In addition to offering oil and waterbased finishes and stains, we also offer custom bespoke wood floors. We have the experience and innovation to create an almost endless variety of options to meet nearly any architectural specification. Let us be your trusted partner in creating a floor that will fit seamlessly with your design. With the right collaboration we can assist you in achieving design excellence.
Innovation is a core value for our company and we are continuously exploring new finishing techniques as well as studying the processes of old wood workers and finding ways to take these techniques and apply them to an entire wood floor. Our obsession with pushing the norm with wood floor finishing techniques allows us to push the physical limits of design.
We have worked with countless architects, designers, builders, contractors, commercial clients and homeowners to help them realize their vision. With our finishing expertise and your vision the possibilities for custom floors are endless.
Our custom finishing techniques include; custom staining, dyes, pretreatments that produce different looks through tannic acid reactions including; reactive stains, wood aging treatments, fuming, smoking, and lye pretreatments, Tannic Acid treatments to add tannic acid to woods low in in, bleaching, whitewashed looks, ebonizing, black and gray floors, Ceruse, Wirebrush texturing, Hand scraping and much more..
Custom fuming, smoking & creative effects for wood floors! Endless possibilities of colors, finishes, & textures!
Fuming is an application to wood floors that creates a special graying effect through a tannic acid reaction. We are able to do this to both new and existing flooring. This gray color that this process creates makes for a great color for the floors, or it can act as an undertone for other stains or hardwaxes to be applied on top of it which can create a textured look with certain colors, or can create an amazing depth of color with other colors. We’re able to fume even low tannin woods via a special tannin treatment done prior to fuming. We are also able to adjust the extent of the fume so we can make the wood take on a subtle gray, or a very deep almost charcoal colored grey.
Smoking is another tannic acid reaction. Smoked floors take on an aged sort of patina. We are able to finish floors that have been smoked with either a clean polyurethane or hardwax, with a stain (for a color with a lot of depth), or with a colored hardwax for a textured look. As with our fume, we are also able to adjust the extent of the smoke effect from a mild very light tan/brown lightly aged look, to a deeper/darker brown aged look.
here is some examples of woods that were smoked with various colors of hardwax applied over it.
Rubio Monocoats Precolor product is a waterbased coloring product similar to a deeply pigmented stain or dye. When combined with our many pretreatments and wide range of hardwax oil colors these colors can serve lots of different purposes. They can serve as the main color for a floor, they can have colored hardwaxes applied over them for contrasting color or ceruse look, the white shades can be used to drown out pink tones in red oak prior to using a white finish and much much more. When combined with all of our other custom finishing techniques, the options for colors and looks is literally endless.
Wire brushing is a process that involves brushing the entire surface of your new or refinished floors to create a textured/ distressed look. We’re able to wire brush the entire surface of wood floors with our specialty wire brush machines. When coupled with our many other pretreatments, precolors, stains, dyes, and hardwax oils a wire brushed floor can take on an amazing contrasting color or ceruse look. Rhodes Hardwood is the only company in the state that offers this specialty service to site finished new and refinished floors.
Bleaching is the process of applying a bleach that is specifically made for wood. This pretreatment provides a mild whitish color to many different wood species. It’s applied in very thin layers so we can really dial in the extent of the bleached look. The bleach floor can then be the finished look, or it can be used to drown out the red tones in woods like red oak.
Ebonizing is a process that grays or blackens certain woods. This process is achieved through a natural reaction between a proprietary solution we have perfected and the tannins that are naturally present in certain woods. We can get different looks from gray to black with the process based on the mixture we use and the intensity of the reaction. Ebonizing makes for a very cool way to color a wood floor or it can act as an undertone for other hard wax oils or stains to be applied over which can create textured looks or lots of color depth.
Cerusing is an old finishing technique that was used years ago by furniture builders and finishers. This is a textured or 2 toned look that is achieved by wire brushing certain woods (to scrape out some of the soft grain) then staining or dying the floors and then filling in the soft grain with a different color. We can do any color combination; black with white grain, gray with white grain, white with black grain etc.
Wood lye treatment is a non-corrosive form of bleaching or graying woods. This mild solution is made from a small amount of the type of lye that soap is made from. This can create a bleached or aged driftwood sort of look. Our custom lye blends can be top coated with any of our finishing products; waterbed finish, oil based, or hardwax oils.
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NOTE: Prices listed for custom finishing services are costs that are an addition to our normal service. For example if you were refinishing your floors and you wanted to fume them you would have our normal cost for refinishing as well as the cost of fuming.