{Making a Home} : Beautiful Floors

We chose to use natural, non-toxic finishes in our house, including old fashioned milk paint and natural oiled and waxed floors from finishes we made ourselves. That means a bit more work, but no worries about chemicals out-gassing into our home and making everyone sick.

We were so blessed to have intact wood floors that needed only a sanding before refinishing, though we did have to pull some linoleum from the hallways.

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After the floors were sanded and the dust removed, we applied a linseed oil finish that we made ourselves. No scary boiling, no nasty chemical solvents. You still have to be awfully careful because the orange oil is strong and doesn’t feel nice on bare skin in that concentration and quantity.

Renaissance Mama’s Floor oil {to cover up to 1400 sq ft}:
2 gal. Flax oil
2 gal.Orange oil
5 gallon bucket (or size appropriate to your project), with a gamma seal to close it up tightly.

All you need are equal parts of both oils mixed together in your bucket with a clean dowel. The orange oil helps to loosen the flax oil, which is very viscous. Thinner flax oil will spread, penetrate, and dry better.  Coverage depends upon the dryness of your wood.  If you don’t need as much as this, it’s easy to make smaller quantities.  Super simple.

Spill onto your floor and spread with a squeegee. Work quickly in sections and be careful to spread evenly – don’t leave any puddles. Blot the floor with a car or bar mop cloth. You may also wish to apply kraft or contractor paper after waiting 30 minutes. In 24 hours, check to see if your wood has fired or not (it shouldn’t in most cases). If it has (the grain pops up and makes the surface rough), do a light sanding and wipe-down before repeating the oiling process.

Then after another 24 hours, you are ready to wax! You don’t need to wax if you don’t want to, but it makes the finish much more durable, which is important with our big, busy family.

Renaissance Mama’s Floor Wax {Updated}:

1 lb beeswax
1 lb carnauba wax (makes a nice, hard finish. This is what is in Turtle wax)
3 quarts olive oil (increased from 1/2 gallon to make the wax easier to use and apply)
2 oz. essential oils of your choice (I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE our Essence of Chrism oil for this and it compliments the orange oil scent)

In a double boiler, candle pot over simmering water, or homemade Bain Marie, combine the waxes and olive oil together.  Stir, stir, stir until the waxes are melted.  Remove from heat and wipe the bowl.  Wait a couple of minutes and add the essential oil. Pour into large, clean disposable baking tins and let cool. You can use this wax on positively EVERYTHING. Wooden toys, floors, furniture. If you add oil soluble pigments, you can rub it on painted walls for a really beautiful, luminous finish.

This recipe makes enough for about 225 sq. ft. depending upon how dry your wood is.  {I made 6 times this recipe to start with for the first and second floors of the house}

Scoop out a handful (for floors) and spread it around. Work quickly in sections. Have a partner come behind with a buffer and buff the floors to a gorgeous sheen as you go. WEAR SOCKS, bare feet, or cover your shoes with scuffs. DO NOT wear your street shoes on the floor until the buffing is done. Apply a second coat if you’d like.

Wait 12 or more hours before putting your rugs back down to give the wax enough time out in the air to harden up.

 

{Making a Home} | Beautiful Floors

{Making a Home} | Beautiful Floors

{Making a Home} | Beautiful Floors

{Making a Home} | Beautiful Floors

{Making a Home} | Beautiful Floors

{Making a Home} | Beautiful Floors

{Making a Home} | Beautiful Floors

{Making a Home} | Beautiful Floors

{Making a Home} | Beautiful Floors

{Making a Home} | Beautiful Floors

{Making a Home} | Beautiful Floors

Easy peasy! Well, OK… Simple. But hard work. Soooo worth it though.

You can buy your bulk supplies for a big oiling/waxing project at Jedward’s. They were crazy fast, but we’re not that far away.