Fridays at Home: Painted floors

23rd March 2012


Painted floors.

Here are some things you should know:

1. The floor will never be clean enough.

[Turn off your inner clean freak, and deal.]

2. Even if you’re just painting the floor a solid color, it’s time consuming. Your back will hurt. So will your knees.

3. A wet washcloth for mistakes is a must.

4. If you are painting any sort of design, invest in Frog Tape. Only a couple dollars more, and you will pay yourself several times over in time.

5. An alcoholic beverage would not go amiss. 🙂


Beyond that, it’s been 3 years since I painted my floors, so these instructions from Effortless Style blog (one I follow) are great. Sherwin Williams also has some great tips. Essentially, prep is the most important and frustrating step.

Why did I choose to paint my floors?

My sunporch is as long as my living room but very narrow. The floor from the living room to the sunporch is separate, and the sunporch is several inches lower than the living room floor. The wood was also totally different because it looks like the sunporch was walled in sometime in the 1920s. The floors weren’t rotten, but they certainly weren’t pretty either. Plus, I wanted to make that area flow with the overall space. Without something to tie that space in, I think it would look very strange. So I painted black and cream stripes on the floor, drawing the space visually toward the living room. These aren’t the best pictures, but you get the idea (though of course the rug in the second pic sort of defeats the purpose. It has since been removed):

Here are some much more professional and much more artistically-daring floors. I love them.

Image source unknown

Via Rebecca June’s blog – taken at a Kate Spade floor in Florida

Image via Design*Sponge

Designer Nora Fleming’s kitchen

Via Effortless Style blog

Painted floors. They’re certainly nothing new, but they have gained a lot of popularity in the design world recently. It can be a really useful way to cover up less-than-perfect floors, or it can be a dramatic focal point.

What do you think?

Happy Friday!

P.S. Sara: Hope this helps! 🙂

  • Terri B.

    Love your black and ivory floor!

    • Thanks! It was a lot of work, but I’m partial to it myself.

  • Anonymous

    I think your painted floor looks great! Very classic.

    • They really are lovely. I really love the Kate Spade bright ones, too, though I think you’d have to be brave to put that in your space.

  • The sunporch floor looks fantastic! Good work!

    • Thanks! I think painted floors can be really great, and they certainly solved my problem.

  • Oh I laugh at imagining myself painting floors… would be a huge mess!!! But yours turned out awesome!!!

    • My best friend was over while I was doing part of it. She thought I was nuts! 🙂

  • Your home is gorgeous!! I am one of those who just does not have an eye for style whatsoever (home or personal). Thank you for sharing your home with us each week–I always look forward to what you’ll include!

    • You are so sweet. I was worrying today that everyone is sick and tired of my house. I need to start crashing other people’s houses and showing pics!

  • Sara (wordyevidenceofthefact.b

    So helpful and encouraging! We will likely paint my daughter’s bedroom floor this week and the kitchen floor in the next few weeks, and I’m very excited as I just LOVE the look. One question after reading the effortless style instructions: did you use the BreakThrough paint she recommends or something else? We’d been assuming we’d use floor/porch paint.

    • I didn’t. I actually just used the porch floor paint, the kind that’s tintable. But that BreakThrough seemed to work super well in her space, and it’s a lot more high traffic than my sun porch. So.. you may want to stick to that simply because it sounds like you’ll be painting high-traffic areas as well. Good luck, and share pics if you can!

  • I love your striped floors. What a great idea! Am finally back to reading blogs again. Have a long way to go before I catch up

    • Well, you have a bit of an excuse. 😉 How is that sweet baby?

  • Your house is gorgeous!! I am one of those who just does not have an eye for design at all (home or personal). Thank you for giving your property with us each week–I always look ahead to what you’ll include!

  • I absolutely love what you did to the floor of your sunporch! You really did a brilliant job! I also like the color combination. I am also awed by Nora Fleming’s kitchen floor. The contrast of the natural wood color from the white backdrop is gorgeous. This gives me more ideas. Thank you so much.

  • Talk about making your living space looking divine! The given samples in this post are indeed inspiring! How lovely it would be to have your flooring designed just the way you like it.

  • Very nice gallery posted thanks for sharing…….

  • Fred1973

    You have posted a very nice gallery of floors. They really look good and quite modern. I would also suggest you have a look at some floor designs at