Saturday, May 25, 2013


Painted Sub Floors.

Yes, We painted our floors.  One weekend, we decided to rip up all of our carpet on the second story of our home.  We have been in the process over the past year of replacing all flooring with hardwood.  We just had finished the master bedroom.  I could not wait to start on the rest of the bedrooms.  Only problem, my budget was non-existent for the rest of the hardwood!  So, I decided to make it work for much less!  I painted the sub floors! 

Now, do not get me wrong, this was NOT a one day process, but in the end, I love the look!  So I thought I would share the process with  you.  I know, maybe painted floors are not for everyone, but I no longer wanted dusty carpeting.  We have done about a gazillion home improvement projects in our home over the years, and this carpet was showing wear and I love the clean feeling of natural floors! 

First Step:  ripping up all carpet, nail strips, staples etc.  Do you see that yucky dust everywhere on the floor?  That was under my carpet... My Dyson didn't reach under the padding!! So glad to no longer have that in the house!

So, after removing all tack strips, you start pulling out the 5 million staples from the floor, and then you sweep, and sweep again, and then you find another million staples you missed.  Keep going, your almost finished.  Be sure to have fun while working!

Here is where we tried to skip a few steps, but it didn't work out in the end, and we had to do it anyway, so take my advice and don't skip this part, for a more smooth finish.

 We tried just painting on the primer here without doing any sealing of cracks...

Those big gaps on the floor do not look so good.  Back to beginning:

We used a wood filler.

You just fill the cracks and scrape off the excess with a putty knife, be sure to really fill those gaps.

Looks like this:

Ok, another step you do not want to skip: Sanding!
We tried the little palm sander... Not enough power.

Time to get out the Belt Sander, now it is working much faster and smoother.
(We should show this using a mask and safety glasses!! oops) This creates a giant mess, I just went behind my husband with the vacuum cleaning up the mess as we made it.  You will still see dust settling for awhile, be sure to let settle and then clean all the surfaces again before you start to prime.

We used KILZ oil based primer, it was thick to paint with, just using rollers on the floor. This way the floors were sealed and only needed one coat before the painting.

I used an exterior porch paint to paint over the primed floor. The color is Slate Grey.

Next, after a few days of drying I decided add a fun element by stenciling a pattern.  I purchased this stencil at Hobby Lobby (using my coupon).

I used a foam roller and Chalk Paint.

(Tip:  Be sure to get off as much excess paint from the roller before you paint the stencil. I used a paper towel to roll over before I rolled the floor.)

I just randomly placed the stencil and love how it turned out!

I did not use a sealant over the top.  I am impatient like that, I was ready to move furniture in immediately.  We have a few chips, but mostly because I think we needed to let the porch paint cure a little longer.  The chippy floors go great with our Shabby Chic theme.

The finished product:

I am so glad we decided to do this.  The floors add such a cool element to the room and they feel so clean and fresh!  So, hardwood for $1000 or painted floors for less than $100? 
 I think this will work!

I painted my little boo's floors also, but not finished, I am thinking about adding a pattern using Chalkboard paint, so he can lay on the floor and draw!  Stay tuned, to see how it turns out.

Thanks for reading.  Have a great weekend!


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  1. That turned out really great! Yes under $100 does sound better than $1000 :)

    Heidi @ handmadefrenzy.blogspot.com

    1. Thanks Amber! I love to complete DIY projects for little money!! Thanks for reading! I hope you stop by again soon!

    2. OK Jeanne, you talked me into it!

  2. you are so dedicated to pull out all those staples. I can only imagine how many there were. we have budget constraints, too, which forces us to be creative. its kind of a fun challenge! Your budget friendly idea turned out amazing!

  3. Shirley said:
    I love this idea, I want to do this in my sewing/craft room. I don't want carpet because I am always dropping pins and can't find them till I step on them. I would like to pin this but I don't see how to do this. I am new to all of this. Thanks for sharing.

  4. Totally WOW!!! Great job!!!!

    Thanks so much for sharing this at The DIY Dreamer... From Dream To Reality last week! Looking forward to partying with you again tomorrow evening!

  5. LOVE how these turned out!! So gorgeous. Thanks for linking up at Romance on a dime!!

  6. Love it! We too are considering removing our carpeting...from the hallway and master bedroom (which do have hardwood underneath them) and our living room, which has just the subfloor. How are yours holding up? We've got dogs.. ;-)

    BTW, why anyone would want to put carpeting over hardwood is beyond me! Haha! But in our former home and here in our current home, both the previous owners did it. Different strokes ;-) We refinished the hardwood ourselves in our former home.

  7. Your story of ripping up the carpets is sooo what we just went through.so many staples.i love the pics and trial and error details.i was so gonna skip the filling and wondered about the kind of primer and paint.love the porch paint advice.i will be filling and priming my kids room next week.just wondering if you have sealed any floors after painting since your blog and your opinion on to seal or not too ...

    1. Hi, and thanks for the comment! Yes trial and error are my friends in my home remodeling process! I have not sealed any floors that I have painted. I do seem to notice now that the porch paint during the first couple weeks did chip a bit, which created a look i loved, but that is only because we moved furniture in immediately and did not have enough patience to let cure. But otherwise, in my youngest sons room I accidently used wall paint, not paying attention and it has held up Fabulous! I used a wood stain in my teens room, and think it could use a sealant, but have not attempted that yet! Good luck, please come back and share pictures of your floors!

  8. Thank you so much for posting your experience. Would you please give the details on using the wood stain... The products used and how? Please?!? I need to do this in three bedrooms this weekend!! I have no patience and will need to move furniture back in very very soon! Oh I'm also the worst procrastinator ever!! Thank you so much for all you share with us! Sally

  9. Thank you for sharing. I love the idea and it looks great. Now I have an excellent
    idea for replacing my 25-year old carpets. I'm currently painting the whole house (inside) and doing the floors would be really different. One question though, what about cleaning the floor? (I think the primer "sealed" the wood so a damp mop would be okay?) Kathy (I'm new and don't know anything about the profile box)

  10. Thank you for posting the step by step!! I wasn't planning to rip our carpet in a house I just purchassed and really needed to know how to use the floor as is. So, you have saved my day. Thanks again!