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Painted Floor - A 1964 Single-Wide Mobile Home Make-Over

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Two Months in the making.Hand painted plywood sub-flooring.
  • a 1964 single wide make over hand painted sub flooring, diy, flooring, home decor, painting
After spending 15 hours pulling out carpet and padding, tack strips and padding staples, we discovered some incredible sub-flooring. We could not afford wood or laminate and I hate carpets, so we decided to paint the plywood.
  • a 1964 single wide make over hand painted sub flooring, diy, flooring, home decor, painting
After cleaning and sanding, I masked off a border.
  • a 1964 single wide make over hand painted sub flooring, diy, flooring, home decor, painting
Primed and painted the border with a latex flat paint
  • a 1964 single wide make over hand painted sub flooring, diy, flooring, home decor, painting
Masked off 4 inch strips for the wood planks and hand painted with flat black
  • a 1964 single wide make over hand painted sub flooring, diy, flooring, home decor, painting
Did the same process for the dividing lines, staggering them every 4th plank
  • a 1964 single wide make over hand painted sub flooring, diy, flooring, home decor, painting
I used gold enamel for the nail heads and painted a watered down shadow around each painted on nail head
  • a 1964 single wide make over hand painted sub flooring, diy, flooring, home decor, painting
I them stenciled a pattern and did a skinny border. After it dried a used a gold glaze on top of the stenciled area.
  • a 1964 single wide make over hand painted sub flooring, diy, flooring, home decor, painting
Once everything was dry, I masked on a the main design and then painted the entire border using a gloss black latex. Once the paint was dry, I pulled off the masking tape.
  • a 1964 single wide make over hand painted sub flooring, diy, flooring, home decor, painting
After the black paint had dried over night, I used a water based poly urethane to coat the entire surface. This was a gruely project unless you are used to doing 15 hours of squats at a gym everyday. At 53 years old - this actually just about killed me. We like to tell everybody, "Look what we found when we pulled up the old carpet"!
To see our read the entire "make-over" experience, you can follow the progress at www.thewoodssecretgarden.blogspot.com
  • a 1964 single wide make over hand painted sub flooring, diy, flooring, home decor, painting
Floor has dried and and bookcases and desk in place.
  • a 1964 single wide make over hand painted sub flooring, diy, flooring, home decor, painting

To see more: http://thewoodssecretgarden.blogspot.com/

  • TPawcio

    What a beautifully done project, Diane! I love how the painted surround looks like expensive inlaid alternative woodwork. What a wonderful job you have done, and thank you for sharing this with us!

  • Theduke1234

    That floor is over the top beautiful!! Thank you!!

    • Dianna Wood
      Dianna Wood Rancho Cordova, CA

      Thanks so much! Hope it inspired many!

  • Gma
    Gma Pasco, WA

    beautiful job!!

  • Bbeckley53

    Wow
    that was a lot of work
    looks beautiful !!!

  • Gail
    Gail Deltona, FL

    A-MA-ZING. I've redone my floors, painted them, stripped them, stained them and laid new ones. As a woman in my 60's, it was quite a feat for me. But one time I wanted to get creative with a subfloor. If I had seen this, I would have attempted it.

    • Dianna Wood
      Dianna Wood Rancho Cordova, CA

      Great comment Gail. Thanks so much for popping in.

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