Wednesday, September 8, 2010

Painted Floors

Painted floors are an easy way to update a tired, worn out wood floor, even subflooring responds well to this application. If you have a carpeted room with subflooring under the wall-to-wall, tear up the carpet and apply paint. Fabulous way to update any room. Below are the instructions out of Elle Decor Magazine:
Here are Lahey’s (of Elle Decor) step-by-step instructions for a foolproof painted wood floor:
• scarify the surface with 150-grit sandpaper
• wash the floor with a powdered detergent cleaner to remove all dust and deposits
• allow floor to dry completely (this may take a couple of days)
• apply a primer suitable for your paint type
• allow primer to dry overnight
• lightly sand primer with 220-grit sandpaper
• wipe floor clean with mineral spirits, using tack cloth or a rag
• apply the first, thin coat of paint with a natural-bristle brush (which creates a smooth finish, rather than with a roller, which creates a stippled finish)
• allow paint to dry 24 hours
• apply two more thin coasts, allowing 24 hours between each

After the final coat of paint, it’s acceptable to walk on the surface in socks after 24 hours. “But we really don’t want high heels or to drag that piano yet,” says Lahey. “An alkyd paint dries overnight, but takes 28 days to cure to maximum hardness.”

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