Painting Floorboards - Perfectly Painted Floors in 9 Steps

October 23, 2019


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. 


3999
Painter and Decorators
near you
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
The Perfect Way to Paint With a Paint Sprayer + Paint Sprayers vs. Paint Rollers


Painting is a sure way to update or refresh the surfaces and objects around your home. If you have a painting project ahead of you, you also need to make a decision about how you are going to do it! Painting with a paint sprayer can be an extremely efficient approach to your home improvement project, so it’s worth considering for your needs. 

Of course, you don’t have to make up your mind on your own. Choosing the method for your painting needs to be done with care — especially if the idea of a paint sprayer is new to you! So read on for more information and our recommendations for your next project.

Short on time? Easily submit a free request and get bids from top local painters and get set to give your home a whole new look!


The Perfect Way to Paint With a Paint Sprayer



What is a Paint Sprayer?

A paint sprayer is a piece of equipment that applies paint in a spraying fashion thanks to air or pressure. With a reservoir that contains paint, the system propels paint through the unit and onto your surface easily. It allows you to paint much more quickly as the spray covers area faster and more evenly than when using a roller or brush. 



Paint sprayers are available in airless or air-powered models. Airless models use a pumping action that builds pressure to force paint out of the nozzle and onto your surface. Models that use air, use it to build pressure within the reservoir to push the paint into the nozzle.

 

...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
How to Whitewash Wood Floors (Your Step-by-Step Guide)


Wood flooring is often seen as a practical and durable flooring option. However, practicality doesn’t have to mean bland and boring. Updating your existing wood flooring is a cheap and effective way of transforming a room. If you are looking for a cool, modern flooring option, whitewash wood floors are a great choice. Over the past few years, the popularity of pale hardwood flooring has skyrocketed.

Whitewash wood flooring is evocative of stylish Scandinavian interior design, and you can recreate the look in your own home. Adding whitewash to old wood flooring will cover up any imperfections but it will also show off the natural grain of the wood. Best of all, it’s actually surprisingly easy to learn how to whitewash wood floors yourself!

As long as you dedicate your time and your patience, you will be able to ace this project. So, if you want to try out this fun D.I.Y. job, keep reading our guide for all the instructions.

Then for check out our guides on flooring installation costs and interior painting prices to help plan your budget!


Getting Started


Tools and Equipment You Will Need

This project is great because it does not require too many expensive specialist tools. Many of these products will already be lying around your house. You can also substitute the electric sander for sandpaper if you are on a tight budget. However, bear in mind that using sandpaper will mean that the job takes a lot longer! Only use sandpaper if you have a considerable amount of time and you are willing to put a lot of elbow grease into this project.


Here is everything you will need:

  • A power sander
  • A vacuum cleaner
  • Several high-quality, clean paintbrushes
  • Your choice of white or grey paint
  • Polyurethane
  • Masking tape
  • Clean water
  • Light bleach (if required)
  • Safety goggles
  • Dust mask


...read more

Why Bidvine is the best place to hire professionals

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.