An unconventional but bold way to change the appearance of wood floors is to paint them. Polyurethane-based paint can be much less expensive (and more fun) than simply staining them.
To start, choose a neutral color that doesn’t easily expose stain or scuffs. Lighter neutral colors like beige and sky blue are good options, compared to more extreme colors like royal purple or the obvious-to-scratch and hard to match black or dark brown.
Next, move the furniture from the room in question and the hard work can begin. If you imagine that your wooden floor is a canvas, the challenge becomes to make that canvas as consistent and clean as possible. This means sweeping, sanding, and washing the surface completely to remove any dust and detritus that will make painting harder. Use a floor enamel or primer to prepare for the first layer in your desired color.
Order of Operations
When you start, it’s important to paint the edges near the walls first. Don’t forget to have some paint on hand the same color as your walls just in case! Also, use some place tape to stay within the lines. Coating the majority of the surface will be much faster and easier on your back with the use of a paint roller.
Keep your layers as thin as possible, spreading evenly and waiting a full day before applying additional coats. Keep the temperature higher and avoid painting during humid times of the year to keep drying time shorter. If you intend to paint a pattern, remember to apply the lightest color first.
After about 3 layers of paint, and any designs that you wish to include, add a finishing coat of polyurethane to give the paint a lasting shine. Be mindful of fumes during the project, and prepare to have the room completely unavailable for the good part of a week.
A painted floor will definitely raise eyebrows when people visit your home. But, if you take your time and choose your paints wisely, a painted floor can be a beautiful and unique addition to any home. Come chat with our people to guarantee it’s done right!