If you are just stopping by, I am working on a floor painting project this week. Our boys decided one day while we were in IKEA that they would like to have white floors and I jumped on it. I had been wanting to do this for a while. After seeing it in IKEA for themselves, they realized they liked it too. To give more back ground, these floors have not been refinished in more than 30 years and they are spotted and orange in appearance. $28 for paint sounded better than $300+ for refinishing.
Yesterday I began the process. The before picture shown above is a shot from the hallway where you can see the two bedrooms. Our boys chose the wall colors.
- While oil based paint is more durable, it will no longer be available in this state within the next few years. I feel certain that touch ups will be necessary and I needed to use a paint that will be around in the future.
- I have used latex in the past on the landing and stairs and it performed well.
- The little fella at Lowes wasn't very chatty and I needed to make a decision, so there.
- Easy clean up.
- Low odor.
- Dries in 1 hour.
Day 1 Steps:
- Thoroughly vacuumed the floors and baseboards.
- Cleaned floor with damp mop.
- Began painting by cutting (painting) the edges first with a brush.
- Rolled paint onto floor using a roller with a long extension handle painting my way out of each room.
This is what the floors look like after the first coat. I'm not worried about the gap at the bottom of the baseboard; shoe molding will be added as a last step.
Don't the red fuzzy dice add a nice touch?
I am really happy with the results and last night we were able to walk on the floors. I tried to scratch them with my fingernail just to see if I was going to become a neurotic "don't scratch the floors" mom. The paint stayed intact. My fingers are crossed that this continues to be the case. Today I will apply the second and final coat of paint.