My wood floors were installed back in the day when they were glued down. There was no way a do it yourselfer would want to tackle it. The store where I bought the flooring told me to use Bona and gave me a starter kit. I strayed away and the floors looked dull. How did my wood floors look new again? I used Power Plus Bona Hardwood Floor Deep Cleaner and the Power Plus Bona Hardwood Floor Deep Cleaner
Throughout the years I tried all sorts of cleaning products and methods. From power machines to cleaning on my hands and knees. Oh boy why would I do that?
So when I was asked to try out the Power Plus Bona Hardwood Floor Deep Cleaner and the Power Plus Bona Microfiber Deep Clean Pad I was on board. I am not sure if you can tell by the photos but these products do an excellent job in cleaning the floors.
With other products the floors would look clean until they were dry. Then the floor looked dull and like a film was on it. Certainly not what I wanted. I wanted my floors to look as good as they did when first installed.
These products are easy to use. No hauling out machines, making sure cleaner didn’t puddle on the floor and leave a residue.
First, vacuum, sweep or dust mop the floor thoroughly. The next step is to mist the Power Plus Bona Hardwood Floor Deep Cleaner on the floor. Use the Power Plus Bona Microfiber Deep Clean Pad to clean the floor. I clean the floor in sections. Rinse the cleaning pad often to avoid any streaks.
Now when the sun shines on the floor I don’t see streaks and dried water marks. That makes me happy.
That’s all there is to it for like new floors. Do mine look like they are 16 years old? Two big dogs, multiple cats and me going in and out with who knows what on my shoes through the years. Let me tell you I am never going to be without these products. And I am loving how my wood floors look new again.
To get you started caring for your wood floors so they look like new again, Bona is offering you a $3.00 off coupon. Go to the Bona web site for the coupon and learn about all of the fabulous products they offer. And then when your friends and family see how great your wood floors look, be sure to share your secret with them.
Is It A Shelf Or Is It A Mantel
Is it a shelf or is it a mantel? That is the question I had in my mind when I saw this on top of a heap of stuff in a thrift store. I immediately knew it would look beautiful in a shabby chic look. And for once my vision stayed true.
I had this shelf or mantel if that is what is looks like to you for a while. We both knew it had to be white with undertones of gray and tan. You may think that is an odd combo but it works. I first tried it when I restored a vintage cabinet. The cabinet lost its top. My solution was to tile the top. The salvage yard had small squares of tile that resembles stone with gray and tan veins so that is what started this color trend for me.
As usual, I started off by giving this shelf or if you prefer mantel by cleaning it with Murphy’s Oil Soap. I apologize for the less than perfect before pictures. I didn’t want to put holes in my wall so I propped it up on a cabinet and the lighting was not very good. When I finished painting the piece I finally figured out where to put it for the final photo.
Anyway once the shelf or mantel was ready to be painted I started with Temperate Taupe by Sherwin Williams made into my DIY chalk paint recipe. It almost always takes two coats of paint and this was no exception. Then the next layer of DIY chalk paint is the gray paint.
I used a baby wipe to wipe the paint off in some areas after the paint dried just a little bit. It is just another way to distress. After two coats of the gray DIY chalk paint it was time for one of my favorite white paints by Sherwin Williams. It is a color called Creamy. To me it does not have to much red or yellow in it. When I want to paint something white that is the color I usually chose.
Once again I distressed the shelf or mantel with the baby wipe after the paint set up a little bit. I gave the shelf – mantel a light sanding and then waxed with a clear wax.
When it came time to do the after photo shoot I carried the shelf or mantel all over the house. I finally took it outside and hung it on the old fence gate. I sure wish I had thought of that for the before pictures. I like the juxtaposition of the rough weathered wood against the Shabby Chic look of the shelf or would you say mantel?