Welcome to my Flooring Blog where I share articles about commonly asked flooring questions. I share info on hardwood floors and refinishing, carpeting and carpet runners, tile and natural stone flooring, laminate, vinyl, linoleum and cork flooring.
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Below are my most popular Flooring Blog articles:
- Dark vs Light Hardwood Flooring – Pros and Cons
- How to Refinish Gray Hardwood Floors – The Right Way
- Coretec Plus Review – Looks like hardwood, but it’s waterproof
- Water based vs oil based polyurethane – Which is better for refinishing hardwood floors?
- How long does it take to refinish hardwood floors?
- Can you change the color of your hardwood floors?
- What types of hardwood floors are best for dogs?
- Red Oak vs White Oak Flooring – What’s the difference?
- Hardwood flooring stain trends
Debbie Gartner, The Flooring Girl
Flooring Blog – Recent articles
The top 13 trends for kitchen hardware - cabinet pulls and handles, knobs, faucets and sinks Kitchen hardware is just possibly the most overlooked finish in a kitchen makeover. Yet the choices you make can make a world of difference in the final outcome. But the story...read more
Best wall colors that will complement your gray flooring - gray hardwood, gray carpet, gray tile or slate, gray laminate or LVP Gray floors have become very popular and super stylish over the years, so naturally, many of my customers ask my recommendations for the...read more
The RIGHT way to paint kitchen cabinets and how to do it yourself These days many new homeowners are opting to paint their dated kitchen cabinets rather than replace them. It's much less expensive and way faster as you don't need to worry about the cost of new...read more
Why so many are painting their kitchen and bathroom cabinets these days Do you have dated or even old fashioned cabinets? You know, the ones that look like wood with dark graining? Are they dark and dingy and just not your style? There are so many great reasons to...read more
Most popular shades of paint for cabinets in the kitchen and bathroom Hands down, when it comes to kitchen cabinets, white is the most popular color, and this is followed by closely by gray (as well as greige) and then navy. Cooler colors are most in style, so will...read more
Top rated carpet steam cleaners for your home There is nothing quite like great carpeting or unique area rugs to help complete a room. But how do you keep them looking their best? You could hire a professional to come in a couple of times a year, but that can be...read more
Yes. When you want to stain or change the color of your hardwood floors, you MUST fully sand and refinish the floors. If you don't sand the floors first, the stain won't properly penetrate the hardwood nor will the polyurethane properly adhere. This is the ONLY way...read more
The short answer to this is NO! All hardwood sheens are EQUALLY durable. In this article I'm going dispel several myths related to hardwood and polyurethane: Myth 1: Shinier hardwood floors are more durable compared to matte and satin finishes. FALSE. Myth 2: ...read more
Why Repose Gray from Sherwin Williams is so versatile and works in almost every room! These days, my top two "go to" paint colors have been Repose Gray and Agreeable Gray. Why? Because they are so neutral and flexible that they tend to work in almost every home and...read more
My favorite paint colors that work in almost every home I go to Over the last several years, I've been in hundreds of homes selecting paint colors. I thought it might be helpful to share the colors that seem to work the best in most homes...all in one place. These...read more
No, polyurethane does not make hardwood waterproof, but it does make wood water resistant. Polyurethane gives hardwood its protection. It repels water and prevents water absorption, but it never fully blocks it so it will never make it 100% waterproof. ...read more
The best brands and types of poly that don't turn yellow on hardwood floors Are you wondering how you can avoid that yellow look on your hardwood floors? Yellow is very dated, and the polyurethane you use (the type and the brand) can have a major impact on the...read more
Painting hacks to save you 40% or more on Sherwin Williams I'm big fan of Sherwin Williams paint. While their paint costs a bit more than what you find in the Big Box stores, it's worth it as you get higher coverage, use less paint, and it lasts longer. I also love...read more
2019 Stylish and classic paint shades from Sherwin Williams Are you looking for some fantastic paint colors that are both on trend and long lasting? Well you've come to right place. Sherwin Williams and Pottery Barn have selected their iconic colors of year. Iconic...read more