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When opening a retail store, you may have to make a decision about the flooring being installed. If you are fortunate enough to get to plan the design of the interior of the building, you have quite a few great options to consider. Our blog is all about commercial flooring for retail spaces. You will learn about the different types of flooring available that will help to reduce the amount of noise that is carried through the building, how to find easy to care for flooring and what you can do to make your decision a little easier on your mind and your budget.



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How To Give An Old Hardwood Floor A Weathered Beach Look

by Vanessa Douglas

If your hardwood floor is starting to look old and worn out, you may be considering replacing it. However, there's another alternative. If you live in a home with a coastal style, or you would like to adopt the coastal/beachy style, consider refinishing your hardwood floor to give it a weathered, sand-blown look.   

This refinishing method hides wear on your floor. In fact, it makes it look as if the wear is there on purpose. If you have a formal dining room, you'll probably want to remodel around the floor with new, more casual furniture as the weathered floor tends to have a more laid-back look.  

To refinish your floor, you will need:

  • Coarse and fine-grain sandpaper
  • An electric sander
  • 1-2 gallons of pale gray paint (depending on the size of your floor)
  • Matte finishing spray
  • Large paint brushes
  • A large bucket
  • Water
  • Old rags
  • A shop vacuum


  1. Use the electric sander to sand away any finish that remains on the floor. Start with the coarser sandpaper, and then move to the finer sandpaper. Make sure you wear a face mask to avoid breathing in the wood dust. Focus on any areas that seem splintery.
  2. Vacuum up any dust on the floor. Then, moisten some rags, and wipe over the floor to make sure you capture all of the residual dust. Let the floor dry for 1-2 hours.
  3. In the large bucket, combine 1 gallon of paint with 1/2-gallon water. Watering down the paint in this manner makes it look somewhat transparent, like a whitewash, once it is applied.
  4. Starting in one corner of the room, apply the paint to the floor. Remember that the paint is not supposed to cover the floor completely. It should form a thin layer and let the floor shine through in some areas. Keep painting until you've completed the entire floor. If you have a large room, you may need to dilute and use the second gallon of paint.
  5. Let the floor dry for a day. If you want to make the floor look even more weathered, you can use the sandpaper to sand away the paint in some areas. However, this is optional.
  6. Put on a face mask, and starting in one corner of the room, spray the floor with the matte finishing spray. Make sure you're applying a thin, even layer.
  7. Let the floor dry for 1 more day, and then you can use it as you please. 

For further assistance, contact local professionals, such as those from Cooper Floors.