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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.
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.
After cleaning and sanding, I masked off a border.
Primed and painted the border with a latex flat paint
Masked off 4 inch strips for the wood planks and hand painted with flat black
Did the same process for the dividing lines, staggering them every 4th plank
I used gold enamel for the nail heads and painted a watered down shadow around each painted on nail head
I them stenciled a pattern and did a skinny border. After it dried a used a gold glaze on top of the stenciled area.
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.
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
Floor has dried and and bookcases and desk in place.

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

  • Carole
    Carole Australia
    on Apr 14, 2014

    What a lot of hard work but what a terrific result! Well done!

    • Dianna Wood
      Dianna Wood Burlington, NC
      on Apr 15, 2014

      @Carole Thanks Carole! Funny how we do things and think - I would never do that again and yet it will hold sweet memories for as long as we live in the house.

  • Me Myself & DIY
    Me Myself & DIY Philadelphia, PA
    on Apr 14, 2014

    WOW.

    • Dianna Wood
      Dianna Wood Burlington, NC
      on Apr 15, 2014

      @Me Myself & DIY Thanks for popping in and for your encouraging "Wow!

  • Dana M
    Dana M Hot Springs National Park, AR
    on Apr 14, 2014

    Wow! That's awesome! It looks so fantastic!

    • Dianna Wood
      Dianna Wood Burlington, NC
      on Apr 15, 2014

      @Dana M Hi Dana! Just found this great community! So sweet of you to let me know you were here and for your kind words of encouragement!

  • Lilli H
    Lilli H Fishers, IN
    on Apr 15, 2014

    Would you use the same polyurethane for a bathroom? I'm contemplating painting the subfloor there.

    • Dianna Wood
      Dianna Wood Burlington, NC
      on Apr 15, 2014

      @Lilli H Absolutely! With a bathroom - the key would be that any baseboards be well sealed and caulked around any areas where they might be exposed to water drips, like the tube enclosure.

  • GranArt
    GranArt Granbury, TX
    on Apr 16, 2014

    wow!!! a lot of work and beautiful....

    • Dianna Wood
      Dianna Wood Burlington, NC
      on Apr 16, 2014

      @GranArt How wonderful to find an fellow "etsian" here on Hometalk! Thanks for popping in!

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