How to Paint Your Floorboards – Perfectly!
One of the newest trends in interior design is painted floorboards, and with good reason. Painted floorboards offer something different from bare or laminate floorboards, and can complement a vintage or shabby chic decor easily. They’re also a great idea if your floorboards aren’t in good enough condition to varnish or stain, but you still don’t want to put carpet down. Whatever your reasons for painting your floorboards, they’re sure to become a talking point of your home.
Where to start
Before you do anything, you’ll need to prepare your floors for painting. It can be tempting to skip the prep work and simply slap the paint on, but it’ll never hold as well to the floorboards, and you’ll find yourself redoing the paint job sooner rather than later.
First of all, you’ll need to sand the floor down to bare floorboards. Use a disc sander for a larger room, to save time and effort. Then, mop it thoroughly to get rid of any dust or mould that’s still clinging to the floor. Finally, fill any holes in the floor with wood filler, and prime the floor ready for painting.
Pick your paint
Remember, your floors see possibly the most wear and tear in your house. After all, you’re going to be walking over it multiple times, every single day. Pick out the best paint you can possibly afford for the job, as the better quality of the paint, the better it will hold up under your feet.
Also, think about what colours you’ll be using. Your floorboards are a literal blank canvas, so decide what works best for you and your decor. Do you want neutral grey or white, something perhaps a bit darker, or something that will pop? You can even paint patterns on the floor, if you’re feeling adventurous.
Be smart about painting
When preparing to paint, make sure the room is properly ventilated by opening the windows.
Start at the furthest corner of the room, and work your way backwards, towards the door. Paint around the edges first, and then fill in the floor, a small patch at a time. Work in thin layers, as they will dry harder and last longer. You may need to do two or three layers of paint in order to get the colour you desire.
And you’re finished
Once you’re done, keep everything out of the room for around three days. The paint should be touch dry in about 24 hours, but it will need longer to cure and become totally durable. Once it’s done, you can move your furniture back in and start enjoying your freshly revamped room.
Painted floorboards can add the perfect finishing touch to almost any room. They can add a softer feel to a kitchen with stainless steel countertops, or create a perfect vintage feel with the addition of some carefully chosen throw rugs. Personalise your home with painted floorboards, and see just what a difference they can make to the feel of any room.