Tuesday, June 19, 2012

Beautiful Reno with Painted Wood Floors

Painted wood floors - one of my very favourite looks, I absolutely love it ♥♥♥

It gives the impression of a more relaxed lifestyle. It can also make a room look ultra modern, depending on the colours and finishes used.

Do you hate your wall to wall rug? I do!! One thing I can't stand is wall to wall carpeting. In my opinion there is nothing more gross, it collects dust, bugs, and I find it generally very unhealthy...

So, here is an idea, if you can and are in the mood for something different. Paint your floors instead of replacing them...

And here's how:

Pull your rug and dispose of it in a green way please.

What kind of sub floors do you have? Do you have beautiful planks, or do you have an ugly plywood floor?

If you have beautiful planks, consider yourself really lucky as you can just go ahead and paint them with the colour that will match your room's decor.

But before you do however, you need to prep them well. Remove any nails that maybe popping (last thing you want to step on is a nail - it hurts), fills in any cracks if you wish, or you can leave the cracks for added character, sand them very well (no splinters are no fun either), secure wherever the floors are squeeky. Replace any damaged planks. Get your floor ready for painting.

Then you will need to prepare the wood for painting, clean up all the dust from sanding and use a wood sealer, go to your hardware store and find a wood sealer - they protect your floors from moisture and seal the pores so your paint will glide on easily and as much as possible not get in the grain.

On the other hand if you found yourself with plywood sub-flooring and you really want to get planks, here's an idea for you.

Measure your space's square footage and buy plywood subflooring (buy extra because there will be scrap), cut your plywood in planks in the width of your desire. At your hardware store you will need glues, nails and screws to secure your new flooring (make sure you secure the old subfloor as well before installing the new one, not to end up with squeeky floors after all your hard work).

Then of course comes the fun part of selecting your colours and pattern if you opt to go with a pattern on your floor.

Although patterns add a lot of interest. I tend to stay away from this option for a few reasons.

One of them is when the floor will need to be restored, think about how tedious that would be to go and fix every bit and piece, very time consuming if you ask me. Another reason, is trend, I don't follow trends, as they fade and you're left with something that looks dated a couple of years down the road. One more reason, it becomes limiting if you want to use pattern elsewhere in the room, you have to be careful of the scale and pattern..

So my preference would be solid, or stripes, or a nice border around the perimetre of the room.
Enjoy an assortment of painted floors that I found which I hope will inspire you as well.
 Beautiful weathered stripes, give a feel of a space being well used and lived in.

Borders are great at giving interest to the floor, defining a space and giving the illusion of an area rug.
I hope you have enjoyed this post and found it of help to you with ideas for your flooring project.

Wishing you a beautiful day ♥


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