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Los Angeles Hardwood Flooring Project #8:

Los Angeles Restaurant Hardwood Floor Refinishing + Dark Stain

This hardwood floor refinishing project was a fun one. Located in Los Angeles, the LULU at the Hammer restaurant's floor had seen better days. After years of heavy foot traffic and spilled food and drink, the 700sqft of hardwood flooring needed to be freshened up.

BEFORE LULU at the Hammer hardwood floors before
AFTER LULU at the Hammer hardwood floors after

Despite years of customer use, the original floors were still in good shape. They were super wide plank 12" French Oak imported from Grato in Spain. The just needed to be sanded back to bare wood, stained and then refinished. To match the existing concrete, a beautiful dark stain from Duraseal called aged Barrel was chosen. A commercial grade water-based finish system that would stand up to the busy restaurants foot traffic was used. We used a product from German finish manufacturers Loba. The product is Loba Supra Extra Matte, perfect for this type of commercial application. If you're in Los Angeles, pop by and check out this beautiful dark stained hardwood floor for yourself.

12" French Oak
Loba Supra Extra Matte
Duraseal Aged Barrel

Project Photos...

Original hardwood floor before refinishing
The original hardwood floor at LULU at the Hammer before sanding, staining and refinishing
LULU at the Hammer entrance floor
The restaurant entrance flooring
Resturant wood floor in seating area
Original resturant floor in seating area
Hardwood floor after sanding
Wood floor in seating area after sanding
Entrance area after sanding
Entrance area after sanding
Bar area after sanding
Bar area after sanding
Wide plank French Oak ready for dark stain
All ready to stain the wide plank French oak floor dark
Restaurant bar area stained dark
Restaurant bar area stained dark
Close up of Duraseal Aged Barrel stain
Close up of Duraseal Aged Barrel stain
12 inch wide French Oak all sanded, stained and refinished
French Oak all sanded, stained a beautiful dark shade and refinished with a commercial grade finish


Marcos and his team did an incredible job refinishing 20 year old maple floors throughout our home. Upon meeting and discussing the process, I was hopeful things would turn out as he explained but still a bit skeptical. The finished product was more than I expected. My floors now look like art! They're beautiful. Its everything he said and more. I can't believe I waited so long to have this done. I'd seen his work in a neighbors house and was impressed back then. And the professionalism. Stuck to the schedule and the entire process was seamless. I came home to a new house. And it was clean!! You wouldn't have known they were here. (Other than my perfect new floors!! ) Matt Bryant - 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...


Best in class. The only aspect of our home renovation that didn’t stress us out! Marcos and his team are professional, on time, kept on track with their timeline, and most importantly knows the trade better than anyone else. He is invested in the upkeep as well and made sure we were fully knowledgable about how to care for our floors. When our plans changed about flooring in our laundry room marcos still helped us pull up the existing wood. Fantastic service! Tahra L Grant - Los Angeles, CA | 5 Star Review on Google

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


We recently purchased. a home with carpet on top of hardwood floors that were original to the house. We decided to try to refinish the floors since they were in good condition. The only problem was that parts of the house had vinyl tiles over the hardwood. After removing the vinyl tiles, what remained was a layer of asphalt mastic. It didn't look promising at all. CMC flooring to the rescue. Marcos (the owner) came by and gave me a quote, told me that they will be able to work with it, they just needed to use a special attachment to remove it. As promised, the floors came out great! It took 2.5 days for 3 sanding sessions. We decided to use the hardwax oil refinishing product, which allowed a variety of colors. Marcos made the samples on the floor so can see what the product looks like on the actual floor, rather than just going off of pictures. The floors came out great, it took 1.5 days to apply 2 coats, (a day each) and we were able to walk on it the floors after 24 hours of the 2nd coat. We left the windows open to let the product air out, and moved in with furniture after 48 hours. We love our new floors. Marcos was very professional, courteous and always on-time. When I first spoke with him on the phone, he explained the entire process and educated me on the different options. I always had time to think it over over before making a decision, there was no pressure at all. At the end of every day, Marcos would call and give me an update on the process. We also went with the dustless sanding, and true to their word, there were no sand dust in the house! We cannot be happier with the services that CMC Hardwood Floor Refinishing had provided and Marcos is a true professional and pleasure to work with. David Tien - Los Angeles, CA | 5 Star Review on Google

Would you like similar results for your floors?

If you have a similar commercial space, or private home, with hardwood floors that need sanding and refinishing like these beautiful hardwood floors in Los Angeles above, we would love to help. Click here to Schedule Your Estimate and we’ll be in touch.

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