Painting Amazing Floor Patterns
Painting Floor Patterns
Painting the floors for your home simply means painting in a way that enhances the beauty and surface efficiency of the floors in your home. Durability, longevity and ease of cleaning are paramount. But when you add the exquisite affects of patterns it opens a whole other world!
Many people usually opt to paint floors or apply epoxy floor finishes by themselves and this article is specially created to guide them through the process of painting their floors for a beautiful effect with patterns that lasts.
Step One: Get All You Need
The first step to painting your floors is to get all the necessary tools on hand before commencing the task. It is no secret that the success of your painting project would depend majorly on the quality of the materials and the right tools. The tools we would use in this case are: 60-grit sandpaper, Zinsser primer, Porch-and-Patio floor paint, painter’s tape, tape measure, straight edge, small paint roller, paintbrush, and floor polyurethane.
Step Two: Sand and Prime
Depending on the condition of your floors, your prep might vary a bit. In my case, because the finish on my floors was worn but still present, you can use a hand sander and 60-grit sandpaper to remove the finish. This will give your paint a nice surface to adhere to.
Next, clean the floor with a round of vacuuming followed by effective mopping. Once the floor becomes completely dry and dust free, use a paint roller to apply two coats of Zinsser oil primer, making sure to follow the manufacturer’s instructions. Most primer comes white. Choose your background color now and tint your primer towards that color..
Step Three: Measure Your Pattern and Mark
Every pattern will be a little different. It is advisable to sketch out your pattern on a piece of paper so that you can reference it as you’re marking out your design. You can use a pencil and a straight edge to lay out your pattern. A foolproof way to start marking any pattern is to find and start from the center of your room. You can draw two diagonal lines that form an X over the center point. From there it is just a matter of drawing the diagonal lines, marking one about every foot.
Step Four: Tape and Paint
At this point, take a step back to make sure your pattern was penciled out the way you want it. With your final pattern marked out in pencil, you can carefully tape out the edges of your color blocks along the pencil lines, one at a time. Then you can move on to applying the paint, filling in each block with a one-inch brush.
If you use more than one color to create this pattern, you will find it easier to work your way through the design one color at a time, taping off and painting all the blocks that have the same color first. You can use a latex porch paint that hardens over time, but dries fairly quickly, so by the time you finish taping and painting one color you would be ready to remove the tape and move on to the next color.
Floor Painting Completed
Once your pattern is completed you’ll want to protect your design with a clear protective coating. This will deter scuffs and shoe marks and provide longevity. If you want your floor painting to last, this is an important factor.
Contact a painting contractor for more information and ideas.