Painted flooring seems to be all the rage. On porches, bathrooms, entire homes. If you are thinking about taking on this project yourself or having it done professionally, you may be interested in my Home Inspirations column this weekend. If you are wondering if this is right for your home, call me. As a southwest Florida interior decorator, I have great sources and we can help you decide what works best for your home!
Wrenda Goodwyn • special to the Fort Myers News-Press• May 4, 2013
It's an age-old technique. And painted floors are beautiful. They conceal imperfections in a floor that has seen better days. Furnishings are highlighted on a painted floor. Geometric designs add drama. A white or whitewashed floor is perfect for a beach house or country-style home. Painted on wide planks and the floor takes on a Tuscan look. Neutral tones work with contemporary or traditional. And a high gloss black or chocolate brown floor is ever so chic!
It's a fresh new look for a tired floor. It hides imperfections. It is a design element that you can create yourself and make it unique to your home.
Painted floors are low maintenance. Require little care. And painting a floor is far less expensive than putting in a new one. It takes “using what you have to a new level.”
Benjamin Moore’s Latex Self-Priming Floor and Patio Enamel offers a durable low-luster finish and no sealer required. For a more polished look, top it with a coat of water-based polyurethane. This makes it perfect for high-traffic areas since it adds a protective layer. There are many videos and tutorial available with detailed instructions on how to paint a floor yourself. One even describes it as “as easy as painting your nails.” While I don’t quite believe it is quite that simple, many do-it-yourselfers achieve beautiful results.
No special tools are needed. It does take a few days to dry and some patience is required to complete the project. But it is fun and instantly rewarding. If you believe as I do that nothing changes a room as much as color, it goes double for painted flooring.
If doing it yourself is a little more than you want to commit to, the Wood Floor Company, serving all of southwest Florida, has a beautiful hand painted wood line that can be customized to a homeowner’s exact specifications of width thickness, lengths, choice of engineered or solid with multiple color specifications. You can create a unique floor all your own.
Wood Floor Company Owner Tricia Pallack says that painted flooring is used in rooms with a shabby chic look as well as in contemporary homes. She says some of her color choices include rich tangerine, flamingo pink, olde country white, robin egg blue.
“We use engineered or solid oak as a base and add a polyurethane finish. Cleaning is easy and we recommend an organic, all natural approach: one part vinegar to 10 parts water. Add essential oils in a squirt bottle. This works great for spot cleaning. Otherwise, just vacuum it lightly.”
And the best news: when you are tired of the color or look, the forgiving surface floors allows for the flooring to be sanded and refinished in a golden oak or another color.
Tip: If you are hesitant about jumping into this unique treatment, whether doing this yourself or having it done professionally, try it in a smaller room like a bathroom or laundry room.
Painted flooring is a great way to simplify your home decorating. It’s beautiful, long lasting and affordable. Give it a try.
Wrenda Goodwyn is a Southwest Florida interior decorator. Her column, Home Inspirations appears the first Saturday of each month. Visit her website at spectacularspaces.com. Call her at 949-1808 or e-mail email@example.com. For more decorating tips and photos, visit spectacularspaces.com/blog
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