attempting to whitewash our dark engineered hardwood floors. I am not an expert in flooring or paint. What I am is an adventurous DIYer. Here’s my story…………

Almost Done!

Almost Done!

Here the floors are finished but as you can see, there is more to do in this reno. I will post details of the rest of the reno in another blog post. If you are as brave as we were to white wash your dark hard wood floors here is what you are going to need to get started.

  • 3M Moderate Stripping Pads

  • paint tray and stir sticks

  • 1 quart measuring cup

  • 10 inch minwax stain pad and refills

  • paint color of your choice for whitewashing water based

  • orbital sander

  • 120 grit fine sandpaper

  • Pro finisher polyurethane

  • can of sprayway glass cleaner

  • dust mop

    To start I placed two stripping pads under the dust mop and scrubbed the heck out the floor. Always go with the grain of the wood. I could have got down on my hands and knees and crawled around but I am passed those days. My knees would never forgive me. Hence the dust mop. It is going to serve 2 purposes in this process. After scrubbing the floor, you need to clean the dust.

    My husband taught this cool little trick. Use the spraway and a dust mop. Just spray an area of the floor and mop it up with the dust mop until you have cover all areas. Easy Peasy dust is gone.

    Ok now the fun part. We mixed 1 part paint to 2 parts water. This is where the measuring cup comes in handy. Especially if you need to mix more. Word to the wise……once you start whitewashing your floors don’t stop until you have completely cover the entire area. Trust me mistake #1 we made. If you stop and wait it will be hard not to overlap and you will end up with a more opaque sections where you stopped and started again.

    The paint will dry really fast. Which is a good thing because you need to seal it soon after it dries to protect your finish. Here is mistake #2. For the first coat of polyurethane we used minwax floor poly. There is no picture and i am not giving the exact type because i don’t want you go and buy it mistakenly nor do i want to get in trouble with minwax..hehe

    Before you seal it get your handy dust mop and put your scrubbing pads under the mop and scrub away once more. then dust the floor with spray way. This is the moment we we used minwax and probably 2 hours later i could see areas of the floor yellowing ahhhhhhhhhh.

    The painters were coming the next day so there wasn’t any time to do anything about it. we decided to deal with it after they finished texture and paint. The floors were covered with paper and plastic hiding our dirty little secret. So we thought……. there was a five gallon bucket full of water for mixing mud placed in the living room and you know hard wood and water don’t play well. Some how the water got below the plastic and paper. It ate a perfect circle though the finish and the paint.

    Well that is freaking fantastic! We have yellow spots and circles on our floor. Lets just get the primary colors and paint this floor like a giant twister game. Once the paper came off we assessed the situation. Our painter felt awful for the circle so he gave us a gallon of sealer. The pro finisher polyurethane that is pictured below. For that I am truly grateful for. But and i mean a big butt,

    The million dollar question…..What are we going to do about the circle and yellowing? The only way I know to fix the yellowing is to sand off the existing paint or put more on OR live with it.. We chose to live with it and call it “character”.

    Now the perfect circle on the other hand, our solution to that was to use the orbital sander and 120 grit sand paper to randomly distress the floor. Guess what? I love it! I’m not even mad at the guys who made the circle in my floor because without it the idea to distress the floor may have never happened. There is my silver lining to what could have been a catastrophic event.

    As my husband would say “crisis adverted”

    *moral of this story ; use the right polyurethane on your light colored wood floors

Let’s get to work

Let’s get to work





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