Add durability and decoration by painting a wood floor.
Although wood floors are commonly finished with stains and clear varnishes, painted floors can add a special touch to any room. Today's floor paints are durable and attractive and work well as a single-color element in the room or as a base for other decoration such as stenciling.
Painted floors require preparation, with similiar steps for varnished, already painted, or bare wood floors.
-- Remove mildew with a 3-to-1 water-bleach solution.
-- Scuff-sand glossy areas (mill glaze on new wood, gloss paints on painted floors, and varnished wood). -- Remove deteriorated paint and make repairs to the flooring.
-- Clean the floor thoroughly to remove dirt and grease.
-- Prime the floor. Apply a primer recommended for floors -- latex primer for latex floor paint or an alkyd primer for latex, alkyd, or polyurethane floor paint.
From 30 to 45 minutes per square yard to prepare the surface, plus another 15 minutes to paint each section
4-foot level, sander, vacuum, screwdriver or cordless drill and screwdriver bits, putty knife, paintbrushes, roller with extension handle
Using a level; cleaning, repairing, and painting wood
Bleach, sandpaper, primer and floor paint, patching compound
Finish the section by rolling lightly with the grain, lifting the roller at the end of each stroke. Move to the next section, cutting in and rolling in the same fashion, and working toward a wet edge. When the primer is dry, use the same techniques to apply paint to the floor.
A painted floor provides a literal canvas of opportunities for the application of decorative techniques. The three shown here are among the easiest of many different effects you can create on a painted floor. With some techniques, such as stenciling, it will help to sketch out your pattern first. With others, like spatter painting, you can exercise your creativity.