Add Pizzazz to Plain Hardwood Floors With Paint

Personalize basic hardwood floors with pattern, using proper preparation and simple painting steps.

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Materials Needed:

  • notepad
  • pencil
  • tape measure
  • paint chips
  • floor paint
  • roller handle
  • roller sleeve
  • paint pan
  • extender pole
  • drop cloth
  • painter's tape
  • wood floor sander
  • 150-grit wood-floor sanding sheets
  • 220-grit wood-floor sanding sheets
  • wet/dry vacuum
  • angled paintbrush
  • shoe covers

Clear Out Space

Before the project begins, it's important to remove all furnishings from the space.

Take Measurements and Sketch Pattern

Determine floor dimensions with tape measure, jotting measurements down on notepad. Sketch the intended look of painted pattern, noting width and/or length of each of its parts. Keep paint chips nearby to decide which color each area of the pattern will be.

Attach Sanding Sheets

Pick up a wood-floor sander from the rental section of a local home improvement store. Following wood-floor sander's instruction manual, attach sanding sheets. Tip: Most hardwood floors require a two-step sanding process: a deep sanding with 150-grit sheets, which removes old finishes and imperfections, then a light sanding with 220-grit sheets, which ensures a smooth surface.

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