How To Paint Wood Floors

Hey friends!

This week I decided to do a spur of the moment project. It had no planning whatsoever, luckily I had the right products to complete it sitting around my house.

I had a gallon of white paint/primer and was thinking to myself “Wow those steps are ugly.” So, I decided to paint them. I felt like a total rebel doing this because your supposed to paint your walls, not your floors….and I mean WHITE?! I know I’m a little insane.

The idea actually stemmed from watching Safe Haven on Netflix the other day. The lead character decided to paint her floors “lemon twist” yellow. Although I’m not brave enough to indulge in such a bold color, I still found the idea of painting the floor intriguing.

You Will Need:

  • Paint Brush
  • 150 Grit Sandpaper
  • Damp rag
  • Wood floor cleaner
  • Vacuum
  • Paint
  • Primer
  • Polyeurethane

Step 1: Prep the Surface

  • You should use 150 grit sand paper to do this.
  • The goal is to roughen them up a little so the paint sticks to the wood

Step 2: Clean the Surface

  • I vacuumed the steps and then wiped them down with a damp rag with water (no soap).
  • You may choose to use wood floor cleaner
  • Let the floors dry (I’ve seen other posts that say to wait 24 hours to let them dry, but I just waited about an hour because I didn’t get them very wet and it worked fine for me..)

Step 3: Prime/Paint

  • Prime your floor
  • OR start painting if your paint is a combo of paint/primer with a paintbrush (rollers can cause bubbles easier than brushes)
  • I used 2 coats of paint + primer and let them dry an hour and a half in between coats. (Probably best to wait longer…it’s recommended to wait 24 hours in between coats of paint, but I’m impatient and it turned out just fine)
  • Since I was doing stairs, I started from the top and worked my way down.
  • If you are painting the floor of a room, don’t trap yourself into a corner.

Step 4: Let it Dry

  • Let your paint dry for 24 hours before putting on your clear coat or walking on it

Step 5:  Apply “Clear Coat”

  • You don’t have to apply a polyeurethane topcoat, but it really does make it last longer and much easier to clean.
  • Apply 1-2 coats of polyeurethane with a brush.
  • Depending on what brand of polyeurethane you use will determine how many coats you will need and the dry time in between layers, the container should tell you. If you don’t know, wait 24 hours in between coats to play it safe.

Step 6: Allow Polyeurethane to Dry

  • The polyeurethane should dry for at least 24 hours before walking on it.

They look so clean and fresh now! I am very excited about how this quick and inexpensive project turned out. I think the shiplap wall needs some spunk…maybe a gallery wall?? Hmm. There really are an endless amount of projects to do… good thing it’s my favorite hobby 😉



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