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August 30, 2011

Painting Floors White

I know it’s the end of summer and we are all starting to think about fall decorating. (In editorial, we’re working on January 2012, but I can’t go there just yet.) My windows are still open at night when it’s cool and throughout the morning, hanging onto that last bit of summer.

For a while now, I’ve considered painting my grey kitchen floor a brighter colour. A few weekends ago I jumped at the notion of the family away for the weekend and started the ball rolling. I have to say, it wasn’t as as easy as I thought.

First of all, because the floor was a dark grey, it meant I had to prime the floor, which in turn meant I had to sand it first. So I did, both. Sanded Cinderella-style, on my hands and knees, then washed and primed the floor with a great product from Farrow & Ball called Stain Block Primer (above). I left this to dry for two days, then waited until the following weekend when I could paint the first coat.

Again I used a Farrow & Ball floor paint in Wimborne White (above), and it went on super easy and dried to a really nice finish, not too shiny, just right.

Here’s the grey, going going gone.

Weekend #3, the second and final coat was applied. I know, I’m crazy, right? But I really had no choice as our kitchen goes through tons of wear with the family, and weekends are really the only time to paint.

I have to say, I think it’s really freshened up the space. I feel a little like a salmon swimming against the fall decorating current, painting my floor white for the fall, but hey, white’s classic.

For more on white painted floors, see Andrea Mills’ blog post.

Photo credits:
1. Stain Block Primer, Farrow & Ball
2. Wimborne White (239), Farrow & Ball
3-5. Morgan Michener