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My Hardwood Floor Refinishing Reveal

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If you missed my previous posts in this series, I had the hardwood floor in my living room and kitchen refinished by Bona. My first post about the hardwood floor refinishing process focused on meeting with a Bona Certified Craftsman to sample and choose a few stain colors and finishes. Then I posted about the sanding and staining process.

Today I am sharing the reveal showing you how the Bona REFINISH treatment transformed not only the flooring, but my decor as well.

Bona DriFast stained floor in Grey

The last photo I shared with you of my newly refinished hardwood floor was of the grey stained floor in my living room with no furniture.

Well – I finally had the time to get the furniture back into my living room and kitchen.

Hardwood Floor BEFORE

Living room showing hardwood floor that has turned orange over time

Here is how the floor looked before getting the Bona REFINISH Treatment.

The floor was in good shape for the most part, but I was not a fan of the amber orange color.

Hardwood Floor AFTER with Furniture

We put everything back into the room except the seagrass area rug. It is undergoing its own makeover that I will share with you soon.

I love seeing the hardwood throughout the entire space, but I also like the way an area rug brings seating together into a conversational grouping. I will be placing the rug back into the room in a few days.

The new floor color coordinates with the cool color tones I like to use in my decor. When the floor was amber orange it only looked good when I decorated the rooms using fall colors. :-)

The stain color I chose is called Bona DriFast Stain in Grey. On my hardwood, it looks more like a driftwood color. When I first thought about what color I wanted the floors, my plan was to go with a darker color to match the flooring in connecting rooms.

It wasn’t until the Bona Certified Craftsman came to the house and sanded a section of the living room that I started to consider alternatives. His demonstration of how different stains would look on my hardwood was invaluable in making me comfortable with a final stain color, which was quite a bit different than my initial vision.

Sampling stain colors is so important as every wood will take a stain color differently. When I saw the sample section with the grey stain – I knew right away it was the color I wanted. It is not too light or dark and blends in with the flooring in the connecting rooms.

Here is how the refinished flooring looks in the kitchen without the movable island...

… and with the island in place.

The stain color looks perfect with the stone fireplace and even my “mollifier” recliners. :-)

flooring transitions from living room to brick floor in foyer

One reader wanted to see how the new floor color goes with the brick floor in my foyer that I whitewashed.  It doesn’t match, but now blends nicely together. 

Here is a video showing the process and some cool drone footage of the outside of my house.

How to Clean a Hardwood Floor

Cleaning the Bona REFINISHed floor has been very easy.

I have been using the Bona Premium Spray Mop and cleaner. What I like most about the mop is that both the wet cleaning pad that comes with the mop and the additional dry microfiber dusting floor cleaning pad are washable – you simply throw them in the washer and dryer and then re-use. No need to have to keep buying cleaning pads.

Attaching either of the cleaning pads to the Bona mop takes a second – they stick onto the bottom of the mop head like VELCRO.

  • I also like that the cleaner cartridge bottle in the mop is refillable, less plastic waste.

Daily Dust

I have been using the Microfiber Dusting Pad to do a daily dusting of the floor. It uses static electricity to trap dirt, particles, and other household grime.

  • I found out that I should avoid lifting the microfiber pad up off the floor as I clean—keeping it in contact with the floor, helps keeps the dirt trapped on the pad so the dirt will not scratch the floor.

Weekly or When Needed – Mop

When the floor needs to be cleaned, I switch out the Dry Dusting pad to the Microfiber Cleaning Pad that came with the mop.

  • I simply press the trigger on the mop’s handle and a light mist of hardwood floor cleaner sprays out onto the floor. A few quick swipes and I am done.
  • The cleaner dries fast and leaves no residue or heavy scent.

I love, love, love the refinished floor, but you know what happens when you add something new to a room or complete a home improvement project – items around it no longer look as nice.

This scenario happened when we placed the kitchen table back into the room. The natural lightly white-washed top looked too orange.

Over the last 10 years I have refinished the table twice. Over the summer, I plan to lightly stain and then add a new coat of white wax over it so it looks less orange.

Having the floors refinished is the home improvement project that has truly transformed the house. It has made the biggest overall change, bringing continuity to the first floor of my house.

Even though we had to move all the furniture out of the room, eat our meals outside and not use the room for a few days, the slight inconvenience was totally worth it.

Greg Martin, the Bona Certified Craftsman that refinished my floors was wonderful. If you live in the Columbia, SC area and are in need of getting your floors refinished, I highly recommend him. You can find out more about him and his company – Martin’s Floor Sanding on his Facebook or on Instagram.

Inspired to do amazing things with your hardwood floors? Check out Bona’s flooring inspiration site and for even more hardwood floor ideas head on over to their Pinterest boards. 

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Living Room with Grey stained hardwood floor

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76 Comments

  1. Stunning!
    We have dark wood stained floors…when they need refurbishing…I’m going to try this!

    1. Hi Kimberly – This is the second time I have had floors redone by a pro. This time around with Bona was such a great experience. I highly recommend using a Bona Certified Craftsman. My floors needed the REFINISH treatment, but they also offer two other treatments depending on what your floor needs. These treatments are called REVIVE and RESTORE. You can find out more on the Bona website.

  2. OMGoodness. It looks like a different house. You are one clever girl. It is simply beautiful.

  3. The color of your floors perfectly coordinates with the other colors and finishes in your home. Choosing a stain or a floor color is a huge decision and I’m so happy that you love what you chose. It looks amazing!!

    1. Thanks Pat – I am so happy that I got to see how different colors of stain would look on my floor. It was the most important part of the whole process. The stain color I thought I would like looked much to red/brown on the floor. I would have never known this and been in for a big mistake if we hadn’t sampled the colors. :-)

  4. It is really beautiful. It was good to see the before and after pictures – never would have remembered the floor being that orange. Great job choosing the stain color!

    1. Hi Barbara – Thanks – Now that it has been two weeks with the new floor, it is hard to remember just how orange the floor really was before. I am so pleased with the new color.

      1. Hi Diane,
        I too have the yellow/amber floors. Mine are natural hickory that have yellowed with age. I’m ready to change my floors and I’m very intrigued by the Bona process you used. It’s a different technique than the traditional way of refinishing with polyurethane and love that about it and that it is water based but also scared to try something ‘new’. Now that you have had the floor for over a year will you please share how the finish is holding up and wearing for you? Has the color changed at all? Do they use a special machine for making it “dustless”? THANK YOU! Brenda

        1. Hi Brenda –

          I would go with Bona. The finish looks as good today as the day the floor was done. The process and finish is so much better than the traditional way of redoing a floor. The water-based sealer is super durable, has no smell, will not yellow and dries quickly so you don’t have to wait days to use the rooms. I have the matte finish. I LOVE it!

          The color has not changed one bit. In my previous house we had floors redone the trad way. The stain faded e soon after the floor was completed and the finish wore within a short time.

          None of this has happened with the Bona stain and matte finish on my floors.

          I hope this helps. :-)