How Painted Wood Floors Add An Instant Impact
Floors are literally the foundation of any room, and should be treated with careful thought along with all the other elements. Just like how shoes make the outfit, the right floor will change the look and feel of a room. When looking to update, consider painted hardwood floors for a nice face lift.
Painting Wood Floors Vs. Staining Wood Floors
Conventional stains will never go out of style, but a painted wood floor adds warmth and softness that plain brown wood floor does not. Painting your hardwood floors will not only update things, but can camouflage defects. Wood flooring seems like the obvious choice to benefit from paint, but other surfaces such as concrete, upper grade plywood and even linoleum are candidates.
Whatever the material is, the proper prep and seal job will ensure that the color lasts. Floors should be thoroughly sanded or screened prior to start. Depending on the type of treatment you choose it will determine how many coats are needed. Following up with at least two to three coats of polyurethane will protect well, and even more is recommended for high traffic areas.
Glossy painted floors are luxurious and dramatic looking, but will also show every scratch.
Satin finishes tend to show the least while still allowing for some sheen. Patterns can be laid out and created through various paints and glazes.
Regardless of the pattern, be sure to lay it out first using craft paper and tape. You may end up changing the scale or type of pattern before your final decision is made. Be sure to consider the end use of the room before you start so high traffic areas will wear better.