7 Tips on How to Paint Wooden Floors

7 Tips on How to Paint Wooden Floors

Most homeowners know that they can give a room a fresh look with a new coat of paint on the walls. But not that many people think about the floor!

Simple wooden floorboards were very popular in the 1990s and 2000s, and their appeal is lasting. But if you have a wooden floor and are a little tired of it, you can make a big style impact in your home by painting your floorboards. It doesn’t even take lots of DIY experience or much preparation! Here are a few pointers on painting wooden floorboards.

1 Choose The Right Floor Paint

When you’re thinking of painting your wooden floors and you’re looking for paint, remember that not all floor paint is the same. Epoxy floor painting is highly chemically resistant for commercial buildings, or areas like your garage which are at the mercy of dripping oil and other substances!

You should look for floor paints specifically available for residential painting projects. Make sure the paint you choose is formulated for use on wooden floors, and not just cement floors. Don’t worry about having to repaint your floor too often – most floor paints are surprisingly tough and long-lasting.

A satin finish paint, rather than a gloss or matte finish, will give your brand-new floor the perfect mixture of good looks and durability. Gloss or matte can look very effective in the right conditions though, so do your research!

2 Choose The Right Floor Paint Colour

Choosing the right colour for your floorboards needs as much input as any new flooring you install. Just remember a few simple design considerations and you won’t go wrong.

Light colours will reflect both daylight and artificial lighting, and can make a room feel bigger. However, don’t be scared of darker colours! If you have lighter or contrasting walls and furnishings, you can achieve a very modern, striking effect .

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Many homeowners who decide to paint their floorboards want a distressed or rustic finish. Limewashed wooden floors are especially great to give your home that traditional look.  

3 Prepare the Floorboards For Painting

Check for any loose or broken floorboards, and repair if necessary. Fill any dents and scratches as you go. If the floors have already been painted, strip them down by sanding or applying a paint stripping product.  Take care if your home is old (i.e. built and first painted prior to 1980), as older paints often contained lead. Use a safety mask to protect yourself just in case!

Related: Find out how to fix small dents in wood without using filler.

For painting bare floorboards, sand down the floor with 150-grit sandpaper, then sweep and mop to remove dust. At this point, you should let the floor dry overnight.

4 Apply A Primer Coat

Primer acts to give the paint a smooth surface to cling to easily, and look even. If you’ve done a good job with the sanding process, you might be able to skip this step. However, if your floorboards are fairly dark and you want to paint them in a lighter colour, primer will help prevent the dark colour from spoiling the effect. When in doubt – rather just get the primer out!

Primer needs to dry overnight, so add another day to your project planning.

5 Sand the Floorboards (Yes, Again!)

If you have used primer on your floorboards, it’s a good idea to sand them down again. It’s not imperative, but any extra care you take for a perfect result will be worth it. Professional painters will go the extra mile, and so should a DIY painter, if time allows! Don’t forget to sweep and mop again afterwards.

If you’re OK with a slightly more rustic looking floor, you can probably skip this step.

6 Apply Your Floor Paint

If you’re still unsure about the colour you want to paint, get some samples and try them out.

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Your floorboards are now ready for their makeover!  Apply the first coat of paint to the floorboards with either a roller or natural bristle paintbrush. The paintbrush will give you a smooth finish, and the roller will give you a rougher, more rustic look. Allow the paint to dry thoroughly and apply two more coats, allowing them to dry each time.

You’re looking at a project that takes around a week in total, before you can safely use the floor again. This depends on how rainy or humid the weather conditions are. In the Eastern Cape, you should be fine if you plan your project in the driest months of the year – namely between December and February, or between May and July.

Related: How Long Will It Take My Floor Paint to Dry?

7 Get Creative And Go For A Patterned Effect

If you want to try something different, your imagination is the only limit! You can use contrasting paint colours on your floor, or a stencil to create an unique patterned effect. If you’re using a stencil, start with your base colour, measure to find the centre of the room, and place your stencil here. Paint your contrasting colour by working outwards towards the walls.

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If you’re going to hire a painting professional to do your painting project for you, you should know how to choose a good painting contractor. If you bring in the wrong person, you may have to hire another one to fix the problems the first guy leaves behind!

If you like the idea of painting your wooden floors but don’t have the time, let us handle the painting for you! No job too big or small, dial 083 500 2841 and give us a call.