Whitewashed parquet floors; sounds like it could work, right? Wrong!
In a perfect world every DIY project I did would turn out just the way I wanted it to. In case, you may not have heard, this isn’t a perfect world. Sometimes what sounds like a good idea turns out to be just plain awful. I would say I most definitely learned that lesson with this project. I realized that I really do love the look of whitewashing, just not on parquet flooring.
When this horrible idea occurred to me, our playroom floors looked a little something like this. Yuck!
I was so excited to start working. I couldn’t wait to transform them into something beautiful. In all fairness, I should tell you, my husband was a bit skeptical from the very beginning and tried to talk me out of doing this. But once I get something in my mind, I am determined to make it happen.
First, I rented a floor sander from Lowes to remove the current finish.
Once the floor was sanded, I wiped off all the dust and started the white washing process. I thought it was looking pretty good at that point. Next, I applied several coats of water based poly to it.
Finally, after days of working, it was complete. It wasn’t the worst looking floor in the world. (Although, I haven’t seen anything worse than this, I do believe that out there, somewhere, is a floor that looks worse than mine.) I just didn’t like it. The coloring was inconsistent across the entire area and looked bad. Plus the poly added a yellowing touch to it, that I was not a fan of. This idea might work for someone, it just didn’t work for me.
So, for now it’s back to work. Stay tuned for a future post and see what happens with this floor.
What are your most memorable project fail?