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Los Angeles Hardwood Flooring Project #17:

Brentwood Walnut Floor from Dark to Light + Rubio Monocoat 

Dramatic changes were in store for this dark Walnut hardwood floor when we showed up. The house was in Brentwood, California, the beautiful hillside suburb of Los Angeles. The owners wanted to change the floor from the dark color, remove all signs of the handscraping and turn it light and flat. Originally they considered replacing the entire floor, roughly 3,000sqft. But a $200,000 price tag seemed excessive. We were able to come in and sand and refinishin it for far less, around $30,000. See the results below...

BEFORE Brentwood dark Walnut hardwood floor before
AFTER Brentwood light hardwood floor after

Changing a hardwood floor from dark to lght isn't a quick or easy task. Especially when you're also dealing with deep grooves from handscraping. First the grooves were sanded out. Then, once the floor was finally flat (and quite a bit thinner), we bleached it twice to lighten it. Next step was applying a pre-treatment product from Rubio Monocoat called PreColorEasy. Vanilla was chosen for the light color. Finally Rubio Monocoat Oil Plus 2C hardwax oil in the color White 5% was applied on top. The whole process took about 2 weeks. But what a transformation! You would never guess it was the same harwood floor. Another quality Brentwood, Los Angeles hardwood floor refinishing project completed and two more happy homeowners. You can read Jesse's comments about our work below...

Handscraped Walnut
Rubio Monocoat
Vanilla + White 5%

Project Photos...

Walnut floor in living room
The existing dark colored handscraped Walnut floor
Handscraped Walnut floor before sanding
You can see where the rug was
Walnut stair landing
Upstairs hallway before sanding
Sanding handscraped Walnut floor
Sanding the handscraped flooring. It was a LOT of work!
Walnut floor sanded
All the scrape marks gone
Family room finished being sanded
Living room fully sanded
Living room sanded and ready for coating
All sanded, bleached and ready to apply PreColorEasy Vanilla color
PreColorEasy and Rubio Monocoat White floor
Rubio Monocoat White 5% was applied over the PreColorEasy
Finished hardwood floor
End result of Walnut sanded and refinished with PreColorEasy and Rubio Monocoat White 5%

HOMEOWNER feedback

I have rarely worked with any contractors that were as organized and professional as CMC Hardwood Floors. Marcos made sure the facility was equipped before he started his job, he finished the job in less time than quoted. The work was beautiful at the end. I couldn't recommend CMC any higher. They were perfect. Jesse McBride - Brentwood, Los Angeles, CA | 5 Star Review on Google

Here's some more feedback we recieved from another hardwood floor refinishing project in the Los Angeles area...


I highly recommend Marcos and the CMC Hardwood Floors team! They did an amazing job refinishing my solid red oak floors, and I cannot be happier with the results. I did a lot of research on floor refinishing and talked to five companies before deciding on CMC. Marcos stood out for his responsiveness, and how much he cares for his craft. He took the time to educate me on the different types of finishes, color options I had with red oak, and what the process would entail with a detailed quote. If you like to do research, check out the level of detail and transparency on his website. Read through all his guides and you will see what I mean. While all the other contractors told me I would need to deal with a lot of dust afterwards, Marcos was the only one who uses high end vacuum systems and could guarantee a truly dustless result. Throughout the weeklong process I would check out my floors daily, and it was hard to believe there was any dust in there at all. I ended up going with bleach plus a Rubio monocoat hardwax oil finish, which was a matte/velvet texture, and I am so happy with the result. Amazing work Marcos and team - thank you! Andrew Waage - Los Angeles, CA | 5 Star Review on Google

Here's another hardwood floor refinishing project we completed in the Los Angeles area...


Marcos and team did a great job on our oak floors. He’s very professional and gave time to answer any of our concerns. He did a test area to see if we liked the color we chose and it came out great! They also replaced some wood where we had pet stains from the previous tenants. Two days and 3 hours and it was all done. After they finished the job he explained how to take care of the floors. We are extremely happy with the outcome and definitely will use their services again. Star Boisselle - Los Angeles, CA | 5 Star Review on Google

Would you like similar results for your floors?

Would you like to have hardwood floors like this installed and refinishied in your home like these beautiful European Oak floors in Santa Monica, California above? If so, we would love to help. If you are ready to find out how much your Los Angeles hardwood flooring project will cost, click here to Schedule Your Estimate and we’ll be in touch.

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