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Big Boys Room Week 4 {One Room Challenge}

October 23, 2014
How to Whitewash Wood Floors Yourself. Easy to follow tutorial from View From The Fridge. What a huge difference this makes in the room!

So, I’m warning you … you may not like these pictures that I have coming today.  I’ve found people have a hard time when paint goes over ‘beautiful wood floors’.  I get it.  Sort of.

When wood floors are beautiful, in good shape, AND fit your style … I’m all for it!  When they’re not all of the above … why not try the paint?

And so we did.

And we love them.

I feel like all the pictures I took don’t do them justice.  They’re bright, neutral, and not so brown and oak-y.  They’re more white and grey … and awesome.

Can you tell I’m excited??

Okay … let’s back up.  If you have no idea what floors I’m talking about, let me start by explaining the One Room Challenge.  It’s a blogger challenge thing.  You know … stuff we like to do to ourselves to lay on the pressure.  Because we all need more of that.  Ha!

Maybe I should say, motivation.  We’re all motivating one another to complete a makeover of ONE ROOM in 6 weeks.  Which is actually 5 weeks of work (confusing, I know … ).

ORC-LP-250x183The One Room Challenge is brought to you by Linda at Calling It Home and there are a total of 96 (by last count) bloggers linking up!

We’re making over Owen and Charlie’s Big Boy Room, and let me just recap our progress so far.

I shared the mood board and basic plan for the room two weeks ago:

Big Boy Room Transformation; Week2 of the One Room Challenge  |  View From The Fridge

INSPIRATION FOR THE ROOM

The first week of work involved lots of destruction.  Lots.  Check it out HERE.  Carpet gone.  Old trim gone.   And we were absolutely thrilled to discover these less-than-perfect wood floors underneath (and that wasn’t sarcastic … we really are excited about the floors):

Big Boy Room Transformation; Week2 of the One Room Challenge | View From The Fridge

DESTRUCTION

 

And then last week, I shared the new trim we our handyman installed plus lots of white paint:

Big Boy Room Transformation; Week 3 of the One Room Challenge  |  View From The Fridge

LOOK AT THAT WHITE TRIM!

and a fancy accent wall:

Herringbone Accent Wall

HERRINGBONE ACCENT WALL – COMPLETE

 

AND …. this week I’m excited to show you what we did to the floors.  I get that before they’re ‘beautiful’.  From afar.  If you like lots of brown.  And splattered paint:

Big Boy Room Transformation; Week2 of the One Room Challenge | View From The Fridge

FLOOR BEFORE UP CLOSE

I mentioned last week that we actually own one of those big floor sanders, and we put it to good use for this project.  We sanded and sanded and buffed and buffed again.  Those splatters of paint in various colors were still there (less noticeable, but definitely still there).

Here’s a bigger shot of the floors before:

How to Whitewash Wood Floors Yourself.  Easy to follow tutorial from View From The Fridge.  What a huge difference this makes in the room!

We did quite a bit of research and reading on how best to whitewash our floors.  We ended up following this tutorial from Materia Designs.

Here’s what you’ll need:

  • Floor sander.  We own one, but if you don’t you can rent one.
  • Sanding discs for floor sander.  Like the tutorial says, ask at the store what they recommend for your floor, but we used 60 grit, and then 120 grit.
  • Buffing disc for floor sander.  This isn’t a must, but we used it to help smooth the floors one last time.
  • 5 gallon bucket
  • 5 gallon bucket grid
  • Paint roller with 1/2″ nap
  • Paint:  We used the same color as in the tutorial:  Benjamin Moore’s Pale Oak in Flat.  It looks a bit yellow-y in the chip below, but it’s not at all on our floor.  Very cool toned and grey-ish, actually.  Perfect!

    BM Pale Oak OC-20

    BM Pale Oak OC-20

  • Water
  • Rags for wiping.  You want dust-less rags.  We ripped up an old white bed sheet.  You’ll need lots, so cut it up into about 15 pieces AHEAD OF TIME.  The process moves fast once you start, so make sure you’ve got all these rags ready before putting any paint on the floor!
  • A partner.  You really can’t do this alone … you’re just not quick enough (I promise).
  • Matte Floor Sealant.  We used Bona Naturale Floor Finish.

Before we can even start to think about the painting, however we need to prep the floors to receive the paint properly.

PREP THE FLOORS!

Sand.  And sand some more.  We did two passes using the 60 grit sanding disc, two passes with the 120 grit, and 2-3 passes using the buffing disc.

