Yes, I said it, I am painting the hardwood floor in my kitchen. Why would someone paint there hardwood floors, is probably the thought going through your mind right now???? But think about it, they doit all over Europe, its very common, and I don’t know about you, but I drool all over, all of those lovely feeds on Instagram and Pinterest. So why can’t we do it here in the States, we can. They are tired, worn, and over 100 years old, the finish never lasts very long, and they really should be replaced, but its just not in the budget to do so. I don’t know if I am a drippy, dish washer or what, but once the clear coat is gone off your floors, it is pretty much a disaster. I would sometimes mop my floors four and five times in a row, and I just couldn’t get them cleaned. Then one day I Googled it, Google is so smart. I found out that I was making the problem worse, everytime I wet the floors, the moister would penetrate down into the wood causing it to swell, which left a gap for more dirt to accumulate. YUK Ok, now that you are familiar with my dirty floors, let me share what I did to protect and preserve them a little longer. The other reason is that the floors can no longer be sanded, we are down to the nail heads, and once that happens you are done sanding. If we were to sand again, the heads would pop off the nails and the boards would pop up. So really, this is my only option, luckily for me. I am scared, but also excited.
Sorry I don’t have any before pictures, it was so ugly I always avoided getting it in the picture. YIKES
I painted the floor in sections, going in the direction of the planks, to allow us to step over the section I was working on, and still use the kitchen. We needed to eat, you know. We did eat out a lot during the process, but we still needed to make coffee and do small things. It wasn’t hard work, but it was a process. I chose a section, and lightly sanded the area, then used a tac cloth to remove all of the dust. I gave the area a coat of Bonding Primer, and allowed it to dry for two hours. Then I started in with the paint. I used Benjamin Moore, Floor and Porch paint. I was surprised by how thin the paint was, it was like milk. Thinner than normal paint, but in the end I believe it was a good thing, because it allowed me to paint three thin coats, without any build up. So I painted one coat of primer and two coats of paint one day, and then the next morning, I painted the final coat of paint, which allowed the paint the entire day to dry before any danger of walking on it. It is a challenge, and timing is everything when you are painting the floor of a room you are still using. But it can be done. Then the next day pick another section. I bopped around, based on where we could walk, and what was still drying. In the end it all looked the same, and no one would ever know I didn’t paint the entire floor at the same time. I have to say, I was a little scared, but I am in love with it. It looks beautiful.
Notice my Island is still on sliders, I have an area of the floor that got scratched when we moved the stove back so I need to slide the Island to get to it. But company coming slowed down my timeline, and it landed on the back burner.
So that is it, I love how it turned out, and I’m hoping it holds up better than a coat of polyurethane, since it can be used outside where it would be rained on. I do need to replace this island, I love it, but it is simple to large for my space. I have had it for 21 years, and it is solid as a rock. I did paint it a few years back, with Annie Sloan Chalk Paint in Duckegg Blue. I do have my eye on one, so I am just waiting to take the plunge.
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