Painted floors create amazing results. Using simple wood floor paint, wood floor finishes, floor stain and a floor varnish; painting wood floors is relatively easy and inexpensive and turn your floors into a feature.
If you have new floorboards you probably won’t need to do a lot to make them look amazing, especially if you have good quality wood floors. If that’s the case you only need to oil or seal them and let the natural grain come through.
What if you paint them black?
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Here are ways of getting your painted floorboards right the first time!
Its easy to make a your painted floorboards a feature when you use a good quality paint.
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White floors are very popular, but you can easily use anything from neutrals, bright floor paint colors and even black and get a stunning look. You might decide on an eggshell floor paint finish. A lot will depend on your budget, but even though paint color is important you also need to take into account:
You want it to look great and last.
White painted floors have been popular for some time.
They are a great for old boards and bring light and space into a room; but they can be difficult to get perfect, so don’t stress if gaps or imperfections show up. That is part of the charm of old wood boards.
A porch paint, such as Valspar Paint, is fine for a rustic approach, but many porch or basement paints aren’t designed for timber flooring, even though they can give a sleek result when applied well. (More on how to paint concrete floor paints here).
If you’re after a longer-lasting glossy finish, try a water based acrylic urethane that has been tinted white.
If you’re working with existing floorboards, floor sanding is completely necessary to remove the existing finish and create a smooth surface to paint.
Without this step, your floor may not absorb your stain, paint or wash you apply and show up uneven blemishes, holes or patchy stains. When painting, cover any space beneath doors with plastic to keep dust out and avoid spoiling your floors.
Once you have prepared your surface you can:
Milk paint floors are easy and look great. The best known are Miss Mustard Seed Milk Paint and Annie Sloan. But there are lots of other great companies like Old Fashioned Milk Paint ( and often less expensive). Here is a video showing you how this simple technique can change your home decor to wow!
Painted floors wear better and longer when your paint is thin. Never apply thick paint to floorboards – its easy to do when you are in a hurry but it won’t last.
The reason thinly painted floors wear slower is because they dry harder.
For long lasting durability use oil-based primers and paints for floorboards. You can also buy waterborne enamels, like Deft or Zar, or other specialty floor paints to protect your floor paints.
If you prefer milk paint there is a great selection of milk paint available or you can make your own milk paint to get a particular look or want an extra decorating challenge.
Make choosing a floor paint color easy by following these simple rules.
You can walk on your floor within 24 hours but please, no high heels! For the best result, wait 28 days for maximum hardness before adding heavy furniture.
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