The more you sand, the better and more uniform finish you will achieve.  We probably should have done just a bit more sanding.  Maybe with an even coarser grit first (think 30 grit).  We’re happy with how our floor turned out, but we’re also placing a large rug on it.  The more surface of the floor that will show in the end, the more sanding you should do now!  I promise it will pay off.

After sanding and buffing, vacuum completely.  Get the crevice tool out and get all the edges and corners.  I mean it.  Do a thorough job here … you’ll thank me in a bit.

Then mop.  Hand and knees, bucket o’ soapy water kinda moppin’ here.  You want dust free clean floors here!

MIX YOUR PAINT SOLUTION

We followed the tutorial’s suggestion exactly … 1 quart of water plus our one gallon of paint (this was plenty for our room).

This combination worked great for us, though next time I might even go a little heavier on the water.  The grain still shows through on our floors, but just barely.  More water … maybe 1.5 quarts of water per gallon of paint … might have been ideal, though.

Tape off trim to prevent floor paint from getting onto it.

GET READY!

  1. Remove dog from room (and barricade her from reentering during this process):

    How to Whitewash Wood Floors Yourself.  Easy to follow tutorial from View From The Fridge.  What a huge difference this makes in the room!

    Molly … you’ve got to find a new spot to lay in the sun!

  2. Mix paint/water and fit 5 gallon bucket with grid
    How to Whitewash Wood Floors Yourself.  Easy to follow tutorial from View From The Fridge.  What a huge difference this makes in the room!

    Paint/water mixed, grid in place

     

PAINT!

  • Start in the corners furthest from the exit door.
  • Nominate a ‘painter’ and a ‘wiper’ (you can switch off)
  • Mix paint again. And again every 5 minutes or so.
  • Painter:  dip roller into paint solution and wipe off on grid well.  You don’t want any drips coming off roller … that’s way too wet.
  • Painter:  Roll paint onto floor in the direction of the grain.  Roll about an 8′ section (the width of the roller) and then let your partner start wiping …
  • Wiper (sorry, your name is unfortunate, but fitting):  Start wiping that paint in!  Use some elbow grease.  Spread it out evenly.  Wipe for about 20-30 seconds then move!
  • Painter:  paint another 8′ section.
  • Wiper:  jump in and start wiping again.  Your goal is to wipe the paint and distribute evenly.
  • Painter (do you need to stir paint mixture??):  paint another 8′ section
  • Wiper:  same story … wipe, wipe, wipe.  Need a new rag?
  • Continue across entire floor working towards exit door!

I only took one picture of the in-process part (it moves fast, and I didn’t have time for any more)!

How to Whitewash Wood Floors Yourself.  Easy to follow tutorial from View From The Fridge.  What a huge difference this makes in the room!

PAINT GOING ON!

 

That’s pretty must the gist of this.  Paint.  Wipe.  Paint.  Wipe.  Stir the paint.  Get a new rag.  Paint.  Wipe.  Paint.  Wipe.  

Allow 24-48 hours for all that paint to dry and then apply the sealant.

Allow that to dry for at least 48 hours.

Then … admire your work:

How to Whitewash Wood Floors Yourself. Easy to follow tutorial from View From The Fridge. What a huge difference this makes in the room!

How to Whitewash Wood Floors Yourself. Easy to follow tutorial from View From The Fridge. What a huge difference this makes in the room!

 

How to Whitewash Wood Floors Yourself. Easy to follow tutorial from View From The Fridge. What a huge difference this makes in the room!

 

And the before and after:

How to Whitewash Wood Floors Yourself. Easy to follow tutorial from View From The Fridge. What a huge difference this makes in the room!

Still need to paint those register covers, but you get the idea.

Well, I’m bracing for it …. what do you think?  Are we crazy for painting over those ‘beautiful’ wood floors?

You can be honest, because I’m just absolutely thrilled with how they turned out.  I’m just super pumped there’s no carpet in the room.  And after finding those wood floors, I’m super happy that they now fall into our color scheme, ‘mood’ board, plan for the room!

Want to know what else I’m pumped about?!?!  All the ‘hard’ work is done!!!

Now for the fun stuff!  Furniture, lighting, accessories, rugs …

Can’t wait to show you more of the room next week!

Let’s review the to-do list, though for this week:

 

How to Whitewash Wood Floors Yourself. Easy to follow tutorial from View From The Fridge. What a huge difference this makes in the room!

That whole week only led to one check mark?!?!

It was a big one, though, and now onto the fun stuff for the next two weeks!

If you stopped by from the One Room Challenge Link Up Week #4 … Welcome!!  Feel free to snoop around our home while you’re here.  We just recently shared a Halloween Home Tour last week:

Halloween Home Tour from View From The Fridge. Lots of fun, simple, and unique ideas

Or you can check out more of our home HERE.

