by laura janning

How to be bold enough to Paint a Floor!

May 14, 2012

One of the more daring DIY projects that I ever took on was replacing the floor in our Guest Cottage. More specifically, painting the floor in our Guest Cottage. It's was a bold move that required a back up plan or a new rug at a minimum, but when all was said and done- neither was needed....thankfully.

The entire cottage went through some renovations - which I will share in a later post, but this is a before with the carpet and tile

And this is the after.

I think the hardest part of this project was deciding on the color that I wanted the floor to be. Because it is a space that has windows only at the front and the back, I needed to bring in colors that would help to lighten the area.   After ripping up the carpet and tile, the entire sub floor surface was cleaned.

I then painted a few squares on the floor to see if I would like what I picked out, after all, this was not a job that I saw  myself doing again anytime real soon.

Once that was out of the way, I got to work by applying two coats of the beige color to the entire floor. I used Behr Porch and Patio paint due to its durability.

 After that dried, I used a 2x2 piece of drywall as my template to draw my squares on the floor. The squares were painted with two coats of the off-white color.

I then went back to make any corrections and touch-ups before applying my finish coats ( I did 2) of Miniwax Polycrylic in Clear Semi-Gloss. I let this dry for several days before moving the furniture back into the room.

I like bold daring moves!  
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  1. wow!! definitely different...looks great, gives the whole house a light airy feel. great job!! Thanks for the inspiration!!

  2. Amazing! Totally transformed the entire space! Love it!

    Take care,


  3. AnonymousMay 14, 2012

    We actually did this 10 yrs ago in our river cottage. It looked great and we still get compliments BUT we used the wrong poly that turned it all a yellowish color. Could you post what poly you use? I love you choice of color and the squares.

  4. Oh I so want to be this bold! I would love to do this in my living room!! Yes, please post what poly you used as I would hate for mine to turn out yellow later. Your's turned out so beautiful!

  5. Love it! You are so brave ;)

  6. Love it! You are so brave ;)

  7. Terrific! Looking forward to see the rest of the guest cottage.


  8. Love this! I just found your blog and I adore it! I too love design, DIY, and projects of that sort. I am adding it to my blog roll immediately. :)



  9. Love the painted floor! This looks great. Wonderful, classic color and pattern. What a super duo =)

  10. This looks great Laura! We painted the concrete floor in our sunroom (after ripping up the nasty carpet) a few years ago. We went with a concrete stain in gray, but I wish I'd been brave enough to do a checkboard pattern like yours. Bravo!!

  11. Looks awesome! Thanks for sharing. I am visiting from Between Naps on the Porch and your newest follower. Looking forward to seeing more.

  12. Love this look! I did it in my last house, and it lasted forever.

  13. I love painted floors! The neutral colors you used will be so fun to decorate with. You room has so much character and I'm looking forward to seeing the rest! How lucky to have a cute guest cottage like this!!


  14. That looks so good and makes my old back and knees hurt just thinking about it.

  15. Love the colors you chose...and the checkered pattern is great too.

  16. Is your family loving that or what!? I love it! I put a vinyl b&w tile down in our first little house. It was the best thing. I loved it. The look a checkered floor gives off is so classic and goes with any decor. Great job...can you come do my office pretty please!? lol...newest follower! Hope you can visit me and follow back. :)

    ~ Julie

  17. Oh my gosh, I am in AWE of this floor! What a brilliant unique solution to that pesky flooring problem! Do you love it or what? :)
    xo Heidi

  18. Love love love this, thanks for linking up.

  19. I'm your newest follower! Love the floor. This is just the design I want for my screened porch floor to freshen it up for summer!


  20. Laura,

    I had faith in you from the beginning that no repainting or rugs would be needed!

    Turned out fabulous ...



  21. This is so nice!! what do you say about following each other?;)


  22. It looks great! I love what you did and I can't wait to see the rest of the cottage.

  23. eagerly waiting too for the poly you used and how do you recommend cleaning the subfloor? thanks

  24. It looks wonderful. Your hard work shows! I look forward to more posts. I'm your newest linky follower! xo

  25. Laura, thanks for linking to Your Cozy Home Party with this bold idea. Maybe you have given fence sitters the courage to jump in and do it, too. The floor looks great but I don't think I have the patience for a job like that. I also like the colors you used.------------ Shannon

  26. I'm really impressed by the squares, they look great, you have such good craft skills:)


  27. Turned out great! I painted our laundry room floor, and it's held up well so far! I have a feeling painted floors are going to be the next big thing ;)

  28. This is an awesome project that you did an awesome job on. Way to go, girl.

    I am new here, over from French Country and I just signed up to follow...both places. :)
    Come see me so we can follow ea other. :)
    xo bj

  29. It looks great! Beautiful transformation. Visiting from Tatertots and Jello.

    Mary @ athomeonthebay.com

  30. What a stunning tansformation, thanks for sharing! I am your newest follower.

  31. I love it! I showed my hubby last night and I am going to give this a try.

  32. Looks nice! And such a nice alternative to carpet or hardwood. Thanks for sharing!

    Visiting from DIY Showoff

  33. I am excited to look the other designs.

    Vinyl flooring perth

  34. This is a great blog, usually i don't post comments on blogs but I would like to say that this post really forced me to do so!....:)
    concrete coatings

  35. Hi, I'm in the process of painting my floors. I am struggling with the prepping. What did you use to clean the the adhesive from the cement. Did you get a machine or use a product?

  36. Love it! Very interesting topics, I hope the incoming comments and suggestion are equally positive. Thank you for sharing this information that is actually helpful.



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