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 … ).
The 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:
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):
And then last week, I shared the new trim
we our handyman installed plus lots of white paint:
and a fancy accent wall:
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:
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:
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!
- 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.
- Remove dog from room (and barricade her from reentering during this process):
- Mix paint/water and fit 5 gallon bucket with grid
- 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)!
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:
And the before and after:
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:
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!
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!