If you’re looking to revive old wooden floors by giving it a lick of paint then you’ll need to make sure that you prepare your floor properly before you dive in with the paintbrush. There’s no denying that transforming a wooden floor can be quite a lengthy process but you’ll be rewarded with a smooth finish and a brand new look for your room.
Preparing your wooden floor
- Remove all furniture from the chosen room (this might be the hardest bit, especially trying to find somewhere to put all your furniture!)
- Knock in loose nails and fix any raised or damaged boards
- Fill any holes in the wood with filler and remove any excess
- Use a floor sanding machine –if you were to sand an attire wooden floor by hand this would turn into a very lengthy procedure indeed (and result in pretty sore hands too). A sanding machine will remove all existing coatings, start with a coarse grade and finish with a fine grade of paper no less than 120 grade
- Once the dust has settled use a vacuum cleaner
- Use white spirit all over the wooden floor to remove any oils and leave to dry
Painting your wooden floor
Now that you’re wooden floor is back in a good condition it’s nearly time to start painting.
- Firstly, seal any knots in the floor with a knot primer
- Cover skirting boards with masking tape
- Select which floor paint you’d like to use – there’s a wide selection of floor paints but it all depends on the kind of look you’re going for. If you’re painting your wooden floor white you might want to go for a satin or gloss finish (which is rumoured to make your ceilings look higher). The main thing you need to look for is that you buy Ronseal’s floor paint with a high protection level.
- Apply your paint –now’s time for the fun bit! Rather than painstakingly applying the paint by hand use a floor pad or a roller by pulling towards you in the direction of the wood grain.
- Leave to dry for the set time before applying any more relevant coats
A few top tips for decking
What if the wooden floor you want to transform isn’t indoors but outdoors? Wooden decking can see a lot of action during the summer months leaving them grey, scuffed and scratched.
Reviving a wooden deck is similar to an indoor wooden floor.
- Sweep the deck to remove moss and mould
- Use a decking restorer gel and leave for the set time before washing away the gel with water and scrubbing it lightly to reveal the brighter wood underneath.
- Once this is dry apply a decking stain from Ronseal to protect your newly revived deck against rain, snow and hot weather. Start in the furthest corner using a pad or brush to apply the stain down the length of the decking board.
- Leave to dry and stand back and admire your handiwork!