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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/

  • 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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