Is your concrete floor stained or just plain boring? Or do you have wood floors that are worn, stained, or splintered?
If so, painting just might be the perfect solution for floors that have seen better days.
Painting older wood floors is making a comeback as a way to give floors a distinctive look and new life without the expense and mess of refinishing. Painting concrete floors is a great, low-cost way to make your floors a stunning design element in their own right.
Ready to give it a shot? With some time and patience you can create a beautiful and durable floor. Here are step-by-step instructions to get you started:
Painting a Wood Floor
- Prep the surface by lightly sanding the floor with 150-grit sandpaper which will help the primer adhere well to the surface
- Clean the floor by vacuuming up dust and then washing. Allow floor to dry completely – ideally a minimum of two days to prevent any bubbling.
- Apply the primer suitable for your paint type preferably formulated for floors (a penetrating oil-based primer for oil paints and a latex primer for latex paint) and allow to dry overnight.
- Light sand the primer with 220-grit sandpaper, vacuum again, and then wipe the floor clean using a tack cloth.
- Apply the first coat of paint with a natural bristle brush and allow to dry for 24 hours. A ¼-nap microfiber roller will be faster and less labor intensive, but if you choose this method, be sure and roll very slowly to avoid creating bubbles.
- Apply two more thin coats of paint with 24 hours of drying between each coat. After the final coat of paint, do not walk on the flooring for a day or so, and then only with socks.
Painting a Concrete Floor
- Sand off any old paint or uneven areas, vacuum, and then wipe clean with a tack cloth
- If there are any cracks, holes, or has rough spots in the concrete, mix concrete patch compound following directions and fill using a trowel. Allow to dry thoroughly before proceeding. If your floor surface is smooth, skip to the next step.
- Apply two coasts of primer with a paint roller, allowing the floor to thoroughly dry at least 24 hours between coats.
- Using a paint roller or paint compressor, apply two coats of epoxy paint. Once again, allow the floor to dry completely between coats.
- Apply several coats of masonry sealer and, as always, be sure and allow enough time for the coats to dry completely.
So there you go, simple steps to a floor that will become a delightful feast for the eyes. Of course, if you want to be really want to stand out from the crowd, you can use bold paint colors or create any number of eclectic designs sure to wow your neighbors. Ideas abound on the Internet.