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How do you make new floor boards look like old, rustic type ones?

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Yes, looking to achieve a distressed look, like they have been there a few years, and done on the cheap if possible! Cheers.

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  • 1 decade ago
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    It would be best to work on them before they are fitted if possible.

    When we make new wood look old for films and tv shows these are some of the techniques we use:

    My favourite: Run a decent sized blowtorch over the surface, following the direction of the grain until it turns dark brown (be careful if your boards are fitted already, you might just cause a fire if you have dust or sawdust under the floor) Then go along the grain vigorously with a stiff wire brush, the sort you use for cleaning off old flaking paint. The blowtorch will burn the softer wood in between the grain more than the harder wood. When you wire brush it, the harder wood will be left slightly proud, enhancing the grain and making the wood look worn. The wood will now look slightly greyer, you could now just varnish or wax, or stain if you want to change the colour. Sandblasting give much the same effect, but is messy unless you are doing a complete refurb, and won't change the colour of the boards.

    The second method we use, is to run along the grain with an angle grinder (twanking, shortened from 'widow twankying')

    using the edge of a 36 grit sanding disc. You can get stuck in with some nuts threaded onto a length of rope if you like too. To get this looking good, you need a bit more of an 'eye', but it does have the advantage of not burning your house down! You can stain or wax, or varnish this as before.

    The final approach would be to use colour washes. I favour Johnstones Shed & Fence.

    http://www.johnstonestrade.com/default_majestic.as...

    This is a water based wood treatment, which you can dilute and paint on. It's available in a range of colours, which you can also mix together. We dilute it heavily, and then apply in light layers, blending different colours together. It dries a lot more subtly than you first expect, so practice on an offcut first. I have never applied varnish or wax over this, but have no reason to suspect it wouldn't work.

    You could use a combination of these methods if you really want to go to town, grinder first, then nuts etc, blowtorch & wirebrush then Shed & Fence.

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    6 years ago

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  • benner
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    4 years ago

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  • 1 decade ago

    What you are referring to is called distressing. It can be accomplished in any number of ways, everything from chains and rocks to tinting and aging waxes. I really don't want to give you step x steps until I know what look you are actually going for. Really need to know what you want to do EXACTLY. There is a fine line between distressing and ruining.

    Let me know . . .

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    5 years ago

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  • Anonymous
    4 years ago

    They ll look fine. and if you do mean buying more flooring and worried about different shades, no you won t have a problem since laminate isn t produced like other products , there is no dye lots. If your just doing separate rooms you won t have any trouble and if your tying into a hall, you ll need a transition strip ,( "T" mold ) to properly allow expansion and contraction. Any flooring questions you can e mail me through my avatar.. GL

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  • 1 decade ago

    Well for me it was easy, just let my 2 year old in the room for 5 minutes.

    Try: http://www.diynetwork.com

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    http://www.HGTV.com for ideas

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  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    well get some special cleaner for it, look for it in stores.

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