paint your wooden floor
Instantly transform your home by revamping your tired floorboards
Transform your tired floorboards with this couldn’t-be-simpler guide
If you’re looking to update a room, but can’t face a full redecoration, then why not consider painting the floors? Ideal for any range of flooring, from concrete to wood, painting a contrasting or complementary colour will change the look of the room, and can be done in a weekend. We’ve answered the most common questions so you have all the info you need to get started.
Your Questions Answered...
Q How do I prepare the surface of the floor so it’s ready for painting? For starters, you need to fill in any joints or cracks in the boards with a wood filler, then thoroughly clean the floor. If the wood isn’t bare – if it has been treated or varnished – be sure to clean it, then sand it down. Once all that is done then you can treat the floor with a primer in order to ensure that the paint stays on for longer. It's also wise to prime any knots in the wood and leave the primer to dry overnight. Look into the best variety to use, as it’ll depend on the type of wooden floor you have; an oil-based primer is usually considered to last the longest. Q What tools do I need to begin with? You’ll need sandpaper, cleaning products such as floor detergent, a mop and a dustpan and brush and, of course, paintbrushes in various sizes. Remember masking tape, which is useful for stopping paint going on the skirting boards or walls. Q How do I go about painting a floor? Firstly you’ll need to open some windows to make sure there’s sufficient ventilation. Use masking tape on the edges of skirting or the bottom of walls to protect them. Then you need to paint around the edges of the room with a medium-sized brush. Next, use a larger brush or roller and start from the furthest away corner from the door, working backwards. Make sure that you paint along the length of the wood grain, and pull the roller or brush towards you. Paint small areas at a time and move across the room and back again. You’ll need at least two coats. Let each coat dry before you start the new one. Q How long should the paint job last? This will depend on the paint you use as well as the colour, if you used a primer, and how much footfall occurs in the room. If you have done a few coats and sealed it, the result should last at least a year. Q How do I go about painting a specific pattern on the floor? First, decide what kind of pattern you’d like to paint. Will it be a rug design, stripes or a geometric border? Draw this on the floor in pencil first, and make sure the pattern is straight and exactly where you want it. Then use masking tape to mark out your pattern, and get painting! Q Do I need to seal it with anything? If you have finished painting your floor, but you find that you need to walk on it immediately, you can then paint on a quick-dry sealing agent that will ensure the floor is dry and smudge free. These
can also have the added benefit of extending the lifespan of the painted floor. Q Is there any upkeep involved once the hard work is done? You might want to freshen up the paint on a yearly basis with thin coats. It’s a good idea to make a note of the original paint colour if you want it to stay the same – or why not try a new shade or pattern to keep your room looking vibrant.
Q How many coats of paint will I need?
At least two thin layers, which you need to let dry overnight before walking on the floor again. Specific hardwearing floor paints are available, but you will need at least two coats to ensure that enough colour goes on.
A white scheme will help to create the illusion of space in a smaller room
Colours White and Black Ash satin floor paint, both £24.98 per 2.5ltr, B&Q
Archaic painted wood-effect tiles, £21.95 per sq m, Walls and floors
floor in Dove tale; stripes in Arsenic, Mahogany and Babouche floor paint, all £59 per 2.5ltr, farrow & Ball
Maritime floor paint will stand out against white walls, £68 per 2.5ltr, Mylands