I’ve finally made some progress on my painted wooden floor in the guest room, and I’m really excited about the quirky striped design. Here is an overview of the progress made so far…
The picture was taken quite after last night, so it’s a little dark. I will have better day pictures when the ground is ready. But in the meantime, I start at the beginning and I will show you the steps I took to make this painted hardwood floor design.
This soil is about 70 years old, so it has seen better days. He has spots on it, plus he has some gaps between some of the tips. So I started to fill in some of the biggest gaps. My goal here was not to make the floor perfectly smooth. If I had wanted, I would have made a full trowel wood filler specifically designed for hardwood floors. This is the type I used in the Studio. The full wood load trowel for hardwood floors is also available in different colors, so you can adapt the types of wood floor you use so that it looks the same as wood after it is stained and sealed.
But my goal here was simply to fill in some of the biggest gaps before priming and painting. My goal was not perfection, and since I painted the floor, I did not have to use a wood filler suitable for the styles. I just used the same DAP plastic wood filler that I use in all my projects.
Once all the dust was sucked in, I was ready to prime. I used a small 6 inch roller designed for smooth surfaces to roll over The primer. As I had to cover stains, some of which were oil from a dog food bag that had penetrated the unsealed wooden floor, I used an oil-based primer. My favorite primer is oil-based Zinsser Cover Stain. I have never experienced a stain that this primer does not cover.
I let the primer dry overnight, then ground it by hand with 150 sandpaper. It sounds really tedious, but the room is small, so it went pretty fast. And one of my favorite things about Zinsser Cover Stain Oil-based primer is its beauty. When it is dry enough to be sanded, it sends to an incredibly smooth surface, and The primer that Lays is like a fine consistency of chalk dust. When it hits your sandpaper, you know it takes longer to dry.
After sanding and vacuuming the dust, I was ready to apply the first coat of paint. I did not use special floor paint. I rely on my clear top coat to give the floor the durability and protection it needs. So I used exactly the same color that was used on the walls — Benjamin Moore Ben Paint in an eggshell. The color is classic gray. I applied this paint with a six-inch roller for smooth surfaces.
Then I was ready to mark the Design. I started by measuring and marking the middle of the accent wall with my tape measure and pencil. Then I put the ribbon along this line. To carry out the design of the Offset tape, it was planned to mark sections 30 inches wide and first paint all other sections. Then I would come back and paint the other sections.
So you can see that I placed an” X ” to the left of the first volume. This should indicate that this section should not be painted during this first round of painting. So the painter’s tape was placed to t’