Sunday, 27 April 2014

How to: Paint waxed floorboards

 ...paint waxed floorboards



 We are steaming ahead with our bedroom makeover! This week we have made a start on panelling the wall behind our bed, and I have painted the wooden floorboards white!
We were uhm-ing and arh-ing on wether to go ahead with this, as the floorboards were previously waxed, but in the end I desided I could no longer live with the orangy finish, so I folded up my sleeves and went to work....


I am not going to lie to you....this was a lot of hard work....but totally worth it in the end!!
When a wooden floor has been waxed, it is essential to remove the layer of wax before painting, as wax is a release agent, and nothing will stick to it!!
So unless you want peeling paint, don't be tempted to skip the first step: Sanding!!


Safety first: When sanding, please remember to wear a dust mask!!


If you have a large room , it may be worth hiring an upright sander, but , as our bedroom is relatively small, I used my palm sander wit some coarse (P40) sandpaper...
As you go, you will see where the wax is....basically you want to sand back any of the shiny surface...
 It actually didn't take as long as I expected, and after 2 1/2 hours on my hands and knees, and a the humming noise from the palm sander ringing in my ears, I was satisfied that the floor was no longer shiny!!

 

I swept away most of the dust, then gave the floor a thorough hovering... 


Then I cleaned the floor with some soapy water...(Use a cleaner with degreasing purposes)


When the floor was dry again, I got back on my hands and knees and scored the floor clean with some white spirit! This will remove any remaining grease and wax residue!!
NB! Please wear rubber gloves when doing this....White spirit is NOT good for your skin!!
Your floor will feel slippery when you do this, but as the white spirit evaporates, the wood will have a matt and slightly rough finish, perfect for painting!!


First you need to use a good wood primer to seal the now "raw" wood...


Start by cutting in the edges of the room...


Then use a roller (invest in an extended handle....your back will thank you at this point!!) and paint in the floor...working your way from the furthest corner of the room towards the door (You really don't want to paint yourself in the room...that would be silly!!! Doh!)


Leave the primer to dry according to the instructions on the tin...


Next up, choose a purpose quality floor paint, and repeat the above!!


Cutting in the edges of the room first, then rolling on the paint in the middle of the floor...


Again, follow the instructions on the tin, leave to dry, then repeat if necessary.
I did two coats!!


From start to finish, It took me about 2 1/2 days to paint our yellowing waxed wooden floor boards....
...most of that time was waiting for the paint to dry!! 


I love how my "new" white floorboards turned out! They are not perfect, as the grain of the wood and the "damage" to the old floor boards show through the white paint, but I love that!! (If you want a "perfect" floor, you will be better off with laminate) And I just love how the white floor has changed both the light and the feel of our bedroom!!

If you have been uhm-ing and arh-ing about painting your wooden floor, go with your heart!!
A lot of people will tell you it's sacrilege to paint wooden floor, but YOU are the one living in your home, and the decision is yours....just make sure you do it properly!!

xxx
June


8 comments:

Flora said...

Fantastic job June, you are a total professional. I love the attention to detail you give every job, not just the fun creative ones but also the more tedious "roll up your sleeves" ones. It looks absolutely brilliant and all the better for having a bit more 'character" to the floorboards :)

june olsen said...

Thanks Flo!Like they say: the devil is in the detail...LOL! I fell in love with white painted floorboards when we were house-hunting....and now I finally got my own....Yay!! Love how yours turned out as well...your place looks great!! xxxx

Ashley @ The Honest Room said...

So much work but it looks amazing! I can't wait to see what it looks like with the furniture in the room. Beautiful.

june olsen said...

Thanks Ashley! Just waiting for our built in wardrobes now, before the big reveal!

Alli Smith said...

I never knew how to paint a wooden floor, but now I do! Yours turned out beautiful and makes the room so light and airy! Thanks for sharing at our Pretty Pintastic Party!

june olsen said...

Thanks Alli! I love the light in there now ...the white floor has made such a difference!

anne charriere vintage said...

Now I have been deep into your hard painting job! I just love it!!
I have taken my decision and will do it shortly.

Thanks again for sharing this; it helps a lot...

Anne.

june olsen said...

Glad I can be of help Anne! Good luck with your floors!! :)

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