Catherine Bowen, Plascon Trends Editor
White-washed Scandinavian floors are trending big-style in interiors, and we’re giving you a step-by-step “How To” – just in time for the weekend!
White-Washed Scandinavian Floors How To DIY Guide
The method that I found on Remodelista is from Betsy Brown who says that her formula works on all types of hardwoods…
The step-by-step instructions for white-washed Scandinavian floors are as follows:
After sanding the floors, bleach them twice and clean them using Plascon’s Woodcare Cleaner & Brightener and then use the stain recipe (below)…
- 10 litres of mineral spirits
- 3.8 litres of white low-luster oil paint
- 750 ml of ebony stain
- A tube of purple tint (or a tube of blue and a tube of red)
- A tube of ochre tint
Start by mixing 7 litres of mineral spirits and 2 litres of white low-luster oil paint with 750 ml of ebony stain. Mix that together thoroughly and test it on a sample board that has been bleached twice. Then add whatever you need to alter the formula to achieve the desired look.
In addition to the white paint and ebony stain (which together, add up to grey), you should have tinting pigment on hand – bought in tubes that counteract the colour you’re trying to neutralize:
- Bleached red and white oak turns lemon-yellowish, so the stain should include a minute amount of purple.
- Unbleached red oak turns reddish, so the stain should include a minute amount of green to neutralize the red.
- Yellow pine turns yellow/orange, so the stain should include purple/blue tint to neutralize the yellow-orange.
- Heart pine turns red-orange, so the stain should include green/blue tint to neutralize the red-orange.
Always add the colour opposite to the one you’re trying to neutralize. Refer to a colour wheel to determine a colour’s exact opposite.
- If it’s too white, add more mineral spirits and ebony stain
- If it’s too yellow, add more ebony stain or a small amount of purple tint
- If it’s too gray, add more China White and mineral spirits
- If you go too far with the purple tint, counteract it with the ochre tint
Instructions for the flooring contractor:
Stir until you are SURE it’s completely mixed. Keep re-stirring at frequent intervals throughout the staining process. Apply with a brush and quickly wipe off with a rag.
Seal with 3 coats of semi-gloss latex sealer.
Screen between 1st and 2nd coat of sealer
It’s fine that the stain is oil based and the sealer is latex, because the formula is primarily mineral spirits – so it’s very thin. This formula works fine every time.
Happy DIYing this weekend everyone 😉