Painting Floorboards - Perfectly Painted Floors in 9 Steps

November 26, 2020


Over time, it's normal to see signs of wear on your floorboards but it's easy to refresh this natural wear with a new coat of paint. Painting floorboards is an easy, inexpensive way to drastically improve the look of wood floors in your home.

The daily traffic within your home can lead to scuffs and scrapes or, if you've just moved into an older home, your floors may not need some care to get them looking their best again. Pine boards or other softer woods can show nicks and scratches, requiring a different approach to making your floors look great. So whether it’s time for a change or a repair, paint can apply a fresh face. 

We’ve laid out a simple step by step guide to help you prep and paint your floor so you can enjoy it once again. Read on to learn how to take care of this home improvement.  

Short on time? Easily submit a free request and get bids from top local painters to get your flooring looking its best even when you're busy!


Painting Floorboards - Perfectly Painted Floors in 9 Steps


Perfectly Painted Floorboards in 9 Steps


Materials

Before you begin, we recommend gathering your materials. This way, you can handle each step without needing to pause and get the equipment you need. For a floorboard painting project, we recommend having the below items at the ready. 

  • Paintbrush
  • Roller with a long handle
  • Sandpaper, in rough to fine grit 
  • Paint
  • Painter’s tape
  • Paint tray 
  • Optional: fan to help the paint dry more easily and dissipate fumes

Bidvine Tip: Choose the right paint for the best results. Floor paint or enamel is generally oil-based, offering the durability needed for this well-used surface. If you have a high traffic area to paint, you may want to look for something that offers grip with added grit.


Painter and Decorator Price Guide

Thousands of people ask Bidvine for help with their projects every year. We track the estimates they get from local professionals, then we share those prices with you.
Price Range
£
££
£££
££££


Step 1: Prepare Your Surfaces

Since you’ll be working on the entire area of your floor, you need to make this a nice working area. Remove all of the furniture to give yourself room. Any area rugs should be removed. We also recommend taping off your skirting boards so you won’t mark them with paint as you work. 


Empty Room


Check that your working area is well-ventilated too. This can be achieved with a fan or by opening windows. You may wish to extend plastic sheeting over the doorways to restrict fumes from entering other areas of your home. 


Step 2: Repair Any Damage

Take some time to inspect your floorboards thoroughly for issues. Water damage or stains, rotten wood or loose boards can all be problems that need repair first. You may be able to simply sand out any scuffs and paint over top. 


Rotten Wood Floorboards


Any problems related to the condition of your wood need to be repaired. Loose boards should be refastened with nails or speciality screws and covered with wood filler to fix the problem. Rotten wood will need to be removed and replaced with a new board. Since you’re painting, you won’t have to worry about matching the grain perfectly, making this kind of repair simple.

 

Step 3: Take the Time to Prime

With repairs completed, it’s time to prime your floors. This layer will help to keep the previous colour from showing through and can help achieve an even final coat. 


Paintbrush on floor


It’s almost necessary to prime if you are going from a darker colour to something light, so make sure to leave time for it. Use a primer base that is recommended to go with your choice of flooring paint so it works well together.

 

Step 4: Lightly Sand

Allow your primer coat to dry thoroughly. Then, use a medium to fine-grit sandpaper on your floorboards. A rough surface makes it easier for the paint to adhere to previously-painted boards, making for a better base or primer coat. The aim is to make the floorboards rough to the touch, not remove the primer coat you have just laid down. 


Sand Paper


After sanding, vacuum any dust and wash your boards to remove any debris. This will allow your next coat of paint to stick to the floorboards without leaving any trace of the dust from sanding. 


Painter and Decorators near you
Thousands of people across the U.K. ask Bidvine for help with their projects every year. Tell us what you need so we can bring you the right local professionals for your project.


Step 5: Apply The First Coat 

Now, you can begin applying the first coat of paint. Cut into the corners with your paintbrush to cover it thoroughly, being sure that your brush marks do not remain and dry into the paint. 

Bidvine Tip: Keep your painting tray on a spot on the floor which is covered with a dust sheet. This will prevent any drips or splatters from the paint falling on the floor as you are painting. 


Roller Brush For Painting Floorboards


When choosing your brush for this step, a roller is a great option. You can even use the roller on an extended pole to make the application faster and easier on your back.  


Step 6: Smooth Paint

Again, you’ll want to go over your paint coat once dry with fine-grit sandpaper. Taking the time to sand ensures that each coat has the best chance to bond properly.


Sandpaper


 

Step 7: Apply Second Coat

Once dry, you can paint the second coat. It’s trickier to ensure you are painting evenly when applying the same colour, so be sure to check your work as you go.


Final Coat of Paint For Your Floorboards

 


Step 8: Seal It (Optional) 

If you are painting a floor in a high-traffic area like a hallway or entryway, you’ll want to do the extra step of sealing it. Adding a poly-urethane or urethane coat can take your floor from an upgraded look to one that lasts. 


Paintbrush


Step 9: Let It Rest

With the job finished, it’s time to allow your paint time to cure! More than just drying, this step allows your paint to fully harden so it won’t be as susceptible to scratches from average pressure. 

Oil-based paint or enamel may take up to 30 days to cure fully, so give yourself enough time for it to settle before reloading heavy furniture for the best results. 


Summary

With this guide, you're now all set to complete the perfect floor painting project! If you're short on time though, don't stress! If you're ready to transform your floorboards and give them a modern new look but too busy for a DIY we've got you covered. Get free costs for painting from top professionals in the UK and get ready to transform your home!


