It’s not hard to do and the transformation can be amazing – and one that you will truly love to walk on, every single day.
Why do it?
After carrying out minor home renovations, our original pine floorboards were in desperate need of attention. The boards were old and in bad condition, plus we’d patched in places where we’d removed walls. Our budget didn’t stretch to laying new boards and the existing ones were not worth polishing.
Painting the boards off-white presented an affordable way to cover the patching, cracks and imperfections, while giving our interior design a fabulous new finish. And now, not only do the boards look spectacular, but with young children underfoot, they’re durable and easy to maintain.
Living in a small, dark, inner city semi, we needed to create as much light as possible, and the existing orange/brown coloured floorboards did nothing to help.
Painting the boards off-white throughout the entire home gave the space a bright airy feel, with a wonderful sense of flow and visual space. And, combined with fresh neutral walls, the floors help provide a versatile backdrop, easily decorated with accessories such as bold rugs, coloured chairs and eclectic cushions.
A fresh start
Painting your floorboards provides the opportunity to create a whole new look for your home. I found inspiration in the many magazines featuring beautiful country homes in the south of France, with charming rustic painted floorboards.
This worked well in our older style home and now combines beautifully with a mix of contemporary and vintage pieces. However, fresh white painted boards can also create a more coastal feel, while dark floorboards, contrasted with stark white walls can capture a hint of classic Hamptons style. Whatever shade of floor paint you choose, it is an achievable way to add colour, character and originality to your home.
What to do
You don’t have to go far these days to find great products to paint floorboards. Feast Watson Floor Paint is a good option, available in opaque or liming floor finish. For our boards, the opaque floor paint was the obvious choice, as we wanted to cover up the many existing flaws.
This paint can also be tinted to your preferred shade for a more personal finish and our choice was Dulux White Duck. Boards will need to be sanded back and sanding equipment is readily available for hire along with helpful tips. It is then preferable to first coat floor with a floor paint primer and then apply paint with an applicator, such as the Feast Watson Floor Finish Applicator.
Now, with walls of Dulux Natural White, we have delicious cool grey/white floorboards throughout, rivaling any rustic home you might see in the south of France. It’s made a feature of a floor that was not very attractive and created a fresh light feel from beginning to end.