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Remember my Otomi floor? It’s alive and well and I couldn’t be more happy with it. Today I thought I would share some tips with you for that day that you might brave painting your floor too!
What you will need:
Measurements for your space
Two colors of chalk paint (if you are stenciling) order the appropriate number of paint cans based on the square footage of the room
Lacquer (just splurge for the Annie Sloan brand): this goes quite far, but if you have to order it, it’s better to order more than not enough.
Roller covers (I used 3/8″ nap for smooth surfaces)
Paint tray liners
A broom handle for your roller…trust me you will want this
Multiple paint brushes…check out the Dollar Tree they often have decent quality brushes in the hardware department
Your number one thing before painting is to clean the floors, make sure there is NO grease, dust or dirt on the wood or concrete slab. I did not need to clean any grease on mine so I didn’t. Make sure to clean your floor with the appropriate cleaning solution. Apparently when our carpet was installed it was muddy outside as we found many patches of dried clay on the slab when we pulled up the carpet up.
Now that your floor is clean it’s time to paint. I prefer chalk paint as very little prep work is necessary for any surface.
If you’re going to stencil choose your two colors and make SURE you are positive about which color you want for your base because you will need more base paint than stencil paint and you don’t want loads of the precious paint to go unused!
Now this is how I did it and some of the things go against tradition…I am rebellious like that.
I gave my floors two coats of Old White from Annie Sloan and I only waited a few hours between coats.
Here is a tip and I’m not being funny, though all things considered you might think I am joking…DON’T PAINT YOURSELF INTO A CORNER.
It’s time for the amazing part: the stencil. I did not use a stencil adhesive, but you can…I didn’t feel as though it was necessary. I started with a brush and stippled French Linen over the stencil, but after about 18 hours of doing that and 8 panels later I decided a roller would be fine. And it was. 8-ish painting hours later I finished the other 24 panels.
Now it’s time to seal…while you’re waiting to seal the floor make SURE that no one walks on it with shoes…it’s going to be hard to get the shoe prints off!
The sealer should be left overnight to dry before recoating or walking on it, DO follow these instructions. The Annie Sloan Lacquer recommends using one coat in bedrooms, but I felt like it should have two. Like most lacquers or polyurethanes you should use multiple thin coats as opposed to fewer thick coats. The bottles of lacquer say they cover the equivalent of 32 square feet, but my bedroom is right at 212 square feet and I used just short of two bottles at two coats.
Once all of my lacquer was down I gave the floors a little over 24 hours to dry, before I put everything back in to place…I was a little impatient as I had to do half the room at a time while all the furniture was shoved to the other half of the room.
If you are able to take all the furniture out of your room, which I recommend if it’s possible the process will be MUCH faster and you can enjoy a customized floor sooner!
And that’s it! I’ve been told that the results are much more impressive in person than in pictures…actually my brother walked in and said “when did you get this carpet? OH WAIT! This isn’t carpet! What is this?” Needless to say he loved it.
I hope to do another chalk painted concrete floor later in the year…but it’s almost later in the year! EEK! And not to brag or anything, but Cutting Edge Stencils featured my floors on their blog! Do you have any floor projects planned?