Painting a Wood Floor.

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I live in a 114 year old house that needed a lot of work. These are before and after photos of my living room floor.
Floor Before
This is the floor of my 114 yr. old house.   This is how the floor looks in the living room and the parlor.  I was told by several people that these floors were soft pine but needed to be sanded, stained and poly over them.  I am too old and disabled to do that and can't afford for someone else to do it.   I also ruled out wall to wall carpet because it is expensive, I have a dog who has accidents sometimes and because I don't think carpet is very clean. The floors had already been painted a dark brown so I decided to paint them and add an area rug.  
Wood Joints Before.
At some of the corners and joints of the floor, the wood was actually falling off.  My husband fixed them with a few pieces of new wood.  When he was finished, I cleaned the floor with Bona wood floor cleaner.
I did sand, stain and poly all the woodwork
I painted the living room floor with a high bonding, thick primer to cover the nicks and scratches, then let it dry for over 24hours.  When that was dry,  I painted the floor a medium gray color.  I then decided to stencil around the outside.  ("somebody stop me!)  I sat on a step stool and measured each stencil but it was still backbreaking work.  Painters tape came in handy for marking where I wanted the stencils to go. I ask my husband that the next time I talked about stenciling a floor if he would take my temperature to see if I was sick. 
This is what the stencil looked like.
These are the stencils I  used (four of them) and decided to do them in black.  My living room is black and red.  I added a thick coat of clear poly to the floor when I was finished stenciling.
Size of the stencils.
After the stencils dried, I laid down a beautiful,  new area rug.
New area rug.
You can see the stencils between the rug and the baseboard. 
Finished, with  furniture back in place.  The photo really doesn't do it justice.  The black stencil around the edge really makes the colors in the rug come out.  Thanks for looking!

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  • Janet chambers Janet chambers on Nov 11, 2017
    Thank you so much!

  • Sea Sea on Dec 16, 2020

    Nice! Lots of work!

    Just a comment - the trim on baseboard and corners, and what I can see of your windows - I feel like I am looking at my own downstairs, falling off pieces and everything. Is your house a two story? Are the ceilings 9 feet? Ours are and the upstairs rooms are only 7 feet.

    Again - nice work!

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