Painting or re-painting your floors is an easy way to give life to an old floor or just brighten and reinvent it. This is also a perfect task for those creatives who just want to create or have more choices in the design/painting of their homes. However, this easy task can be a hassle, especially if you don’t know where or how to start. But don’t worry, we’ll share a couple of tips and tricks on how to paint a floor.
Prepping Your Floor
Yes, painting a floor takes a lot of preparation, but these preparations are the key to making your paint job a lot easier and hassle-free. Here are some things you need to do before painting your floor:
- Get the right paint – are you painting a concrete or a wooden floor? Make sure to get the right type of paint before you proceed to paint your floor.
- Check the Floor – for a concrete floor, make sure it doesn’t have moisture rising up. Moisture will make the paint not stick on the surface. A nice trick to check for moisture is by taping a piece of plastic on the floor and leaving it overnight, when morning comes, check the plastic if it has moisture.
- Clean the Floor – Scrub, scrub, scrub! Remove any dirt, sand, and debris. Also, if you have previously or just taken out a carpet from the floor, remove the adhesive thoroughly.
How To Paint a Floor the Right Way
Have you checked all the preparations? Here is how you can start painting your floor.
Prepare your materials
After preparing your floor, check if you have all the materials you need, like paint, paint rollers, a face mask, a plastic cover, tape, and more. Wear your protective clothing before starting with the paint.
Apply Etching Agent
This is an optional step but recommended, especially if you want your paint to last longer. Concrete that hasn’t been treated in any way after being poured can be too hard and smooth to accept paint or protective sealants. However, etching (or washing) concrete with acid opens the pores of the concrete and prepares the surface to accept its next treatment.
Pour out a small amount of paint on the floor and start painting using the paint roller. Use a brush for hard-to-reach areas. Once the paint has dried, add another coat if needed.
Seal The Paint
After you’re done painting the floor and it has dried, apply a top coat to seal the paint. This way, the paint will last and look fresh longer. Let it dry for 72 hours, and you are done. You can start putting your furniture back.
The best thing about painting your floor is that you have tons of choices, from colors to the design. All you need is creativity and patience. Do you have any questions about this project? Leave a comment below.