Learn how to whitewash wood floors with this step-by-step DIY project.
-- Unfinished wood floors
-- Microfiber cloth
-- 1 gallon Sherwin Williams Sher-Wood wiping stain in White S64W11
-- 1 quart each of two shades of gray interior latex paint (We used Sherwin Williams Dorian Gray 7017 and Repose Gray 7015.)
-- 2 coarse-bristle paintbrushes
-- Polyurethane (We used Minwax clear stain polyeurethane for floors.)
Assess your wood floors. A light-tone wood, such as maple or ash, works best. Floors must be unfinished or sanded thoroughly to remove any existing finish. (The flooring shown here is unfinished maple from Dean Hardwoods' Prestige collection.) Clean floors with a vacuum, then wipe down with a microfiber cloth.
To give our floors more tone depth, we added two shades of gray over the whitewash. Achieve this look by using a coarse-bristle brush to lightly apply the darker shade of gray to a 2x4-foot section of floor. Immediately afterward, use a different brush to add the lighter gray tone. The point is to see thin gray lines, so allow the brushes to dry between each application.
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