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


Two Months in the making.Hand painted plywood sub-flooring.
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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

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7 questions
  • Nitekitty
    on Nov 26, 2015

    Looks beautiful! Is that just the poly on the wood or did you stain that?

    • Dianna Wood
      on Nov 26, 2015

      @Nitekitty Just the poly on the wood. But keep in mind this is 1964 plywood. They don' make it like this anymore. We were very fortunate that this was such high quality wood with great grain.

    • Kathryn Botard
      on Jan 28, 2016

      @Dianna Wood No more old wood, you are very creative and talented. That is a fantastic looking floor.

    • Sandy Hartnett
      on Jul 19, 2016

      Wow! I'm dumbstruck! You created a masterpiece! I'm in awe...hugs

  • Robert
    on Jan 31, 2016

    Beautiful; but, how do you keep dust and debris from settling into the poly urethane coat?

    • Dianna Wood
      on Feb 1, 2016

      @Robert Hi Robert. I "Swiffer" once a day so the dust and debris don;t have a chance to get ground into the finish. After a year and a half. Still looks terrific! We don't have kids, either. lol

    • Stacy Grover
      on Oct 2, 2016

      During the project, how did you keep dust and debris while poly was wet??

  • Denspen
    on Jul 6, 2016

    My 1964 mobile home single wide. I'm desperately trying to consildate space so I can have more room for books. Did you cover over any windows in the front room to get more wall space?

    • Tru1268994
      on Jul 12, 2016

      Absolutely. We sealed a large window with plexiglass and paneled over it, prior to installing the floor to ceiling bookcases.

    • Denspen
      on Jul 14, 2016

      great , thank-you

    • Martha Simmons
      on Jul 19, 2016

      Make sure you are in accordance with fire safety rules and ordinances when you cover over a window. It could prove to be a fatal mistake if there would be a fire.

    • Denspen
      on Jul 20, 2016

      Fire safety rules????? Appreciate the thought but I live in the mountains . I'm surrounded by more trees than homes. My mobile home would go up faster than I could light a stick match.

    • Clergylady
      on Jul 10, 2017

      Lol. I understand the quick destruction by fire. Saw one burn years ago. I'm working on a 1970 doublewide. I plan to paint the den and kitchen floors. I have beautiful wood flooring, used, to put down and self stick tile for one of the bathrooms. I love the wood look you enhanced with paint. It really sets off the border pattern. I'm going a little easier on this great grandma. Almost black paint and a stenciled pattern in cream and some sparkle powder. I'll paint the floor them stencil and quickly add sparkle then clean and reposition the 6 matching stencils I purchased. I'm 70 and rehabbing my old 47 year old double wide that's been neglected and vandalized. We are tearing out the original orange carpets. I have two floors with Water damage to repair before covering and painting all the floors. Most of the rooms are still original particle board floors. All rooms have old wood paneling. I'm painting all walls. The entire ceiling is being covered with 2'x4' ceiling tiles.

      Tons of work but it's coming out beautiful. Structural changes are patio sliding doors being changed to double French doors in the den to backyard and patio doors in master bedroom changing to a single door and a window in the wall where the patio doors are being removed. Nice to see what you are accomplishing.




  • RichandTammy Whiteside
    on Jul 18, 2016

    I LOVE this idea! God bless you for your creativity and your patience. Being about the same age as you I had to laugh at the squats comment; been there done that too many times. Perhaps I am misunderstanding what a sub-floor is but is it safe to have just a sub-floor?

    • Dianna Wood
      on Jul 21, 2016

      The sub floor on any raised foundation is simply the plywood that carpet or other flooring would be laid on top of. So yes, safety is no issue. In fact, if you have a raised foundation as opposed to a cement foundation, and you pull up the carpet and padding, you will be looking at the sub flooring. Pull that carpet and padding out - (full of dust mites and all kinds of other gross stuff) and go to it!. You may need to remove and re-install the baseboards- but it is well worth it to reduce allergens and other gross stuff that accumulates in carpet and padding.

  • Birdz of a Feather
    on Apr 27, 2017

    Wow, incredible. How in the world did you plan and mask that all without a stencil?
    • Dianna Wood
      on May 1, 2017

      I guess I am a mix between right brain and left brain. I loved figuring out all the angles and lengths of tape I would need and then following that pattern. It actually turned out better than I had originally visualized. Great fun!
    • Willette Buckelew Bagwell
      on May 2, 2017

      You did an amazing overhaul. I'm inspired by the creativity in your vision of a beautiful makeover. We should all be so talented...

      Thank you for sharing.
      Willette Bagwell
      Alabama

    • Dianna Wood
      on Jan 14, 2018

      Thanks so much Willette!

    • Michelle
      on Sep 5, 2018

      This absolutely beautiful.

  • Sharon Porter
    on Apr 16, 2018

    I I love this, it is fantastic. Do you have any suggestions for painting a vinyl tile floor?

  • Sharon Porter
    on Apr 16, 2018

    I I love this, it is fantastic. Do you have any suggestions for painting a vinyl tile floor?

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  • Ginger the farm gal
    on Jul 25, 2018

    You would be dangerous at 20yrs old knowing what you know now...you rock girl. They don't make em' like that any more, glad you had the vision for that beautiful floor, after all the work it took to get there. Makes me tired just looking at your project, but well worth it, I am sure that if and when you move that floor will sell the house.

  • Smi40503202
    on May 20, 2019

    What a great job. I was looking at the nail heads and thinking, gosh she needs to countersink her nail heads before she hurts her feet! Lol!

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