Painting a Wood Floor – Project Complete

October 15, 2014

You may remember the sad state of our dining room floor from my previous post.
Gaps so big we almost lost small children in them, misaligned wood, bad color, etc.

Well, not wanting to put a lot of money into that floor right now (but still wanting to update it) we decided to paint it.
And so, here is the story of painting a wood floor.

This is not so much a tutorial, but a small account of our experience. I had done some Pinterest research and had found so many cool looking painted wood floors. And after deciding what we wanted it to look like, we just went for it. No real plans to follow, as painting wood is pretty basic, right? I was just hoping it would turn out and I wouldn’t end up writing a fail post!

So, again – we had a lot of large gaps in our parquet flooring. So our first step was to putty those up and sand them down. I wasn’t too concerned about filling all the gaps. Although we were painting the wood floors, I wasn’t trying to hide that they were wood, so I didn’t mind that you were still going to see the pattern of our flooring underneath our paint.

After filling gaps and sanding them down, we then did a quick primer layer (forgot to take a pic). Just your basic white primer.

Next was the base color. I painted 3 coats (this particular color was Behr Ethiopia).

Then came the tricky part. The stencil.

(see you can still see the pattern of our parquet flooring – I like that)

I had a couple stencils (various sized flowers) and my initial plan was to tape the stencil down and to simply paint in. Well, they were so big and with so many petal openings they were just naturally popping up so I knew I wasn’t even going to attempt classic stenciling. That’s when I decided to simply trace each flower and hand paint them all in. I’m SO glad we went that route. I think it ended up being such a cleaner look than had a tried to paint with the stencil in place.

This also allowed me to outline a couple down and get a better feel for placement. I really did not want the floor flowers to look contrived or patterned but to be more organically tossed on the floor.

Each large flower took about an hour to outline and paint. I think there are 13 on the floor with even more of the smaller flowers. I had really hoped this would be a weekend project but with the flowers taking longer than expected it ended up taking a bit longer than that.

After the flowers were painted I sealed with a satin polyurethane. I may eventually sand it down a bit, as the finish is a bit shinier than I like or was expecting.

So, that’s it! We painted a wood floor.
Is there a project you have been wanting to try but have been putting it off out of a little bit of fear? Can you believe we were hesitant to do this project? Look at the flooring before! There was no way we could end up with something that looked worse, right? Whenever a project comes into mind and I’m not sure if I should pursue it I’m reminded of a post (from years back now) written by my favorite blogger, Emily, who posted simply about living where you live. About letting loose a little bit in your home.
After all, your home reflects the personalities of those inside, right?

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