Many of us can only dream of having beautiful hardwood flooring in our homes. Maybe you’re lucky enough to have moved into a house with its wood flooring still intact, or maybe you splurged on wood flooring many years ago and are now itching to make a change, but don’t feel you could possibly justify ripping out such a beautiful feature.
A wonderful answer to the problem of tired wood flooring, if you’re keen to do something a bit quirkier than simply stripping and revarnishing to restore the wood to its former glory, is to unleash a little bit of creativity and opt for painting it, instead. Painting is always the ideal option – whether in regard to walls, floors or furniture – to achieve maximum transformation vis-a-vis minimum budget. Often, however, we overlook the painting potential of our home’s floors.
Beyond simply hardwood, you can also paint tile, plywood, concrete and even linoleum. However, here we are focusing primarily on hardwood flooring as an excellent base with which to work, although there are of courseboth pros and cons to this creative choice. Let’s consider five important points to take into consideration when opting to get creative with your wood flooring.
1 Equipping yourself with the essentials
If you’re looking to paint finished wood flooring, you should definitely consider opting for a buffer instead of getting down on your hands and knees with sandpaper. Floor buffers can be conveniently rented from many hardware shops and will save you a lot of backbreaking work. Sanding and then priming will make for the perfect base from which to work with colour.
2 Considering the practical stuff
It’s no simple undertaking to commit to painting your hardwood floors. It really is no small task, and you’ll need to move out all of your furniture and possibly even yourself, too. The heavy duty, hard-wearing paint that is most suitable for painting floors often gives off a lot of fumes, so it may be safer to vacate for a few days whilst it dries, or at least close off the room completely.
3 Colour and finish
When considering colour of paint and also what sort, it’s important to consider the space you’re working in as a whole. For instance, if you have light coloured walls, painting your wood flooring a light, neutral colour also can really open up the space and make it feel spacious and light. When it comes to encouraging light in the room, it can also be a great choice to opt for a paint with a gloss sheen, or to apply a glossy topcoat. Alternatively, you might opt for a darker colour, which can be beneficial if you’re looking to add some drama.
It’s not just about colour, however, it’s absolutely essential that you opt for a type of paint that is suitable for painting wood floors, as it will need to be very hardwearing. If you’re looking to carry out a particularly large paint job, maybe across an entire house or possibly even, say, a restaurant or shop floor, you may also want to consider volume. Liquid pigment concentrates or “pigment dispersions” can be a suitable choice for wood coatings and are most often supplied in high volume. Abbey Masterbatch, for instance, offer a wide variety of high-quality pigment dispersions, some of which are suitable for wood coating.
4 To splatter or not to splatter? That is the question
It’s important to remember, however, that darker floors do not necessarily mean dirt and mess will be disguised. Quite the opposite is often true, actually, with darker flooring often lending itself over to showing every single speck of dust or splatter of mess. If you’re looking for a mess friendly option that will take on its wear and tear quite happily, you could consider “splatter painted” wood flooring. If this interests you, you can check out how to achieve this look here.
5 Not one for the commitment phobic among us
Most importantly, you need to be sure that this is no decision made simply on a whim, as it can be near impossible to strip the paint from your wood flooring and return it to its former, unpainted glory. Painting your wood flooring is a decision that requires commitment.
So, are you feeling tempted yet? Painting your wood flooring can be a great, low-cost option to revive any room or even commercial space. You do, however, need to make sure that it’s the right choice for you, and that you’re happy to commit to the amount of time and work that will be required, as it can be intensive and largely irreversible.