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My floor is not perfect and neither am I

It is zero here today. So that’s fun….kids off from school after a two week Christmas break….it is kind of nice to get one alarm free morning though. Hope you are staying warm and cozy wherever you are:) Today I am sharing a few more tips about our painted hardwood….

A little update…on the floor. Just to keep things transparent and real here on the ole blog. I will begin by saying….I love my painted floor. I would paint it again…and twice on Tuesday. I love the feeling it brings to my kitchen and foyer. But I wanted to share with you….a little update…in case you want to tackle this project too.

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As the title states, my floor is not perfect. But for me to love my floor…and everything in my house for that matter…it doesn’t have to be perfect. Actually…I tend to like things more when they aren’t perfect.

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Some folks would see these scratches on the floor and start huffing and puffing about how to fix them….but for me…when I see these scratches on the floor…I think of my sweet Putter dog laying there. It is his house too…and just because there are a few nicks and scratches on my floor doesn’t make it any less beautiful. I realize it might not be for everyone…I realize that all might not see the “beauty” in my floor now that it has a few “imperfections”…but that is ok with me. It’s not their house. It’s our house.

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If you recall…I only did two coats of paint….I would say that three coats may be a better choice if you wood floors are originally a darker color like mine were.

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There aren’t a whole lot of scratches….but I wanted to be sure you knew what you were getting into if you chose to paint your floors too. And I want to say again…I would paint them again…we all love them and the feel that they give to the whole first floor. I found the rug on RugsUSA…

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Check out the facebook page today….a reader shared her painted hardwood on there….amazing transformation!

Here is the entire series if you want to see the before and afters….

Have a great Monday friends!

Tracie Stoll is a wife, mom and has a passion for creating new things. On her blog Cleverlyinspired.com she is constantly sharing ways to inspire her readers to be clever in their own home. Since 2010 Tracie has been sharing DIY projects, crafting, remodeling and decorating along with some easy tasty recipes…all on a mindful budget. She is a graduate of the University of Dayton where she studied visual art and communications. Tracie has been featured on popular sites such as Country Living, CNN living, Good Housekeeping, Better Homes and Gardens, Huffington Post, Apartment Therapy, Seventeen and Design Sponge. She is also a member of the True Value Blog Squad & Martha’s Circle of trusted bloggers.

How to paint prefinished hardwood floors: REVEAL

Hi all! Made it to Friday! I hope you have enjoyed this series about painting hardwood flooring. We have lived with these floors for a couple of weeks now…and everyday we love them more. I have on order a rug to use in the coffee bar area…but I wanted to show you the big reveal this week…since it is floor week and all….:)

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You have been through the prepping, the painting…and now the big reveal! Here are my fabulous newly painted hardwood floors…and a breakdown on what my cost where…

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To refresh your memory….The color of the floor is Ben Moore Halo (colormatched at Porter Paint Breakthrough product). I talked in depth about how I created this floor on the previous 2 post so be sure you look back and see them if you are just catching this series.

Can you even get over this before and after???….holy cow….

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This area by our backdoor was really worn out. It is so fresh and clean now….it feels like a new kitchen…

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The hallway fills with light bouncing everywhere….I have a new area rug coming soon for the coffee bar space.

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So….what did this project cost me? Well, it took 18 hours—start to finish…includes prep, paint, clean, drying time, all of it. My materials came in right at $106 (2 new brushes and paint, contractor paper). That’s right….$106 for a brand new floor. BABAM!!! Almost as good as my stair project….

We are so incredibly thrilled with this floor. We took a worn out prefinished hardwood floor and made it new again. This paint is nothing short of amazing. We have lived on it…tried to nick it…nothing…it is a mirror finish. Gorgeous!!how to paint prefinished hardwood floors reveal @cleverlyinspired (4)

 

I would encourage you to watch the YouTube…and take a look at the previous post to learn more about this project. If you have an questions…please come over and chat on FaceBook, Twitter or email me:)

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Here are the other 2 post about this project…..

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What do you think?? If you like…. I hope you share on your favorite social channels;)

Just for the fun of it…..here is the real kitchen before and after….

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Update to this post Oct. 14, 2013

We are still in love with these floors….however there are a few things you need to consider….I would recommend doing 3 coats. We have seen some wear in high “dog” traffic areas. I will most likely be doing a third coat this winter at some point. Another consideration…the color we chose is very light…so it shows a bunch. We don’t mind that really…and the steamer works great for clean up …but if you have more messes on an everyday basis…you may want to consider a color that is a bit darker. Good luck!

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Tracie Stoll is a wife, mom and has a passion for creating new things. On her blog Cleverlyinspired.com she is constantly sharing ways to inspire her readers to be clever in their own home. Since 2010 Tracie has been sharing DIY projects, crafting, remodeling and decorating along with some easy tasty recipes…all on a mindful budget. She is a graduate of the University of Dayton where she studied visual art and communications. Tracie has been featured on popular sites such as Country Living, CNN living, Good Housekeeping, Better Homes and Gardens, Huffington Post, Apartment Therapy, Seventeen and Design Sponge. She is also a member of the True Value Blog Squad & Martha’s Circle of trusted bloggers.

