Antique Floor Treatments

Distressed Floors

Distressed Treatment

Distressing is something we can to as a treatment option on any specie of flooring you want. We use a combination of methods to replicate the time worn look of a floor that is 100 + years old. After we install and sand your floors, we distress and treat the floor with a prep product that allows the stain to "age" into the wood. This gives the bumps and bruises that aged look that only comes with years of everyday wear and tear. We then seal the stain and distressing with 2 coats of our exclusive Antique Matte polyurethane finish to replicate the look and patina of an hand-rubbed oil finish. Please refer to our pricing page for more details on this treatment option.

Worm Holes

Worm Holes Treatment

Worm holes as a treatment option add a look of reclaimed or old aged flooring. This treatment option can be done to any specie of wood flooring we sell, but, it looks the best in our opinion with our SugarPine and NewHeart pine flooring when applied sporadically. We also do it to our Heritage Hickory flooring from time-to-time for customers to reproduce a wormy chestnut look. Please refer to our pricing page for more details on this treatment option.

Hand Scraping

Hand Scraping Treatment

At Historic Floor we can sculpt (hand scrape) any specie of plank flooring to your preference. We recommend this feature where an old world, primitive or castle plank style floor is preferred. These floors are simply unique and extremely warm and charming--no doubt the differentiating feature of any home. People are just "wowed" and overwhelmed by these floors when they see them. Most client comment to us that their friends first question is, "how did you ever save these old floors?" Truth is their brand new, just made to look centuries old. See our pricing page for under Treatment Options for more details.

Blackened Edges

Blackened Edges Treatment

If you really want to add an element of authenticity to a floor, no matter what the specie, talk to us and consider blackend and hand-beveled edges. We literally take every board one at time and hand plane each edge giving it a very historically, old world look. We then blacken the edges with flat black paint. Each plank is then installed, sanded,distressed, face-nailed (or not), stained to your color choice and then top-coated with 2 coats of Antique Matte polyurethane finish.

Hand Beveled Edges Treatment

Old world floors tended to have some gaps in the floors. Anyone that’s ever been in an old house can attest to seeing the “cracks in the floor”. At times, these gaps were intentional believe it or not. One reason was to allow heat to rise up through the planks to upper floors. Other times, gaps developed as a result of the floor planks shrinking and drying out over time. Regardless of why, the point is that the appearance of gaps is very reminiscent of “old”. At Historic Floor, we re-create this by hand planning the edges one plank at a time. Please specify whether you want them light, medium or heavily beveled.

Blackened Grain Treatment

Our exclusive blackened grain adds a depth and charm to the grain of any wood floor specie you select from us. This “dirty-grain” effect is achieved by applying our unique blend of black butterfat paint and drying agents that penetrate deep into the grain of the wood. We then hand plane and sand each plank just enough to reveal our Blackened Grain Treatment.

Wire Brushed Treatment

Nothing says it’s had a long exposure to foot traffic like our wire brush treated flooring. This surface treatment allows us to remove the soft-grain in any wood specie giving the remaining wood a unique and antique/weathered look. You will enjoy what we at Historic Floor refer to as the “movement” of wood grain by selecting our wire brushed treatment.

Cobblestone Treatment

Our exclusive Cobblestone Treatment makes any new wood look like it was subject to decade’s worth of clutter brought in and patterned by boots and shoes. Thousands of floors the world over were only accessible by dirt and gravel roads. Those same bits and pieces of gravel hitched a ride into houses and left very distinguished bumps and bruises to the floors. These dings took on grim and stain over time and resulted in a warm, charming ago-old look. At Historic, we tumble your wood of choice with small stones, add your preference of stain and seal those floors to capture our unique Cobblestone Treatment.

Adzed Treatment

In early times, most floor planks were laid across the floor joist where they butted up to one another. Then they were leveled using jack planes and the foot adz—the same tool used to hew logs. The adz was used to hew the planks to ensure there was not height variance between the planks where they butted. These adzing marks revealed themselves over the years by taking on the dirt and oils of everyday life. Our Historic Adz Treatment recreates a unique surface treatment of another era and days gone by.

Square Peg Treatment

Square pegs replicate the “tree nails” that were used since the time of Roman timber-framing. At Historic Floor we use a premium grade of American Black Walnut hardwood to “stud” the butt ends of floor planks of your choice. This look replicates the way many early floors would have utilized wooden pegs to fasten planks directly to the structural support timbers below. Tree nails (pegs) were often used when steel square nails were not available or affordable. Our Historic Square Peg Treatment is very popular with the Mission and Castle Revival styles.

Wood is a natural flooring material that inherently contains distinctive differences in grain and color configurations. These subtle differences that occur in nature create the beauty, warmth and individuality of each Historic™ floor. The room scenes and photography on this site are intended as a visual guide, as your Historic™ floor may vary in actual color or grain pattern.