Ok, I think it’s about time I finally reveal our newly painted floors! If I could sum up the entire floor painting project in one word it would be: WORTHIT
But If I could sum up the entire floor painting project in two full words with exclamatory punctuation it would be: WORTH IT!!!
Worth it…despite us having to rip up and haul off the smelly, dusty carpet and linoleum:
Worth it…despite us having to clean and level the subfloor:
Worth it…despite us having to sand the subfloor:
I repeat: It was all worth it!
Before we took on this project, I felt like a slave to our ugly floors. However, since we couldn’t afford new carpet or laminate, I refused to make our house a home until we found a way to improve our floors. This meant no curtains on the windows, no paintings on the walls, no beauty, no creativity, nothing.
I must admit, living in such a bare state was very depressing.
Confession: You cannot tell a soul, but…in 2 years I only mopped the linoleum once. Not only that, we had been living in the house 8 months before I finally decided to mop them. Don’t worry, we lived in the house 2 months before I even decided to sweep them. (I was kinda in a rut.)
Needless to say, I was head-over-heels excited when I discovered that we could afford to PAINT our floors!! After removing the carpet and linoleum, everything looks and smells so much cleaner.
It was encouraging to watch our home transform with each step of the project. For more photos of the process, click here! 2 months later, here is how are floors are looking…
Painted Floor Reveal
The two questions I get asked the most about painted floors are:
- How do you clean them?
- How do they hold up to traffic?
I can vacuum and mop these floors, however my mop solution is a gentle mix of diluted dish soap and vinegar.
The paint itself hold up to traffic very well.
NOTE: The only areas I would make to sure enforce are the seams in the plywood. So far, wood putty has shown to be the most durable.
Three coats of polyurethane makes the durability possible.
Note: Keep in mind that polyurethane is light yellow and will slightly alter the color of your paint.
Though I am very pleased with the look of the floors, they are not a permanent solution. Eventually, Mr. Smith and I would like to install laminate wood flooring throughout most of the house. In the meantime, however, painting our floors was a practical and beautiful way to improve the condition of our subfloors. We are excited about the transformation and I cannot wait to start making this house a home!!