Sunday, November 16, 2014

Carpet is Gone! Time To Paint Some Faux Hardwood Floors!



The holidays are coming.  Slowly, but surely, the holidays are basically upon us.  And so is the nagging little head that says hey!  We need new drapes, new carpet, new sofas, etc.  So I decided to tear up the carpeting.

Ok - carpet is gone.  NOW WHAT?  I want hardwood floors but I really cannot afford them.  I want those awesome, distressed hardwood floors that have been around for a hundred years!  Like the ones Paul Revere walked upon or were once in a local pub in Ireland.

Alas, my budget cannot afford any of the above so I decided to PAINT my version of these floors.  And I must admit, they didn't turn out too badly.


I swept the dust and dirt away, removed all staples and tack boards and wiped the underlayment wood down with a very damp cloth.  I used a scraper to remove any globs of paint or glue.  Then, I used a basic brown porch floor paint and rolled it on.  Then, I took a 6" wide piece of wood and used a thick black magic marker and drew lines to simulate planks.



Then, I took a small bowl and added basic black paint and added some water and a darker grey paint.  I swirled it all together - I didn't mix it together - I wanted the colors to stay separated.  Then I used a sponge craft brush and painted the paint onto the floor, let it dry for about 30 seconds.  Then I used a damp rag and gently wiped the floor to create the desired effect.  I left some darker patches and some lighter areas to create the worn, vintage tavern floors I so desired.



Once that dried, I added a coat of polyurethane gloss to make them shiny and complete!  I love the look and the price even more!  They make the room turn out exactly as I had hoped.



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  2. Ok, you and I need to be neighboors!! We would be able to pick each others brains. Love how this turned out!!

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    1. Ronda I bet that we would be dangerous together! ;-) Thank you!

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  3. Your wood floor is stunning, Tracy! I love the magic marker tip... That's ingenious!! It truly turned out beautifully! Hope you are enjoying it now! God bless & Merry Christmas, Net

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    1. Thank you Net! Merry Christmas to you and yours!

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  5. Wow, what an amazing, low cost way to make some really amazing flooring! If I didn't already have 100 year old hardwoods, I would so want to try this. You have been picked as this weeks feature on the Simple Saturdays Blog Hop. I am excited to see what you share this week!

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  6. The transformation is amazing--I can see why this was the feature this week! Good job--I bet you are so pleased.

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  7. Great job on painting your ply-wood floors to look like planks. I did something similar last year... I didn't have plywood...but a very old under-layment and no money to rent a belt sander. I did have glue and paper though! I created my wood floors with paper and stain and poly. It's been a year, I love it!
    I hope your floors are still holding up for you and are getting to continue enjoying them.

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