7 DIY Steps for Painting Timber FlooringJuly 7, 2018
Adding a few coats of paint to your home’s timber flooring can revitalise rooms, helping to bring light and personality to dull spaces. Yet, aside from adding a touch of design flair, painting timber flooring also protects the surface, and it is a more cost effective remodelling option compared to carpet or vinyl flooring.
Fortunately, painting your timber floors is a fairly straightforward project. It doesn’t require technical knowledge or expensive tools or machines. In fact, with the right painting, sanding and cleaning supplies, you can transform your home’s wooden floors in as little as 48 hours.
Step 1: Prepare the Area for Painting
First, you’ll want to remove any existing flooring material like carpets or laminates, as well as the pins that were used to hold them in place. Then, thoroughly clean the floors by sweeping up any debris, and then by using a damp mop to pick up finer dust and dirt particles. Painting over dust and dirt will result in an uneven finish on the floor.
Step 2: Lightly Sand the Floors Prior to Painting
Sanding the floors prior to adding paint is important for two reasons. Firstly it smooths the surface and removes any rough patches, and secondly this process will enable the paint to stick more easily to the floor. You do not want to use sandpaper that’s too coarse, as you only want to remove the upper most layer of sealant from the wood. For larger spaces, you may need to hire an electric belt sander.
Step 3: Choosing the Proper Paint for Your Flooring
Before you begin, consult with a local paint seller to determine the best type of paint for the surface. Typically acrylic paints that are designed to withstand foot traffic are ideal and many brands offer paints that are designed specifically for flooring.
Step 4: Apply the First Primer Coat
Some paints require a primer layer to be applied to the flooring before the first coat of paint. Other types are considered primer/paints, and they do not need a primer layer. If you do not require a primer, apply the first coat of paint. For larger spaces, a paint roller will speed up the process, while a brush is necessary for corners and hard to reach areas. When painting, follow the grain of the floorboards for an even look.
Step 5: Sand the First Layer of Paint
Once the first coat has dried, you should use a light sandpaper to smooth the surface. The key here is not to remove paint, but rather to remove any bubbles or globs that have formed on the top layer. Once complete, use a damp mop to clean up any dust.
Step 6: Apply the Second and Third Layers of Paint
Follow the guidelines in Step 4 when applying the second and third coats of paint. You should wait until each layer has properly dried – typically 24 hours – before sanding each new layer.
Step 7: Touch Up Any Missed Areas
Three coats of paint should be more than enough to completely cover the floor. But it’s possible that you missed a spot here or there. Once the third coat has dried, examine the space to ensure all areas are covered evenly, and for any missed areas, apply another coat with a brush or roller.