(The rooms will look similar to this, dark furniture on white floors)
Something that I haven't told you is that Mr. and I joined a new gym this week. The 5:30 am workouts followed by a run, floor painting, grocery shopping, Bobby Flay shrimp and grits, and lawn mowing is beginning to slow this 20 something *wink* down.
8 hours after applying the second coat today, I applied this.
I found it at Lowes and was told that this would give the floor the protection it needs. After each application dries, I sand with 220 grit, clean dust, then re-apply, 4 coats total. So far, the rooms are in excellent condition, but I have decided to delay painting the landing which has a newer finish and requires different preparation. At this point, I just want to be finished. Maybe after school starts I will revisit the area.
Points of interest:
- Read labels. For example, polyurethane will bubble if you shake the can. The label recommends using a stick to stir it before using. Also, use the proper applicator. Mom used a roller to apply poly on her floors only to come back later to find the finish full of air bubbles. Trust me, no one wants to do this twice. The directions are there, use them.
- Avoid touching the surface with your skin. This may sound like strange advice, but skin has oil and moisture that can create a barrier between the surface and the finish. Ask me how I know.
Apartment Therapy, How to Paint Your Floors and Not Screw it up Even though this article was originally posted in 2004, there is good information here, especially in the comments.
Old House Web, Ideas for Painting Wood Floors
My Home Ideas, 10 Reasons You Should Paint Your Floors
Images: My Home Ideas