Painted Floor Ideas

Painted Floor Ideas

Creating a faux-stone effect

1 Paint on the glaze and then stipple the surface to break up the colour into flecks. Leave this coat to dry.

2 Brush on lighter and darker versions of the same colour in random patches, and then stipple them as before.

Varnishing, lacquering and waxing

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1 Apply the varnish generously with a brush, working along the length of a couple of boards at a time.

A This floor has been finished with a satin varnish. Not only can this more unusual varnish look more flattering than its high-gloss colleague, it also creates a less slippery surface, which is important in a room such as this where a large floor area is exposed, or for a house with young children learning to walk – and run.

2 When re-varnishing a floor, you must first clean the surface use wire wool, water and a sugar soap solution.

Most decorative floor treatments need additional protection against the battering of countless feet and becoming faded and grey. Sealing the floor with a clear varnish or lacquer will ensure that the floor will continue to look good, last, and remain easy to clean for many years.

Wax, the time-honoured way of protecting floors, builds up an organic layer which protects the floor, smells pleasant and has a rich, deep shine that is renewed every time the floor is re-waxed, providing protection indefinitely. Plain wood floors look particularly good when waxed, because the wax provides a warm mellow colour that appears entirely natural unlike the more plastic quality of modern lacquers.

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