Paint Hardwood Floors With a Pattern

Breathe new life into old hardwood floors with a fresh coat of paint in an eye-catching pattern.
Red, White and Black Dining Room

Red, White and Black Dining Room

This sleek dining area plays red, white and black off each other for a modern feel. The chevron-patterned floor adds interest to the mostly black-and-white room.

Materials Needed:

  • L-square
  • pencil
  • tape measure
  • painter's tape
  • porch and deck paint
  • orbital sander with extension cord
  • medium-grit sanding pads
  • floor sealant
  • sealer pad
  • wet/dry vacuum
  • bucket
  • warm water
  • sponge
  • paint pan
  • paint roller
  • roller pad
  • extender pole
  • paint brush
  • detail brush
  • drop cloth
  • box or floor fan

Sand and Prepare Surface

Lightly sand surface of wood floors with orbital sander and medium-grit sanding pads. Use wet/dry vacuum to remove all sanding dust from area. Wipe surface with a sponge dipped in warm water.

Paint Base Color

Pour base color porch and deck paint into paint pan. Add extender pole to roller handle, and paint an even coat over entire floor. Allow proper dry time before re-entering space to apply a second, final base coat.

Whitewashed Wood Floors

Whitewashed Wood Floors

Pour base color porch and deck paint into paint pan. Add extender pole to roller handle, and paint an even coat over entire floor. Allow proper dry time before re-entering space to apply a second, final base coat.

Mark Pattern

Once pattern is decided, use tape measure to determine length and width. Mark pattern onto floor using an L-square and pencil. Differentiate base color areas from accent color areas by placing painter's tape along outside edges of penciled pattern.

Skipping Prep Work

Skipping Prep Work

"Do it the right way, right away," says Carey. "You shouldn't avoid your prep work. You want to take the time to do it right and right from the beginning." Contractor Jim Collins says, "It's a horrible, tedious process, and nobody likes it, but it saves so much time later on down the way. And that's what you're trying to do: save yourself money and time."

Paint Accent Color

Protect floor with drop cloth before pouring accent paint color into paint pan. Add extender pole to roller handle then paint inside areas marked off with painter's tape. Allow proper dry time before painting a second, final accent color coat.

Paint Accent Color

Paint Accent Color

Protect floor with drop cloth before pouring accent paint color into paint pan. Add extender pole to roller handle then paint inside areas marked off with painter's tape. Allow proper dry time before painting a second, final accent color coat.

Remove Tape

Slowly remove painter's tape from floor to assure no tearing or ripping occurs. If tearing or ripping does occur, touch up areas using a one-inch paint brush or a detail brush. Allow proper drying time before re-entering space.

Chevron Patterned Floor

Chevron Patterned Floor

Slowly remove painter's tape from floor to assure no tearing or ripping occurs. If tearing or ripping does occur, touch up areas using a one-inch paint brush or a detail brush. Allow proper drying time before re-entering space.

Seal Pattern

Pour floor sealant into paint pan. Dip sealer pad into pan, and apply sealer with controlled, even strokes. Open windows and run box or floor fan to properly ventilate area and speed up drying time. Allow proper dry time before re-entering room.

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