$150 Wood Laminate Floor Rescue Into Hottest Look!
After 15 years, my solid wood laminate floors were scarred and worn -- looking milky along the board edges. Near the front door side lights and the deck sliding glass doors, the wood had bleached. I decided replacement was out of the question if I wanted to stay within budget for my kitchen make over. Instead of $5,000 for a new floor, I spent about $150 retail price, using about a quart of Chalk Paint® decorative paint by Annie Sloan and two liters of her Lacquer for floors over about 200 or so square feet!
No stripping, no priming necessary. I cleaned the floor which runs from my front entry, down a little corridor to the kitchen and eating area. I used a common degreaser, then hot soapy water using a common dish soap, then rinsed. Ready to paint! The first thin coat was a watered wash of Graphite. I used approximately half a quart....not much!
After the Graphite had cured well, I dry brushed randomly Coco throughout the floor space. I worked in my stocking feet to not tear up the thin coat of graphite. After the Coco had cured for several hours, I dry brushed French Linen into some of the areas that only had Graphite on them.
I allowed the paint to cure for a few hours, then applied a thinned coat of Annie Sloan Lacquer -- a floor varnish without a great deal of shine. Thin with water for first coat. Let it dry for a day before doing a second coat. Voila! Huge savings that will last for many years! For more photos and greater explanation, please visit my blog!
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