Oh boy, do I LOVE a painted floor!
I have painted at least one floor in every house we have owned. I’ve done it on tile, wood, cement and plywood subfloors.
In my limited experience, cement yields the best results. It takes the paint well and it lasts a long time without much care.
Right now I have two rooms with painted floors. When we added our bathroom to the house I knew I wanted to paint the floor, that way I can change it any time I want. I have re-painted it once, a few years ago because I wanted to change the color.
That’s the best part about a painted floor. It can be changed in a day for very little cost.
I wanted a classic tile look in the bathroom, so I painted 12″ squares in a checkered pattern.
I always prime the floor first if it hasn’t been painted before. I go over the primer with a couple of coats of floor paint. In this case, I used white floor paint. Then comes the fun part, creating the floor that you want. I just use those little bottles of acrylic paint from the craft store for the decorative part of the floor. In my bathroom, the tan color is $.99 acrylic paint. One thing I have learned from having so many painted floors….if you leave it a solid color it will show EVERYTHING. So I went over the whole floor with a wash of watered down brown paint once I had the squares all finished.
A couple of times I painted a rug, I have done vines, fallen leaves, stripes, stars….you are only limited by your imagination.
A few coats of polyurethane and you’re done. I did my whole floor in a day….start to finish.
It still looks good and we are not careful with it at all. We mop it and scoot things around. I do keep a rug on it, but that is for warmth.
Our other painted floor is in James’ office. When we were building his office we ran out of money for the floors. I decided to get creative and paint it temporarily. That was 10 years ago. It has stood the test of time and we still like it.
I used gray floor paint and then cut a car washing sponge into a rectangle the size of a brick. I squirted different shades of red, brown and black into a pan and dipped the sponge into the pan without stirring the colors. Then I stamped a brick pattern on the floor.
We love the way it looks and you can’t beat the price.
I am mulling over painting the boys’ bathroom floor. The room needs re-painting anyway and it’s about time I added some personality to the space.
Isn’t it a joy to use your creativity and save money?