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October 12, 2009

Painting a Floor??

Filed under: Uncategorized — Ashley Hawthorne @ 6:40 pm

Have you ever thought about painting your floor?  Well because I have been living in a house with 60 year old beautiful original wood floors, the answer is NO!  But with the new house, painting is going to be a great option.

“Whether a classic checkerboard, bold stripe, or simple wash of color, a new look for your floors is as simple as a fresh coat of paint.” -web

Here is what we’re working with:  kitchen/living/dining main area is currently VCT (think elementary classroom and hallways at the DMV), the study/formal living is mauve carpet, and the bedrooms and hallway are cork (pretty cool for the time being!).

I have been going back and forth on what to do with the kitchen/dining/living.  I eventually want to put some Marmoleum in there, but for now I think I will paint the floor!  Using the correct type of paint (specifically for floors) and coating with polyurethane give you a floor that is easy to maintain, guilt-free to change, and CHEAP!  I just do not know what to do yet, so painting is a way to make it work for just however long this decision process takes.  The whole space needs to be the same thing b/c there is no good place to change.  I realy dont want ceramic tile and it is just a whole lot of square footage.  All of my European and Australian design magazines are floor painting fools!!  Most are doing white, but I’m tossing around the idea of spicing that up a bit.

Now, what should it look like??  Here are some pics of examples.  Lets discuss, my friends 🙂

painted floor 1

painted floor 2

painted floor 3

painted floor 5

painted floor 6



  1. ps. never let your curtains be “high waters” like the room with the yellow floors!

    Comment by ashleysthoughts — October 12, 2009 @ 6:54 pm

  2. im liking the blue and white room with the zig-zag situation…

    Comment by leslie — October 12, 2009 @ 6:56 pm

  3. I’m not loving the high waters, that’s for sure. But I do love the yellow floors. My favorite is probably the blue and white zig-zag but I think it’s just because I love the color scheme. Not sure how zig-zag would do with bolder colors. 🙂 My very UN-PROFESSIONAL opinion.

    Comment by Eryn — October 12, 2009 @ 7:26 pm

  4. I love a painted floor (when it’s not over hardwood, painting over hardwood makes me sad)! I can think of two people’s homes with painted floors that are really well done – I think it makes it more memorable and unique. I don’t remember what other people’s floors look like, you know, but these floors I remember! Do it!

    I love the subtle one, top right, and then the not so subtle one, top left the most.

    Comment by Christina — October 12, 2009 @ 7:28 pm

  5. I love the patterns — they’re all so fun. I’m a big fan of picture top left; it manages to be elegant and fresh at the same time. But if you have to do the same thing throughout I’m not sure how it would work (although I suppose if you wanted to do top left, you could just stop the squares at some point and have the cream background color carry on). Top right would be a nice balance of pattern and neutrality, but I don’t know I’d be skilled enough to pull it off. I’m not the pro though! Before I saw your pictures, I was thinking a red floor. Seems as though the right red would both pop, make a statement, and tie multiple rooms together.

    Comment by Katherine — October 12, 2009 @ 7:29 pm

  6. I’m really digging the first one, but I think that looks more like me and not you! I like the blue and white, but the zig zag might be too much! The yellow flowers are pretty fun! Overall, I think painting the floors is a good, unique idea! 🙂

    Comment by erin — October 12, 2009 @ 7:40 pm

  7. i LOVE the first one too. i like the yellow floor if you did like a tone-on-tone gray or cream scheme.

    Comment by ashleysthoughts — October 12, 2009 @ 7:59 pm

  8. my faves are the first one and the yellow one….. but with a bold color AND a bold print you’d almost have to put a neutral rug over it. i think i like those ones too because you can still see the imperfections where the wood has settled and started to separate. LOVE it!! go for it!!

    Comment by lana — October 12, 2009 @ 9:29 pm

  9. my friend did a black and white distressed check that turned out great! definitely a fun idea.

    Comment by Laura — October 12, 2009 @ 9:52 pm

  10. Just realized that EVERY curtain in my house is “high-water”. 😦

    Comment by Ashley — October 12, 2009 @ 11:21 pm

  11. It’s ok ash! Just get u a coordinating fabric and sew or glue some extensions!!! I don’t remember your curtains!!!

    Comment by Ashley H — October 12, 2009 @ 11:29 pm

  12. I love the woman’s face in the top left picture. It’s like “I just set my purse down in that room, walked in and turned around and…SOMEONE HAS PAINTED THE FLOORS!!” My personal favourite is the red. I love how cozy it makes that little space- like a boathouse or entryway to a room- so inviting. I love a painted step.

    Comment by lrockett — October 23, 2009 @ 2:20 pm

  13. […] {This floor is very eye-catching as these simple yet elegant squares painted on the diagonal draw the eye in and give just the right amount of contrast to really make the interior of this home pop.} […]

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