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Great Empire Furniture Needs Complimentary Flooring- How To Refinish Your Floors

Best Floor Colors From House Beautiful MagazineBest Floor Paint Colors- Gray Beige with gray blue – House Beautiful

Best Floor Paint Colors- Benjamin Moore Deep Caviar 2130-20, Silver Lining 2119-60

Best Floor Paint Colors- Benjamin Moore Decorators White

Painted Floors For The Empire Styled Home

Dining Room Wood Floors Taped Then Painted  Found on housebeautiful.com

 Painted Concrete Floors –Found on apartmenttherapy.com

DIY Plank Floors – White wash made from primer mixed with 3 parts water-Found on houseseven.blogspot.com

Painted white floors with a black trim border –Found on littleoldbungalow.blogspot.com

Guest Post By Jason Phillips

A hardwood floor can look fantastic when it is first laid, however, over time it will fade, become scratched and probably attract a few blemishes. Fortunately it is possible to refinish a real wood floor and return it to an as new condition. It is recommended to complete the following procedure once every eight to ten years, although this timescale can be reduced for those areas which are used more frequently; such as the kitchen or hallway.

Preparation

Refinishing a hardwood floor will take between five and seven days. It is essential to be aware of this before you start to ensure you have enough time to complete the job. You may also need to consider an alternative route around your house for this time period, or even setting up a temporary kitchen! One of the first things you will need to do is remove all furniture from the room, you will also have to ensure any pets are kept away from the area and that children will not destroy your work. It may be prudent to complete the work when your family can take a few days vacation.

Compile your kit

In order to complete this job successfully it is essential to have the right tools available. It is best to compile these before you start any work.

  • Orbital Sander
  • Scraper
  • Masking Tape
  • Rags
  • Vacuum Cleaner
  • Stain; oil based
  • Varnish
  • Long handled roller
  • Brushes
  • Paint trays

Preparing the Room

Tape the room! The first stage will involve sanding and this will create a large amount of dust. Before you start sanding you need to tape up electrical sockets and anything else which can trap the dust. You may also want to lay a line of tape at the doorway to ensure anyone else in the house knows that work is being completed in the room. The same precautions should be taken when dressing yourself; wear a mask, goggles and a dust suit to minimize any skin irritation.

Sanding the floor

The best sander to use is a random orbital sander; it is possible with a drum sander but this is a more difficult machine to use and may leave marks on the floor. To achieve the best results never push down on the sander, it is essential to keep it moving and allow it to do the job by itself. To achieve the best results you should use a medium grit sand paper followed by a fine grit one. When the entire floor has been sanded you will need to thoroughly vacuum it and then wipe it down with a damp cloth to ensure all the dust has been removed.

Apply the stain

The stain needs to be applied in a thin, even layer across the floor. If you are intending to match it to an existing color then you will need to complete a color test first in an inconspicuous area. Stain can dry relatively quickly so it is important to do small areas at a time and start the next area before the first one dries. This will prevent you from having stain lines where the different areas meet. The best stain to use is oil based as this will take longer to dry and give you more time to ensure a perfect finish.

Sealing the floor

It is best to put three coats of sealant down, this will ensure the stain remains unblemished and does not incur scuffs and other scratches. The sealant can be polished regularly to keep your floor looking good. The best way to apply the sealant is to use a long handled roller and carefully cover the entire room. Once finished allow the floor to dry for an hour before lightly sanding and applying a second coat. You will need to repeat this for the third coat and then leave the floor untouched for forty eight hours to allow the sealant to set properly.

It’s tough to care for delicate furniture, especially if you’re planning on redoing the flooring. However, it can be achieved without too much damage. You will need rubber flooring supplies, as well as additional tools to get things started. But as soon as you’ve gotten to understand the process, the whole flooring remodeling will go so much smoother.

Empire Interiors Based Around Cream, Ecru and Mustard

Empire Style Decorating-Jacques Grange

Peak of Chic posted some fabulous pictures of the home Jacques Grange designed in New York, which appeared in the House & Garden article in the December 2003 issue, and then again in the House & Garden, May 2006 issue.

