Paint your floors
THE GOOD NEWS IS
you may have existing hardwood floors already in your home but they’re looking a little drab. There’s no need to rip them out – just stain or paint your floors instead. This can look really great in cottages or homes with dated pine flooring.
1 Scratch up the surface with 150-grit sandpaper, by hand or using a sander. This will help the paint adhere to the floor. Then vacuum and mop the floor with a detergent cleaner and get rid of any little specks that could get trapped under the paint. Let it dry out completely.
2 Use painter’s masking tape to seal off skirting boards, doors and doorframes so that paint from the roller or brush does not flick onto them.
3 Apply a primer suitable for your paint type using a roller and paintbrush for the corners of your room, then let it dry overnight. For a professional finish, wipe the floor over again with mineral spirits, using tack cloth or a rag.
4 The floor is now ready for the first, thin coat of paint with a roller. For corners, it’s a good idea to cut in a short distance (about 3-5cm) from the skirting board or wall with a brush, as the roller won’t get into the space. Roller at least two more thin layers and allow at least 24 hours between coats. You’ll work faster if you have heat on to dry as you go, but please wear a mask and keep those windows open because of the paint fumes.
HOW LONG WILL IT TAKE?
About three days.
Under $500 in materials. Most of this is DIY effort, labour wise, which costs you nothing but your time.