As I mentioned in my last post Mr. Flower Child and I have been doing some updates to the ol' family homestead. One thing that I have been wanting to do for a while was paint and distress my wood floors. I did not realize when we moved in about 10 years ago what bad shape they were in. The people who lived here prior had a lot of furniture so I did not realize how scratched up they were until it was all gone. Of course over the past ten years they have deteriorated even more. Here's a close up so you can see how bad they were in some places:
I had suggested painting and distressing them a while back, but Mr. Flower Child wasn't real keen on the idea. Then I went to the flooring store one day to see about having a rug made for his showroom and guess what they were selling, um hum, white distressed wood flooring. Yeah, I know it takes the world a few years to catch up with me! ha! Of course, after Mr. Flower Child found out they were selling it at the store, THEN it was okay for me to paint the floors (I will refrain from commenting any further on that!) My only hold-back was top coating them. I knew if I used polyurethane then we would have to leave the house for a few days because there is no way to get from the back of our house where all the bedrooms are located to other side where all the living spaces are located. Then one day I was reading a Facebook post by the sweet Laura at The Ironstone Nest about the floors they had done in their new store. They were really neat, they used plywood and milk paint! but what really caught my attention was that she finished them off with Miss Mustard Seed HEMP OIL!! That got my wheels to turning, 'cause if I could use hemp oil, then we wouldn't have to move out for several days, and that also meant I could do them in sections! Oh yaaayyy!! So this is what we did:
First I mixed up a large batch of homemade chalk paint. (Ok, sorry, I thought I had written down the measurements to share, and I probably did, but only the Big Man upstairs knows where I put them...) First we "cut in" with a brush, then we rolled on two coats (the photo below shows one coat), just like painting a wall:
Here it is after the two coats have dried. I had originally planned to randomly stencil a really large damask design, but Mr. Flower Child asked me not too (but who knows, if I ever get finished painting this house a gazillion years from now he might just come home one day to find a random damask here or there... *wink*wink*)
Then I got out my handy dandy little palm sander and I sanded it. Uh huh, I said my handy dandy little palm sander. Uh huh, on my hands and knees. (I could not have done this without knee pads!!) Yes, there is probably something larger that you can use, but I am too impatient to go to the store and find out. I also felt like it would be too strong and would probably take too much off. At this point Mr. Flower Child asks if I really want to distress it because he really likes the floor the way it is, but I knew it would be too difficult to maintain it weren't distressed. I knew the first scratch was coming sooner rather than later and that it would be more difficult to keep clean. To be honest, the sanding really didn't take that long, but it did make a HUGE mess! There was dust EVERYWHERE!! It didn't bother me because everything needed to be wiped off and cleaned anyway and this was a sure fire guarantee that it would actually get done!
Now here is a little tip. When rolling it on don't be all nice and neat. Mr. Flower Child is a
lot little OCD and so he rolled it on in nice little neat rows. Well when the rows overlap and then you sand, it looks like this (see where the paint is darker in one spot, well it looks like that all the way across the room, but I've sanded in places so it doesn't look like a "row"):
Luckily it isn't that noticeable in the whole scheme of things, but when I painted the other side of the room I made sure to roll it on in random patterns as opposed to nice neat little rows. There are still areas where it overlaps, but it is not in nice little neat rows all the way across the room.
Once I finished sanding I swept and vacuumed really good, and then I applied the hemp oil. Now, I did not use Miss Mustard Seed Hemp Oil (although I have used it on furniture and I really like it!), but the closest retailer to me is about 40 minutes away, and I knew they did not stock the hemp oil in gallon sizes. It is also a location that the person who sells the MMS products is not actually there so I knew I would not be able inquire about ordering a larger size, so I went to my local health food store and bought a different brand. I don't know about all brands, but the Nutivia brand says it is "raw organic unrefined hempseed oil" so I thought I'd give it a shot. I'm thinking hempseed oil is hempseed oil, right? The really good part is it was about half the price as the MMS brand! Not knocking MMS, but any time I can save some money, well, a girl's gotta do what a girl's gotta do! I would also like to say that you can order the MMS Hemp Oil in the gallon size from Laura at The Irsonstone Nest. She is very helpful and more than happy to help you (and had I not been so impatient I could have gotten it from her)! After sweeping and vacuuming I just poured the hemp oil on my mop and "mopped" my floor with it.
After applying it I flipped my mop over to the dry side and went over it to remove any excess oil.
And that groovy people is that! The great thing about the hemp oil besides it being 100% natural is that you can walk on it immediately with socks! and then with shoes after about 24 hours! I was able to move everything back the next day and then painted the other side of the room.
We absolutely love it! and so has everyone who has seen it. We did it about a month ago and so far I haven't had any problems. I did get a little nervous the first time I mopped and it got really splotchy. I thought "oh crap! don't tell me I'm gonna have to get down on my hands and knees and scrub this every time I mop!" (there were a few choice words I can't repeat that were also running through my mind) but then I sprayed some Clorox Clean-Up and mopped and it was just as pretty and clean as before!
Alright groovy people, I'm outa here for now, but I got lots of things in the works so hope to be back soon!