How do I paint hardwood floors white in a 100 year old house?

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  • Redcatcec Redcatcec on Oct 02, 2019

    Do you mean you want to paint your hardwoods? Do you want to repair/refinish your hardwoods?

    Could you explain your project more fully so you can get the help you need?

    • Shelby8425 Shelby8425 on Oct 02, 2019

      No. I’m trying to get old white paint flecks off if my restored hardwood floors. I do NOT want to paint my hardwood floors.

  • Lifestyles Homes Lifestyles Homes on Oct 02, 2019

    Remove white paint on hardwood?

    Paint hardwoods with white paint?

    Paint the walls white?

  • Emily Emily on Oct 02, 2019

    Our house dates from 1905 and we have painted most of the woodwork and some floors. Is it the floors you are concerned with? I painted maple Oak and pine floors in my house. I almost always use Benjamin Moore paint and that paint on my woodwork (all white downstairs) is ow 30

  • Emily Emily on Oct 02, 2019

    Well Shelby your question was then not clear. To remove white paint (or any color actually) from your floor use paint remover, or sand, or try scraping. Of course you will then have to refinish the floors to the extent you have scraped them.

  • Lifestyles Homes Lifestyles Homes on Oct 02, 2019

    To remove paint, many people swear by Citristrip - but they changed their formula and none of the veterans like it.

    I would look at gel strippers if you’re going to be doing things like baseboards in-place. Look for low-odor, if doing this in-place.

    Invest in 0000 steel wool, many putty knives & scrapers and of course, rubber gloves.

    There’s lots of YT videos on this- it’s quite messy and takes a lot of time- so I would do small sections at a time.

  • Redcatcec Redcatcec on Oct 02, 2019

    Hey Shelby,


    If you want to remove the white paint specks from your hardwood floors, what I would do is take a dull plastic edge-such as an old unused credit card and gently scrape them off. Another way would be to get a plastic scraper and go about it that way, then you would be target specific and do no damage. Yes, I know it sound pretty labor intensive, but that is the best solution I have short of stripping the floors. Best to you.

    • Shelby8425 Shelby8425 on Oct 02, 2019

      Thanks so much for the tip. This is pretty much what I had expected. Yes labor intensive for sure. But it’s what I have to do. Thanks again 😊

  • Kathy Gunter Law Kathy Gunter Law on Oct 02, 2019

    I am in process of painting mine (1880's home) and did a small area with floor paint. It has held up very well. I cleaned the floor then did 2 coats of paint.