Now … if you’re loving this challenge, and you’re wanting to see more bloggers in action, head on over and check out all the other participants’ WEEK 4 PROGRESS HERE.

Thanks for stopping by.  As I’ve mention each week of the challenge, any words of encouragement, advice, recommendations, etc ARE ALWAYS WELCOME!!  I want to make this room just perfect for my boys, so I need your help!

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18 Comments

  • Reply Amy | Canary Street Crafts October 23, 2014 at 7:25 am

    I love the whitewashed floors! They go with your mood board perfectly, much more than the dark wood floors would have. I know some people get their undies in a bunch whenever someone puts paint on wood, but I think you should love your own home and what’s in it, not just live with it the way it is if it’s not your style. Can’t wait to see the rest of your makeover!
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  • Reply Heather October 23, 2014 at 8:00 am

    LOVE them! We’re planning on doing our kitchen soon, but the thought of sanding and all the prep keeps me pushing the project back. They are STUNNING. Great color. Can’t wait to see the finished room! The boys will adore it :)
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  • Reply Breanna October 23, 2014 at 8:26 am

    I love that you took this risk and it totally paid off! I never would have thought to paint over hardwoods but you’re right; if you don’t like them, change them! I can’t wait to see how this room looks when it’s complete!
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  • Reply Melissa @ A Prudent Life October 23, 2014 at 8:30 am

    They look great! I can’t wait to see the floors with that accent wall. I bet it is amazing! And I don’t ever understand the rage over someone else painting something. Last time I checked, paint is actually strippable and the wood is still underneath on the off chance you ever changed your mind. That’s the glory of wood!
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  • Reply Kristi October 23, 2014 at 9:52 am

    Oh my gosh Katie!!! I LOVE them!!! I never would have thought to paint hardwoods in a million years, but they look SO pretty!!! Your hard work totally paid off – this is a home run in my books girl! Can’t wait to see how it all comes together!!!
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  • Reply Anna October 23, 2014 at 9:57 am

    I love your mood board! Can’t wait to see how the room turns out!

  • Reply Amber October 23, 2014 at 10:01 am

    I LOVE it!!! I just talked about painting over wood today in my post too! Isn’t funny how some people have such strong feelings about wood and paint!? Great job and looking forward to the reveal!
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  • Reply Christine Dovey October 23, 2014 at 11:14 am

    The floors are AMAZING!!!! Holy moly- so so good! Well done!!!

    And I just have to comment on Molly…a Vizsla yes? I just lost mine last year and it makes me happy every time I see one:)

  • Reply tara // sproutzdesign October 24, 2014 at 8:22 am

    i say paint all the wood!! this looks absolutely incredible, what a huge difference. I have been playing with the idea of ripping up the carpet in our playroom and doing something similar right on the subfloor….hmmm. Can’t wait to see your finished room, looks like it’s going to be fabulous!!

  • Reply Linda @ Calling it Home October 25, 2014 at 7:10 am

    What a transformation! Can’t even get over the difference. How funny about the dog! My dog loves to be in whatever room I am in.

  • Reply kate@willowinteriors October 25, 2014 at 9:35 am

    The floors look amazing and the prefect option for this room. I cannot wait to see this come together!! Good luck this week!

  • Reply Lindsay Eidahl October 27, 2014 at 1:20 pm

    These floors turned out great! Way to go for it. Thanks for linking up to Show Me Saturday
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  • Reply sarah sofia knepp October 28, 2014 at 11:08 am

    OK, you have a lot checked off your to do list despite only accomplishing one BIG one last week! You’re making me want to get after it for my Big girl room. :) Love how you think out of the box too, very creative!

  • Reply Erica October 28, 2014 at 6:12 pm

    Wow, these look great! Don’t worry about any naysayers – I think the wood looks great whitewashed and works so well with your overall mood board. Can’t wait to see the finished project! Maybe I’ll have enough courage next year to attempt the ORC :)
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  • Reply Sharon - Her Organized Chaos October 28, 2014 at 9:24 pm

    You are BRAVE. I would never think that this would look good, but I actually like it! It’s different and adds great character. Good job! Thanks for sharing!
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  • Reply Amanda @ Dwelling in Happiness October 29, 2014 at 12:16 pm

    Ooh, love them!! I really like the whitewashed look over the wood! The wood was nice, but I agree, I think painting them were the way to go! I WISH we had hardwood under our carpet, what a nice surprise! Can’t wait to see the rest of the room!

  • Reply Angela Jimeneez October 29, 2014 at 4:22 pm

    I love them so much more than before–great job!

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