The Empire style, sometimes considered the second phase of Neoclassicism, is an early-19th-century design movement in architecture, furniture, and other arts.  The movement started in Europe and continued in America until around 1830. The style continued in popularity outside the major metropolitan centers well past the mid-nineteenth century.

The style originated in France, after the rule of Napoleon I, as a way of making a bold statement for the French state.

The style corresponds to the Biedermeier style in the Scandinavian and German areas, and was seen in the Federal style in the United States.

French Empire Style Stool Greenwich Living

French Empire Style Stool Greenwich Living Antiques

Tom-Hayes-

Tom Hayes also shows us the beauty of white and gold next to each other. Here we have gilt frames on the wall next to a Gilt Eagle Convex Sconce Mirror. This look is very sophisticated.

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Classic Decorating – Empire Decorating Ideas Beta-Plus Publishing
The 100 Best Projects with Reclaimed Materials

All the hotels – Khowan

Frank Faulkner Featured in New York Spaces Magazine

Designer Frank Faulkner

Nina Griscom's stunning Millbrook, New York home

Nina Griscom’s stunning Millbrook, New York home

Erin Martin Design

Erin Martin Design

Erin Martin Design

Erin Martin Design

Alex Hitz's Perfect House for Entertaining - House Beautiful

Alex Hitz’s Perfect House for Entertaining – House Beautiful

Carolyne Roehm

Carolyne Roehm

ANTIQUE FRENCH EMPIRE PAINT DECORATED DAYBED From Urban Artifacts 99 on ebay

Antique French Empire Painted Daybed From Urban Artifacts 99 on ebay

Mathilde Agostinelli's Home, House and Garden May 2006

Mathilde Agostinelli’s Home, the public relations director for Prada in France. Featured in House and Garden May 2006

Maison Jansen Nesting Tables Greenwich Living

Maison Jansen Nesting Tables Greenwich Living Antiques

Timothy Corrigan

Timothy Corrigan

Alberto Pinto - Interior Designs

Alberto Pinto  – Interior Designs

Designer Frank Faulkner

Designer Frank Faulkner

Empire style round foyer table Bernadette Livingston

Bernadette Livingston

San Francisco Designer Stephen Shubel

San Francisco Designer Stephen Shubel

The Louis Vuitton: The Chicest Taboo shoot, photographed by James Meakin

Faux painting techniques, or faux finishes, adds visual interest in any room.

Faux painting involves many different techniques that combine paint and glaze using various tools to create finishes that imitate marble, stone, wood, and other textures, including raw silk.

Many homeowners enjoy testing new techniques themselves and enjoy the money they save while doing so!

Madeleine Castaing

Madeleine Castaing

Castaing’s life-long preference for cozy Napoleon III furnishings, striped wallpaper and her distinctive 18th century furniture has made her as popular today as ever. Consider picking up her book “Celebrating The World of Madeleine Castaing” on Amazon

18th 19th Centruy Russian Neoclassical Sofa Greenwich Living

18th 19th Centruy Russian Neoclassical Sofa Greenwich Living Antiques

Pieter Estersohn wallls

Pieter Estersohn Photography

Paolo Moschino At Home

Paolo Moschino and Philip Vergeylen’s London Home

Château de Serrant

Château de Serrant

Gallery Wall In A Leopard Print, Mary McDonald

Gallery Wall In A Leopard Print, Mary McDonald

 Nancy Boszhardt

Nancy Boszhardt Inc

Asli Tunca - Istanbul

Asli Tunca – Istanbul – Interior Archives

Flooring Fit For Empire Style Decorating

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This wonderful picture that was featured on Decorology features a geometrical tiled floor.

Astor Courts, a 15,000 square foot estate in Rhinebeck, NY 2

Astor Courts, a 15,000 square foot estate in Rhinebeck, NY

Candida Fisher Designed By Aman & Carson November 2009 Elle Decor

Candida Fisher

Candida Fisher

Candida Fisher Designed By Aman & Carson November 2009 Elle Decor

Astor Courts, a 15,000 square foot estate in Rhinebeck, NY 1

Astor Courts, a 15,000 square foot estate in Rhinebeck, NY with very classical architectural lines. Some of the pictures remind me of Robert Adam’s classic style and use of marble, classic columns, and marble tiled flooring.

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A 19th-Century London Townhouse – Architectural Digest