When it comes to painting, I’m not one to procrastinate (usually), but when deciding whether I should paint the hardwood floor in my living room, I’ll admit I’ve waffled back and forth for months. I knew once I made the first swath across the floor with a loaded paintbrush, there would be no turning back!
I love the look of painted floors. In my last house, the living room and dining room had wall to wall carpet… not the best option with two dogs. I tore out the carpet and painted the floors twice while we lived there, in different colours and patterns. As part of the renovation we did before we moved into our present home, I decided to tile the kitchen, dining room, den, powder room and laundry room… again a decision made considering the wear and tear that comes with bigger, messy dogs. The only rooms with hardwood floors were the living room and butler’s pantry. About 15 years ago, I painted the pantry floor (photo left) in a mosaic pattern. This is a high traffic area, and it has performed well beyond what I could have hoped for. My niece painted the greenhouse floor using a stencil pattern that has helped disguise the dirt and water that regularly gets tracked in.
My house is over 60 years old, and the hardwood floors have served it well, but the last time we had the floors refinished, we were told the floors could not be sanded again.
After rolling up the area rug this past weekend, we found evidence of pet accidents probably done years ago. This really became the deciding factor in whether to paint or not… knowing that painting my old floor would add another layer of patina to the decor of my home!
A major problem I had was getting all the furniture out of the living room. Without available space to put it in, and no available manpower to move the furniture (with respect to our current Covid restriction) meant that I would be painting around the furniture…not the best strategy.
Although I have some finishing touches to do, baseboards to paint plus allowing adequate drying time before moving the furniture back in place, I’m thrilled to have the job behind me and more importantly, with the finished product. It’s given this room a much-needed facelift with minimal cost. I almost wish I had more floors to paint!
If you are contemplating painting your floors, Pinterest offers a wealth of possibilities and inspiration no matter your decor style (see photos above).