Painted Kitchen Floors: Update

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Painted Kitchen Floors: Update

It’s been about 8 months since the kitchen remodel from hell, where I painted our kitchen floors:

diy painted floors - hooks and hammers

diy painted floors - hooks and hammers

Why did I paint them?

See that nasty water stain in the 1st picture?  That’s why.  I would have LOVED to have saved the floors in here.  We tried sanding, we tried to play with stain colors to hide the watermarks.  None of it worked, and I didn’t want linoleum or tile.  That’s when I tried paint, and fell in love with it.

It was super easy.

I wanted 18″ squares, but on the diagonal, as you can see in the pictures.  It makes the room feel bigger.

First, started with the gray squares, then I went to the white squares.  I did not use a primer on the floors, as I used a primer/paint combo by Kilz.

Some things I learned along the way:

Frog Tape is the best.  (No offense to blue tape) No, I’m not associated with Frog Tape.   Yes, it is a little more expensive, BUT IT’S WORTH IT.  I found that the lines were perfect and crisp.  There was ZERO bleeding on the squares that were painted with Frog Tape.

Knee pads are a MUST.  My poor knees were so bruised by the time I was done!  It took 4 days to complete the floor.  That’s from the 1st square to the final coat of Poly.

Speaking of Polyurethane, if you do NOT want your white paint to turn yellow, you MUST use a water-based polyurethane.  And it dries so much faster, and even though it has it’s fair share of odor, it’s not as bad as oil-based Poly.


DIY painted floors - hooks and hammers

I’ve received quite a few emails asking how the floors have held up.  Has the paint come off?  Do they still look as good as they did when they were first painted?  How do they hold up to the traffic from 4 kids, 2 adults, 1 puppy and a rabbit?

They are just as awesome as the day I finished them.

Our kitchen is the busiest room in the house.  Things have been drug across the floor, food has been spilled on them, the puppy’s claws have been all over them, toys have been dropped, tools have been dropped…you name it, it’s happened to these poor floors.

Yes, there is a bit of wear.

But realistically, that’s normal.  I don’t know of a home improvement project, whether completed by professionals or the average DIYer that doesn’t need some sort of maintenance every year or so.

The area with the most wear is in front of the sink; and today, I’m going to show you how easy it is to freshen up.

First, I mopped my floor thoroughly.  Then, I wiped down the squares I wanted to repair with vinegar.  I then taped them off with my Frog Tape, and started painting the edges first, then painted the center of the squares.

I started with the white squares, removed the tape and let them dry.  I then reapplied the tape, and painted the grey squares:

I then removed the tape, and after they were dry I whipped out my can of water-based polyurethane and painted over the top.  This stuff dries really quick, and the smell isn’t over-powering.  It’s nice outside so I opened the door and window for ventilation.  It says to wait 24 hours before use, but honestly, they were fine to walk on with socks in about 3 hours.

And here we are:

It’s going to take a couple of weeks for the new to blend in with the old, I’ll definitely update with a new picture to show how it’s blended in.  Remember, these are 108-year-old floors.  We don’t want them to look brand new.

Would I do it again?  Yes.  but ONLY if the floor couldn’t be saved.  I will always try to save a wood floor before I paint it!

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