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Painting Hardwood Floors

Painting Hardwood Floors

How to revive old flooring with a fresh coat of paint.

One of Montreal designer Scott Yetman’s favourite decorating tricks is painting floors instead of staining or varnishing them. “It’s a great way to add interest to a room since you still get the texture of the grain but with a much more uniform colour (and it’s easy to touch up scuffs or scratches),” he says. “It creates a very contemporary Zen feel in a room.” As a DIY project, painting is easier than staining or varnishing, plus paint is much more affordable and less time-consuming than installing new floors. Yetman swears by Farrow & Ball floor paint and likes their French Gray and Ball Green.

Follow Yetman’s easy steps for using paint to update hardwood floors:

Prep: Before you begin, sand the floor to smooth out the surface, making sure to vacuum up the dust. Wipe with a damp cloth to pick up any residual debris.

Prime: Apply one coat of oil-based primer. Make sure to start at the far wall and work toward the room’s exit, so you don’t paint yourself into a corner. Let primer dry for about 24 hours.

Paint: Wipe the floor again to remove any new dust that may have settled overnight. Apply one coat of oil-based paint, and let dry (about 24 hours). Repeat this step. Apply at least two to three coats.

Author: 

Laurie Jennings

Photographer: 

Courtesy of Hickory Chair

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