Wood floors make a home warm and inviting. Over the years however, these once vibrant floors can become dull. If your flooring is now dull and drab, you do not have to start budgeting for an entire flooring system replacement. There are a number of ways that you can take on refinishing as a do-it-yourself project if you are willing to commit the time and put in the effort. There is no denying that refinishing floors is a messy project that you need to be prepared to take head on. But with this being said, doing all of the prep, sanding, staining, and sealing can save you thousands of dollars, depending on the size of your home. Here are some tips on how to on how to complete a refinishing project on your own and still save money.

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Dull floor refinishing and improvement

Rent the Tools You will be using

While refinishing floors requires very little technical skill, it does require you to have access to the right power tools. You cannot expect the manually sand the entire surface of your floor. But you are only likely to use the tools you need for refinishing once every few years and because of this, it is a wise idea to rent the specialty equipment you will need for a day or the entire weekend. You should consider renting both an edge sander and a drum sander. If you know a handyman who is willing to lend you these tools, you can save even more money.

Rent the Tools You will be usiing for Wood Floor refinishing

Buying the Standard Tools You Do Not Already Own

Most home improvement stores only rent out specialty equipment. If you do not already own the standard tools you will need for the project, it is time to go shopping. Here are all of the standard tools you will use to complete your DIY refinishing project:

  •  Claw Hammer
  •  A nail set
  •  A shop vac
  •  Paint rollers
  • An extension pole

You also need to invest in a water-based polyurethane varnish or wood stain. This is what ultimately will make your floor more vibrant and costs between $10 and $15 per quart.

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water-based polyurethane varnish or wood stain

If you have all of the standard tools you need and you can get access to the specialty equipment, you are ready to start your project. The money you will invest into buying equipment and materials will total about $250. Compared to the $2000 a professional will charge you for 400 square feet of finishing, it is obvious to see that homeowners who have the time to do the project should consider DIY when refinishing.


Written by Jennie.