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Los Angeles Hardwood Flooring Project #13:

Laurel Canyon Bleached Blonde Hardwood Floor + Rubio Monocoat

This was a unique hardwood floor transformation to say the least. These light floors are Sapele wood. The owners of this Los Angeles hardwood floor didn't like the orange look and wanted to change them to a light colored floor. The orange tone was due to a combination of the wood’s natural color and the oil based hardwood floor finish that had been applied years ago that had now yellowed and darkened with age. Below you can see the transformation of these wood floors from orange to bleached blonde...

BEFORE Sapele wood flooring before refinishing
AFTER Sapele wood floor after refinishing

The dustless refinishing process helped to remove the old orange polyurethane however there was still pinkish tone in the wood the initial sanding process. What to do? We bleached the wood floors twice. The process was carefully done and the floors went from red/pink to blonde. After letting the bleach dry, we neutralized and finished the floors with Rubio Monocoat Oil Plus 2C hardwax oil. The light floors now make the space feel bright and clean. We love the outcome of this bleached floor in Los Angeles, as do the homeowners.

Rubio Monocoat

Project Photos...

Sapele original orange color
The original Sapele floors looking a little worn
worn Sapele floor
All ready to be sanded and refinished
Sanding the old finish off the floor
Mount Laurel, CA Sapele kitchen floor
Bleaching process to lighten the floors
Sapele kitchen floor Laurel Canyon, CA
You can see how much lighter they are after bleaching compared to the orange hue in the before photos above
dining room Sapele Rubio Monocoat
The Sapele floor after bleaching...
bleached Sapele with hardwax oil finish
... and Rubio Monocoat applied.
Bleached Sapele floor in Laurel Canyon, CA
And here is the finished result!


Marcos just finished refinishing our hardwood floors, and they are absolutely beautiful! Working with him has been the easiest part of a long remodel project. He communicated details in advance and always arrived on time. He finished the work in the exact time he estimated it would take. He and his crew were meticulous. They removed old floor vents and patched the holes. You cannot tell at all where the new wood comes into the old. When it came time to choose a color, they put the samples right there on the floor so we could see exactly what it would look like. I feared that the process would be very dusty, but Marcos uses excellent equipment and the dust was minimal, no problem at all. He used plastic to protect adjoining rooms from dust. His price was extremely fair. I received a bid from another company that was nearly twice as much, but I was not confident they could do the work. I'm so glad I went with CMC Hardwood Floors. I am thrilled with the floors and highly recommend Marcos! Kimberly S. - San Marcos, CA | 5 Star Review on Yelp

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


Marcos and crew did a fantastic job sanding and refinishing our original 1950s hardwood floors inside, as well as our beat up wooden deck outside. Everything was on schedule and on time; the workers were absolutely professional and very nice. The results were amazing - never knew our floors could look so good. Thank you Marcos and CMC Hardwood! Karyn M. - Venice, CA | 5 Star Review on Yelp

Would you like similar results for your floors?

If you are after a custom floor like the one above we transformed in Laurel Canyon, Los Angeles, we would love to team up with you. If you would like to find out how much it will cost to sand and refinish your wood flooring, click here to Schedule Your Estimate and we’ll be in touch.

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