3 Tips For Getting A Unique Finish For Your Hardwood Floors By Using Coffee

9 November 2016
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Your local hardware store likely offers dozens, or even hundreds, of different color options for staining and sealing your hardwood floors to get a new look. However, some people prefer a DIY approach to floor refinishing that doesn't rely on chemical mixtures from the store to get the color they want. Get the natural golden brown color you want for your floor with the coffee grounds you already have in the kitchen.

Prepare the Floor

Don't skimp on the preparations for getting the wood ready to accept the pigments from the coffee. If you're using the technique on a brand new floor, make sure it wasn't sealed at the factory or you'll need to treat it the same as an existing floor that is being refinished. Rent a large drum sander and use a succession of sandpaper discs, starting with the roughest grit and working to finer and finer grades of paper, to remove the existing layers of sealant and to open up the tiny pores in the wood to absorb the color.

Mix a Strong Batch

Many people brew up a bucket of coffee using the same measurements as when they're crafting a cup for sipping, then find the resulting color too light to satisfy them. Mix a minimum of two cups of coffee grounds to each gallon of hot water. It's fine to add more, just be prepared to use extra filters when straining the liquid before using it. Allow the mixture to sit overnight as well to maximize the amount of pigment transferring from the coffee grounds to the water. You can even use coffee as the steeping water and add more grounds to it for the darkest possible stain.

Add in Other Natural Dyes

Looking for a darker or more gray shade than you get from coffee alone? Your home is likely full of other natural dye sources you can mix in to create the exact shade you're looking for. Consider adding in

  • Black tea, which provides a deeper brown by adding more tannins that react with chemicals in the wood
  • Black walnut shells, which add a gray tone to the otherwise golden brown and make it a little darker on the wood
  • Food coloring, especially yellow to highlight the golden tones or red to warm up the stain color a little more.

Grab a few pieces of extra wood to test your mixtures out on before committing to staining the entire floor. You might love the stain the best with just two or three more drops of food coloring, and you won't know without experimenting. For more information or assistance with wood floor finishing, contact companies like Cooper Floors.