That should have been thought out ahead of time and been part of the
installation. Have the new boards been stained or sealed yet? If not, you
can have a lot of fun distressing them and selectively staining them to
match. A bunch of kids can add 100 years to a floor in an afternoon if
I've had success using caustic soda (lye) to age pine. Use a saturated
solution, paint it on with some rags wired to a stick (it eats brushes),
allow to dry, wash off with a mop and water then neuralise any remaining
caustic with vinegar. It's very corrosive, so don't get it on your hands or
On Fri, 25 Jul 2003 16:48:10 +0000 (UTC), "aceofwands"
BTW, are you sure it is the same kind of pine? I have a "yellow pine"
floor in my 100 year old house and when I needed some replacements I had to
get recycled boards -- i.e., floor made from wood that had been taken out
of old buildings. It wasn't for the aging -- it was because that type of
pine is not commercially logged any more. The newly milled flooring
matched the original flooring perfectly.
I added an addition to an old house. We put new oak flooring next to the
nearly 100 year old flooring. Both were sanded. A dilute stain was applied
to the new boards that made it match the old boards so well, it was hard to
see where one started and another began. Also, there was a certain amount
of distressing of the new floor to match what we couldn't get out of the
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