Enter: Rubio Monocoat
Here are just a few sample boards to give you a better idea of the looks you can create:
Adding to the fun even more, you can add a product called ‘Fumed’ to your boards to create even more unique looks with Oak or Ash floors. We found that the ‘fumed’ instantly darkened our floors and allowed more of the wood grain to come through. For example the 5% Smoke is a very light color; however when you apply the fumed first, you get this:
As if all of this creativity wasn’t enough, there are several other HUGE benefits for Rubio Monocoat:
1. As the name suggests, you really and truly only need ONE COAT! No sealer, no poly! It goes on fast and cures within 36 hours. (Much faster than the typical 3 coat system of stain and poly)
In their own words:
“Monocoat adheres with the first microns of wood by molecular bonding… because of molecular bonding, no surface film can form, and no variable saturation can occur. Not only is a second coat not required, the finished wood will not accept a second coat.”
2. There are zero fumes! VOC free! It honestly smells like flowers when you apply it. A big plus for us with our house full of little ones.
3. Long lasting and durable. Unlike traditional stains, you can spot repair. The wood will only take one coat of this; SO when you need to touch up a board or two in your home, you won’t need to re-sand the entire area. Just buff on the affected area and you’re good to go.
4. A gorgeous, natural looking matte finish. It really does make your new boards look old.
**Hint, hint: for all of my lovely readers that inquire about how to age wood. You’re going to love it for DIY projects all over the house as well!