Painted floor adds charm, hides flaws
You can give a room an entirely new look with this easy weekend project.
The next time you're considering brightening up a room, don't leave out the floors. Sure, you could pay the high cost to refinish and stain hardwood floors, or buy new area rugs to add some color.
Or you could kill two birds with one stone and simply paint the floor to match the decor.
MyHomeIdeas offers even more good excuses to pick up a paintbrush dipped in porch paint in its article "10 Reasons to Paint Your Floor."
As an easy weekend project, talk about a quick way to dress up your home for a home sale. Besides hiding any flaws or imperfections on your wood floor, the paint also can be used on concrete and linoleum to produce a more streamlined and striking color.
The paint also is durable and can withstand daily use, even improving with age, MyHomeIdeas says. And it's easy to maintain, since cleaning your painted floor requires only that you mop it with soap and water.
So how do you decide on the ideal pattern to paint on your floor? MyHomeIdeas notes that you can paint your floor in any style ranging from traditional to modern, and that it's sure to brighten your room.
You can add designs such as plaid, stripes, diamonds or anything else you choose, but make sure it's a look you like, since doing so is the best way to add a large-scale pattern to the room.
I don't think it would derease the value. Easy enough to paint over and if the floors were bad in the first place, then stripping them to have them redone would have had to be done anyway.
That's one sure way to decrease the value of your house. Unless your floor is shot to the point of needing replaced, I wouldn't try it. Painting perfect diamonds throughout your floor is a hard thing even with a guide.
The idea reminds me of all the beautiful old homes with painted wood trim and crown molding. Sure it's stylish for a while, but it won't stay that way.
About Teresa Mears
Teresa Mears is a veteran journalist who has been interested in houses since her father took her to tax auctions to carry the cash at age 10. A former editor of The Miami Herald's Home & Design section, she lives in South Florida where, in addition to writing about real estate, she publishes Miami on the Cheap to help her neighbors adjust to the loss of 60% of their property value.