It’s a new year and you might be finding yourself wanting to breathe some new life into your home. One easy and fun way to do just that is to do some painting.
Not sold on the idea of just painting the walls? How about your floors? This can give a room so much more dimension than it had before, and it’ll certainly make an impression because it’s not something that is common in a lot of homes.
Read on to learn more about the trend and what you can do to get to work on your floors ASAP!
Sometimes, you can’t easily restore the hardwood floors in a home you’re living in, so painting them will provide the opportunity to fill in cracks, hide uneven coloring, and more.
It can also help to brighten up a room. We’ve written before about how to make small spaces look bigger, and that can all be applied here as well. You can choose any lighter shade and it will reflect the light coming into the room to create the illusion of a larger space.
Doing this is also a more cost-effective way to re-do the flooring in a room. Rather than ripping everything up and reinstalling something else, paint can give the room the same fresh feeling.
Most types of wooden floors can be painted. It’s always a good idea to test a small section of the floor—possible one typically hidden by a piece of furniture—to see how it will look and how your flooring will take the paint. Things to look for here are cracks, bubbles, and anything else that really just doesn’t look right once everything dries.
The first step is choosing a paint. A lot of experts suggest getting an oil-based paint, or anything with polyurethane because it’s stronger and can stand up to time and foot traffic better than the newer, latex-based paints. Remember, too, that you can always apply polyurethane to the flooring as your final step.
Be safe: If you use an oil-based paint, be sure to wear a fume mask and make sure there is plenty of ventilation.
Make sure that you take time to think about the glossiness you want in your paint, and remember that the glossier it is the more nicks and scratches you’ll see in your flooring when you’ve finished painting.
After you choose a color and finish, there will likely be some prep work to do on your floors, unless you’re working with raw flooring. Rough up the surface of the wood to remove any and all wax that may be on the floor. This will help to ensure that the paint sticks to the flooring and doesn’t just peel off.
After you do that (if you didn’t do any of that, this is your first step) you need tape off the walls/moldings and give the floors a good cleaning to make sure there is no dirt or dust that will get trapped under the paint. Allow the floors to dry completely before you start the next step, which is priming and painting!
You can apply the paint with a brush or a roller—always starting with a brush around the edges of the room. The key is to apply a few thin layers so that it dries evenly. Allow the floors to dry completely between coatings, 24 to 48 hours, before cleaning it up once more to remove any accumulated dust, then apply the next layer.
If the paint looks uneven at all between coats, feel free to sand it a little to smooth it out—just be sure to clean it before you apply the next layer!
You may way to also consider sealing the floors if it’s in a high-traffic area, and you can always add some patterns or designs to your flooring with paint as well. Just make sure to wait for the paint to completely dry before moving furniture back in!
Kayleigh is a content writer with a BA in technical writing/literature and an MA in creative writing. When she’s not at work writing, she’s at home writing, reading, or binge-watching television shows… for research, of course. A big do-it-yourselfer and crafter, Kayleigh loves testing out projects and gifting them to friends and family—all in preparation for when she owns her own home one day and decorates with her own personal creations. Her work has appeared on The Writing Cooperative and as an Honorable Mention in East Meets West American Writers Review.