How To Paint Wood Floors To Last

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As the nest emptied out I was able to take one of the kids rooms as my own to create a home office that I use for my blog business. My budget for this project was very small and just about everything was repurposed, including the tattered wood floors. Here is a basic tutorial of what we did and you'll find complete instructions on my blog, linked below.
Although it's a bit hard to tell, these parquet wood floors suffered damage in a previous flood. We never attempted refinishing them and hid them under an area rug once clean and dry.
I envisioned a clean white French modern style office, so we painted the floors and now a couple of years later they are holding up perfectly...even with several dogs who are in here most days while I work!
We cleaned the floors first after vacuuming with some hot water and TSP. Once dry we sanded the floors lightly. I talk more about that in the blog post.

We decided on a low luster porch and patio floor paint, that we rolled on with a foam roller and a long handled pole.
Once we let the paint dry we sealed it with several coats of sealer. I have the links for the products in my blog post and want to mention that when doing this type of painting indoors please ventilate with the windows open and wear a respirator if you are sensitive to fumes.
The final product is a beautiful and long lasting floor and it's holding up great! Since I do some photography for my blog in the room, the white floor is perfect for reflecting light!
As always your questions are welcomed.

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  • Paula Paula on Dec 22, 2018

    I did the same to parquet floors years ago. I guess we didn't do enough sealing (only three coats).It's wearing through everywhere. And the white paint shows literally everything. I will choose a darker color next time (if there is one!).

  • Harriette Harriette on Dec 23, 2018

    Beautiful transformation! Love the white floor.