I used the title ‘Painted White Wood Floors’ for this post because I seriously used that exact phrase exactly 5007 times when I was searching for pictures and information before I attempted this project. And because it sums up the project perfectly and simply!
When Kevin sanded and refinished our floors about 8? years ago, he did the living room, dining room, kitchen, and entry. Big job. Probably because it was such a big job, and because we were limited in time, and who knows why else, he left the small hallway and 2 bedrooms for another time. As you all are probably familiar with, another time never came. The floors that weren’t refinished were now really shabby.
A few months ago, when I made-over the office (one of the two aforementioned bedrooms), I painted the floors with Annie Sloan Chalk Paint. I painted stripes using gray and Old White. What I didn’t do was prime first. I knew the ASCP would adhere to the floor, but I didn’t consider that the old wood stain would bleed through. It did, and it made the Old White look old dirty. I convinced myself that it wasn’t that bad and that it added to the worn and rustic look that I love. (It didn’t take much convincing – I just really didn’t want to start over!!)
(This is a terrible picture – nice cords under the cabinet! I didn’t have one of the finished striped floors before I moved the furniture back. Go figure.)
Despite the dirty white, I loved the look of the finished floors – before the furniture was moved in. It’s a small room, with one very bold and busy wallpapered wall, and the stripes just made everything feel frantic and crazy to me. I distressed the edges of the stripes, thinking that it was the stark lines that were bothering me, but I still wasn’t happy.
I’m not sure where I first ran across a pic of ‘white painted wood floors’, (probably on Houzz – I’m addicted!) but once I saw them I couldn’t get the look out of my head!!!! After stalking the internet for more pictures for a few months, I decided to go for it. I had only one obstacle – my husband. I’ve mentioned before that Kevin hates when I re-do something that I’ve already (just) done, so I sneakily waited until he had to travel for work, and then busted butt to have it all done before he got back. Terrible, I know. But very motivating!
Here are my partners-in-crime…
BIN shellac base primer: (I learned my lesson! I used 2 coats.)
Sherwin Williams Porch and Floor Enamel: (It only comes in a satin finish? Or maybe my store only had it in a satin finish? Which feels weird to walk on, but I knew I would be using a poly over it, so no problem. Also 2 coats.)
General Finishes High Performance Water Base Topcoat: (I think I used 3 coats. It goes on very easily and dry time is only a few hours, so it doesn’t prolong project time too much. If you’re painting your floor white, you have to use a poly on top.)
Finished floor… (the view from my bedroom – I love this!)
We still need to add a threshold between the kitchen floor and the painted floor. I think it’ll make the transition look a little less abrupt.
I used a roller with an extender (no hands and knees painting!) for all 3 products. It went so fast – I honestly couldn’t believe it! I knew immediately that I made the right choice. The white is so much more peaceful than the stripes. And it’s bright – so it’s peaceful and cheery at the same time. Love.
I’m having trouble choosing a rug for the space. I want something very neutral – I’m thinking about a solid gray, but not too light. I’ll get there… eventually!