How to Get: Beautiful Black Stained Floors

How to Get: Beautiful Black Stained Floors

Janel Laban
Jan 26, 2010

I truly love floors that have been stained black. And by this, I don't mean very dark wood floors, or black painted floors - it has to really be a stain finish to get the rich, deep effect that I love. My only fear in taking the leap to these at home would be finding someone to do the process really well, and now, even that excuse is gone...

The January/February issue of Chicago Home + Garden features the home of designer Stephanie Wirth (of Leo Designs) in Lincoln Square. The whole place is pretty wonderful (very glamorous) and worth picking up the magazine to see in detail, but for me, the key bit of info was on page 49 - the source of those beautifully finished floors.

According to the Chicago Home article, Stephanie's floors were done by George Borek of Edward & George Flooring.

His process is described as follows:
First, a power sand of the original floors with two grades of paper.
Second, George applies water "to absorb the stain better".
Third, a minimum of 3 coats of stain (with 12 hour dry time in between) .
Finally, two coats of varnish.

For this job, he used Glitsa Gold Seal Stain's Sable Black.

Even with knowing his exact process (or maybe because we do), this seems like a job best left to George or another pro. But, we're ready to be proven wrong - has anyone tried this type of job as a DIY? Let us know how it went...

(Via/Images: Tate Gunnerson/Chicago Home + Garden/Leo Designs)

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