Painted Floors: What's not to love about these gorgeous beauties?
Yesterday, I posted a few photos of painted floors (Coastal-Kitchen-Inspirations. They are so beautiful, and are such an inspiration in planning a kitchen renovation on a budget, and besides, I totally fell in love with the possibilities! Plain and Simple? Stripes? Stencil? Chevron or mosiac pattern? Whew! The choices are so fun and only limited by your imagination!
I have painted nearly everything that doesn't move, but I haven't painted floors before. Shocking, I know! So, I was doing a little research on the web and thought I would post some DIY info and links just in case you too are thinking of swirling some paint on your own floors!
- This is the most important step of all! The floor must be dry, wax free, gloss-free, and lint-free. If you are painting over an existing finish, sand it first! Find DIY tips at realsimple.com and Elle Decor.com
- Use masking tape to protect the bottom of moldings/cabinets from any splatters!
- Cut in with paint and roll out your base coat. using a short nap roller and a broom stick. Follow the paint manufacturer's instructions for drying time, recoats, etc.
- If you are stenciling a pattern over the painted finish consider your pattern's size -- bigger is better -- and also think about door thresholds and how you will end your pattern.
- For a great step-by-step guide to painting over hardwood using the low VOC product Breakthrough, check out high-heelfootinthedoor.blogspot.com.
Depending on the amount of wear expected or desired, plan on using two to five coats of a water-based polyurethene to protect your painted floor. Unless you want a worn finish, a kitchen floor should have 4 - 5 coats. If you want a lot of shine use a glossy finish -- but it will show scratches - so if you have pets and kids, you really might want to use a matte or satin finish instead. Tada! That's it!
Ok, no one wants to do it, but you need to sweep regularly and wash your pretty painted floor with either a mild detergent, your handy Swifter, or a mix of warm water and white vinegar. Enjoy!
The kids and I are off to the beach for some late summer sun before the school year starts!
Have a fun day!