board in yellow and white
Rating 2.5 -moderate
The magic of a painted floor can transform a common space into a unique and
beautiful expression of you and your families personality. You can paint
entrance floors, children's rooms, porches, or just about any wooden floor.
Start with this 2 color process, using any colors you choose. Then when you've
mastered this simple process, get creative, add decorative boarders,
quirky elements and personal touches that help create these singularly unique
Sweep and clean surface thoroughly.
all nails and repair any damaged or cracked areas. For optimum results, sand
floor completely to remove sealers or previous
paint. If you have a previously painted floor
and you wish to paint over it, like the
project below, scrape off and loose paint
areas, then sand with 120 grit to 180 grit
Using a power
sander to remove and smooth loose particles.
Applying your primer.
Next you will need to
prime the wood
floor. Benjamin Moore's 'Fresh Start'
oil-based primer will provide good results. Refer to
the artSparx basic preparation resource for
tips and techniques.
Use a brush
and a roller to apply the primer, and then
allow to fully dry.
Step 3: Choose
and apply the appropriate oil-based, low-luster finish base color. For this
yellow and white checker board pattern we have
used Benjamin Moore 'Yellow Lotus' (# 2021-50)
Satin Impervo oil-based paint. Allow to fully dry (24
with brushing the corners
the base color application with a roller.
using a 3/8" nap roller head.
use oil paint instead of water based paint?
To insure durability and long life for
your floor it is recommended that you use
oil-based products. Floors are high traffic
zones, subject to allot of wear and tear. Oil
based products can last years longer than
comparable water based paints.
4: Determine the size of the outside
border. 10 inches is a nice, substantial size,
without becoming to dominant. If you have a
very large floor, larger than 20 ft. x 20 ft.,
then a 10 in. to 16 inch. border will work. If the
overall floor size is less then 20 ft. x 20
ft. then 6 in. to 12 in. is appropriate.
Experiment to determine what looks
proportionally correct to you.
points with a measuring tape and pencil.
you have completed marking your boarder begin
the center panel. First find your center point
by drawing a diagonal line from on corner of
the floor to the other. Repeat, where the
lines cross is your center point. We are using
18 inch squares, and placing them on a
straight edge to create the diagonals.
You can also create a straight
checker pattern (or grid) by simply marking 18
inch lines in an even progression along each
side, then connecting the points. Creating a
checker board on an angle creates interest and
adds energy to the linear space.
your center point
18 inches off center line, then again
along the end
of the same diagonal line. Connect with
along the opposite axis point until all
lines are created.
Continue creating your
diagonals. You will do this by measuring 18
inches along one center, then repeating the
measurement at another point along the same
line (dia. 2). Connect with your straight edge
and pencil. Continue this method, measuring at
18 inch off each newly created line.
Repeat this process by working
off of the opposite axis line (dia. 3). Pay
close attention to the pattern to insure you
stay consistent and you create equal and
the painters tape and carefully tape off every
other square. Use a razor blade, placing it at the
cross section of the squares, and tear the
tape against the blade to insure crisp
placing the tape along the pencil outlines.
This may seem like a time
consuming process, and it does take a while.
But once you complete this stage you are almost
done. Simply paint the squares, remove the
tape and voila! allow to dry and enjoy.
|Painting the secondary color
Materials: mini-roller, paint, painters
tape and rags.
Pour some slightly off-white oil-based
paint into the mini-roller tray. We are
using Benjamin Moore 'White Dove' Satin
Impervo oil-based paint.
Wear disposable gloves
and carefully roll on paint, being
cautious not to paint over a 'yellow'
mini-roller to paint in the secondary
Our porch floor in
|Removing the tape and
While paint is still wet, and still
wearing disposable gloves, carefully
remove the tape. Have a trash bag handy
for tape disposal. Be careful not to
step in any 'wet paint' areas.
Allow to dry completely, 24 hours,
before walking on the floor. Wait a
minimum of 48 hours before replacing
furniture to insure proper curing times
and complete drying. When using
exterior/interior enamel oil-based
paints, a protective sealer is not
Step 9: Clean
up with mineral spirits.
Step 10: Retain
some of the paint colors for future touch-ups.
Dispose of rags, paint brushes and empty paint cans properly.