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Forum topic by hagem posted 03-19-2013 10:30 AM 794 views 0 times favorited 1 reply Add to Favorites Watch
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03-19-2013 10:30 AM


My husband and I are planning on putting down a new wood floor, we have limited funds and a large area, so are planning on doing much of this ourselves. We, by accident, realized that ash from our fireplace, when rubbed into unfinished pine colors it a nice light grey (think aged barn wood) color. Do you think this would work, with a thick clear coat on top of it, as a floor stain?

any input would be much appreciated.

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#1 posted 03-19-2013 04:28 PM

It does work, however it can be a bit inconsistent. You want to pulberize the ash ( blender) as much as possible and then add some water to make a slurry , then work it on the floor and let dry, then wipe off the excess, leaving loose powder can possible create adhesion issues as well it can streak and so forth when you try to apply a top coat,The water opens the grain and allows the ash to act more like a stain/dye and helps it to color.

here is some alternatives in another thread i responded to

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