Looking for more information on the costs associated with interior painting? Check out our handy Interior Painting Price Guide and effectively plan your budget!



Featured Image Credit

 


Related Articles
Painting New Plaster - Everything You Need to Know
Painting new plaster is often a key step to transforming the walls and ceilings in your home. Creating smooth, freshly painted walls and ceilings is an easy and cost-effective way of giving your home a makeover. However, there is a lot of conflicting advice online on what the best methods and practices for painting new plaster are.

There are so many things that you need to consider before painting new plaster. Should you seal your fresh plaster with PVA? What type of paint should you use on new plaster? Should you treat skimmed plaster differently to a surface that has been fully plastered? In this article, we will answer all of those questions and more. We will take you through every aspect of plastering and painting so that you can confidently redecorate your home.

How Long Does It Take for the Plaster to Set?

The length of time it takes for the plaster to set will entirely depend on the type of plaster that you use. Below, we have a list of common types of plaster, what you can use them for, and how long you will have to wait for it to set. Once the plaster has set, you should still make sure that you wait for it to totally dry before attempting to paint it.


Type
Use
Setting Time
BrowningBasecoat for walls, brickwork, blockwork, breeze block, plasterboard 2 hours
BondingBasecoat for walls, brickwork, blockwork, breeze block2 hours
Multi-FinishTopcoat for browning and bonding1-1.5 hours
Board FinishTopcoat for plasterboard1-1.5 hours
One CoatSmall DIY jobs2-2.5 hours

How Long Should You Wait Before Painting New Plaster?

One of the most common questions that arise about plastering and painting is how long you have to wait before painting new plaster. Above all, recently plastered walls should be left to dry thoroughly before any painting begins. The time you should wait before painting new plaster depends on several factors. Firstly, have you used plasterboard, or backing plaster?

Plasterboard takes on average 2-3 days to dry when plastered, whereas backing plaster takes 4-6 days.

No matter what material you have used, it is advisable to wait at least a week before painting new plaster. Sometimes it may even take up to a month for the fresh plaster to be completely dry. You should ensure that there are no dark patches on your freshly plastered surface before you attempt to paint it. Uniform light colour is a key sign that your plaster has dried thoroughly. We have included images below of to show you what the drying process looks like so that you will know what to look out for. Even if your plaster is only showing a couple of small, dark patches, you should only start painting when they disappear.

But… Isn’t a Week a Long Time to Wait?

A week may seem like a long time to wait, and it’s understandable that you may get frustrated with the delay. But, if you want to achieve the perfect finish, the wait time will be worth it. The time fresh plaster takes to completely dry will differ in every case. Factors such as the time of year, central heating, and how many layers of plaster there are will affect the time that it takes.

You should make sure that the room that has been plastered is well ventilated. Opening windows and doors to let natural ventilation flow through the room will gently dry your new plaster. This will also help you to avoid the risks associated with rapidly drying new plaster, such as cracking.


Wet-Plaster-1-1



Dry-Plaster-1

...read more
10 Inspiring Hallway Paint Ideas That Will Elevate Your Home


The first area anyone sees when they enter your home is the hallway, so it’s important to get your hallway paint colour right. It sets the tone for your decorating style! It also gives people an impression of your home as a whole. 

The right decisions can make your home seem welcoming, fresh, and trendy. A coat of paint is a cost-effective and simple way to update your look. Plus, a good hallway design complements the rest of your home. 

We’ve collected 10 of the most inspiring hallway paint ideas to help you get started with your transformation. So read on to find the idea that sounds great for your space!

Already have an idea in mind for your interior painting project? Get free painting costs from a top interior painter and start planning out your project today!

 

10 Inspiring Hallway Paint Ideas


10 Inspiring Hallway Paint Ideas


1. Make It Inviting

With the right paint colour, your hallway can be the perfect welcome to you after a long day. Indulge in a colour for all seasons so this space will be inviting throughout the year. A pale or buttery yellow can be just the thing to see when you walk in the door.


Yellow Hallway Paint


Pastel shades of yellow can also brighten any hallway, creating a more spacious look by allowing natural light to reflect easily off of the walls.

 

2. Bright and Bold

If you love a bold look then, you may want your hallway to reflect your warm and inviting personality. Choosing a bright shade of red, green, or blue is the perfect way to add a bright modern burst of colour to your hall.


Bold Paint Colours


Energetic and fun these colours will make anyone happy to come over for a visit. It also creates a fun statement an adds a bold stylish look to your home.


...read more
Removing Paint From Plaster in 7 Simple Steps


Are you updating one or more of the rooms in your home? Is it time for a new coat of paint? It’s always exciting to pick a new colour for your room, but it’s vital to prep your walls before you start to paint so that everything looks superb! 

If your current paint is in good condition, and it is lighter than the colour you want to paint your walls, you might be lucky and be able to paint over the existing paint. Check the walls for chips, cracks, or bubbles to decide whether you do need to remove the paint from the plaster. 

More often than not, the existing paint will need stripping from the walls, either because it is in poor condition, or it is too dark to paint over. This blog post is the ultimate guide for removing the existing paint from the plaster on your walls.

 

...read more

Why Bidvine is the best place to hire experts

Answer a few questions and we match you to the right pros.

Get custom bids from pros who match your needs.

Compare bids, send messages and hire the right pro for you.