Paint your floors

Homes+ (Australia) - - BEFORE & AFTER -


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.


About three days.


Un­der $500 in ma­te­ri­als. Most of this is DIY ef­fort, labour wise, which costs you noth­ing but your time.

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