Painting a wood floor isn’t as hard or as scary as it sounds, assuming it’s an old original wood floor that you’re painting… like my hallway floor.
This post is way overdue as the floor has been painted for some time now, but I took w-a-a-a-y too many photos during the process and the thought of going through them all was causing me to seriously procrastinate. From now on I’m going to edit my photos as I go. That is so much easier.
When I started this Hallway Makeover I shared the before shots with the 18 year old carpeting.
Here’s what I was left with after the carpeting was removed.
I can’t even tell you how happy I am that it’s gone, and I can’t wait for the guest room to be bare floored too.
Our house was built in 1890 and this is the original wood floor and it shows a lot of years of wear, paint spatters etc…
Before painting a wood floor the first thing I do is give it a very thorough vacuuming.
Painting a Wood Floor
I have sinus and allergy issues (that’s mainly why the carpet is going and not being replaced) and I also use Low or No VOC paints and primers whenever I can. I like to keep chemical compounds invading the air in my house to a minimum. I usually wait and buy at the ReStore, but because I needed a super adherent primer I got this Beauti-tone one at the Home Building Centre.
I’ve never used this primer before, but the paint person assured me that it would work… and it did. It was super adherent, went on like a dream, and each coat dried in a couple of hours… and the best part… I didn’t get a headache from it.
I never use oil based paints and primers. I don’t like them because they’re not environmentally friendly, but that’s a personal choice. There are so many good water-based options now that work great… not like the old days when you had to use oil for certain projects. What you should use also depends on the condition of the floor you’re dealing with.
All I needed was a paint roller for the main parts of the floor, a brush for the edges, and my paint tray lined with a plastic grocery bag for easier clean up.
I started on the far end of the hallway just outside my craft room, and I painted all the preimeter of the floor with a brush.
Sometimes I do things backwards. lol. I was in a hurry to get the floor painted in daylight so I went ahead before removing the carpet around the built-in cupboard.
I removed it before applying the second coat of primer on the floor. It was easy to cut away the carpet and underpad..
When I’m all done I’ll have to add some molding around the bottom of the cupboard to hide the carpet that’s still on the floor inside the cupboard.
I made my way up the hallway…
to the other end… outside the bathroom, guest and master bedrooms.
There’s a hole in the floor from getting duct work through when central heating was added to the house… whenever that originally happened, and a piece of plywood now covers the hole. I’ll show you the simple way I dealt with this a little later in this post.
Also, it looked like this floor had some stain on it as seen by the darker parts in the above photo, but it was obviously removed from most of the floor at some point.
I’m so thankful for that because the floor was primer ready. I didn’t need to do any sanding whatsoever.
Here’s a photo after one coat of primer. I knew two would be needed so I was OK with the coverage.
So here’s that ugly sticking-out-like-a-sore-thumb piece of plywood.
Before deciding how to fix this I had to consider a couple of things; the floor is just over 1″ thick, and the wood planks vary slightly in width…. no two are exactly alike it seems.
Finding either old or new wood to match the widths and not look too straight would have been way too much of a nightmare, so I decided an easy faux fix was the only way to go.
So after two coats of primer I filled in some of the larger cracks with wood filler…
sanded, and painted over them.
Then using a very long ruler I drew pencil lines joining the wood floor plank cracks from one end of the plywood to the other.
Then with an exacto knife with a very sharp blade I cut into the plywood along the lines on a slight angle going one way first…
and then the other…. going just deep enough to blend in nicely with the rest of the floor. This plywood piece is about 3/4″ thick.
Here’s one line done.
Because this floor is so old it doesn’t have to be perfect. Actually if it was it would look out of place. Works for me! lol.
Here it is with all the lines cut out.
A rotary type tool could be used for this because this was such a small job, but doing it by hand is quite easy.
I did this technique on my entire living room floor about 15 years ago by hand… after I burned out a rotary tool rather quickly. It was way too large a project for that little rotary tool. We covered the old wood floor that had many issues with a plywood sub-floor that I made to look like a painted wood floor. There’s laminate there now, but that’ll be going in the new year, hopefully, after I repaint the living room.
Here it is after it’s been painted.
I painted the floor with two coats of Behr white Re-Store paint… again NO Volatile Organic Compounds.
When I’m all done I may do a matte top coat. I’ll wait and see. I didn’t put one on my bedroom floor that I painted last fall and that is holding up great.
Here are some befores and afters of the floor.
My plywood patch area went from this…
to this. I’m quite happy with how it turned out.
And the rest of my floor went from this…
Painting a wood floor isn’t really that difficult, but it is a big job and is quite time consuming. What made this particular floor so much easier is that the hallway was empty, unlike the full-of-furniture master bedroom that I painted last fall.
Before I started this floor I was so sure that it wasn’t going to stay white, but I kinda fell in love with it after living with just the primer for a few weeks… but it won’t all be staying white. That post coming up soon and I’ll share more pics then. I’m almost done. Yay!
Thanks so much for reading, and until next time… keep on keepin’ on.