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.
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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?