Painting a Prefinished Hardwood Floor: Part 2 (video)

Now that your hardwood is cleaned and taped off…you are ready to get painting. I made a video of the entire process. I would encourage you to watch the whole thing before you begin. There are a bunch of tips and tricks that will make this project really easy for you.

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Here are the materials that you will need for this project:

High quality 3 inch and I inch brush (I love purdy brand…they are expensive but worth it)

One gallon of Porter Paint (also called PPG paints)  Breakthrough in Gloss finish (they will color match for you)

5 inch trim roller set with disposable tray

ziploc bags gallon size

saran wrap

paint stirrer

damp cloth

This paint is really unique. Breakthrough by Porter/PPG paints is the only paint I would recommend for this project. It has properties that make it perfect for use on a floor. It dries EXTREMELY fast, it is very thin, it can be drippy (just keep in mind around trim), it is water based (so easy cleanup), did I mention it dries VERY fast. My first coat was able to be walked on in about 20 minutes…no joke…zero tackiness. I have never seen a paint behave this way. So pay the $70 and get yourself one gallon (which covered my foyer, hallway, powder room and kitchen…2 coats) . Worth. Every. Penny. I had about 2 Cups of paint left over…amazing.painting a prefinished floor @cleverlyinspired (6)

As I said the other day….work in small sections. I started in the foyer in a 4 by 6 area….completing a section before moving on to the next…painting prefinished hardwood floor 3

You will want to roll on your first coat. It should not cover and you will see floor showing through…you want that. The first coat goes on much like a primer. Do not leave a wet edge….feather out the edges within 2 minutes of rolling it. I brushed on my quarter round first with a 1 inch brush…then rolled up to meet the quarter round. Work in a 18 inch square area…feathering out as you go. (like I said….the video will make more sense!) painting a prefinished floor @cleverlyinspired (7)

 

Allow first coat to dry 2 hours. Now use your 3 inch brush to put on your 2nd coat. Working in small 18 inch square areas…feathering the paint out immediately. This is not a paint that you can go back to 5 minutes and catch a run or a drip….you must even it out right away or your paint will start to pick up on you.

The final coat should dry 24 hours before it gets back to full use. We walked on ours with socks only after about 2 hours…no problems. That is what makes this paint awesome—-little downtime…if any. After 24hours…I laid down contractors paper for about 3 days…just to give the paint more hardening time.

A note about pets: We have a golden retriever. He is not a fan of my projects. I sent him to get a bath on the first day I painted. I did this for two reasons….I wanted his nails trimmed as low as possible..and I didn’t want him to be coming in/out/around where I was painting so I could “get my barring’s” with this paint. I tried to have him stay off the areas that were just painted for at least 24 hours. After that I had him staying on the contractor paper….we have not seen any issues at all with his nails on this hardwood. This paint hardens like an enamel….seriously amazing. We have walked on it with loafers and heels and have not seen any marks. We kept the contractor paper down for 4 full days (really it is best to let paint truly harden for 14days..)so I would say that covering the surface for a week is a great idea.

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Friday I am going to talk about finishing up this project…in the meantime watch the video and I can answer any questions you may have:)

Tracie Stoll is a wife, mom and has a passion for creating new things. On her blog Cleverlyinspired.com she is constantly sharing ways to inspire her readers to be clever in their own home. Since 2010 Tracie has been sharing DIY projects, crafting, remodeling and decorating along with some easy tasty recipes…all on a mindful budget. She is a graduate of the University of Dayton where she studied visual art and communications. Tracie has been featured on popular sites such as Country Living, CNN living, Good Housekeeping, Better Homes and Gardens, Huffington Post, Apartment Therapy, Seventeen and Design Sponge. She is also a member of the True Value Blog Squad & Martha’s Circle of trusted bloggers.

Painting a Prefinished Hardwood Floor: Part One

So I briefly told you on Friday that I was toying with the idea of painting our prefinished hardwood floor. Let me bring you up to speed….I painted our floor. I LOVE it (understatement of the century….) And as my mom said to me…”I would buy this floor it is so pretty!” Thanks mom;) Anywho, these next few weeks I am going to walk you through what I did…and some tips that will help you along the way if you want to paint your floors. Here goes…

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As with any painting project….your finished product will only be as good as your prep work. The prep work should take you almost as long as painting. So when I set out to paint the floors in the foyer, hallway and kitchen…I had to break it down into small little bites at a time….here is what I am talking about….painting a prefinished hardwood floor @cleverlyinspired (3)cv

I decided it would be best to start in the foyer. It is the most underused area…and I knew I would have an easy time keeping our dog off the floor in the smaller space. You will want to think about what corner would be easiest to start with based on the traffic flow in your house. My thinking also was based on the fact that if we completely hated the painted floor…this would be the least conspicuous to replace. (even though I KNEW that wasn’t gonna happen;)painting a prefinished hardwood floor @cleverlyinspired (1)

 

Here is what you will need to get started your prep work:

In my prep basket:

Crud Cutter (awesome degreaser cleaner that doesn’t leave a residue)

Good quality painters tape ( I love frogtape and scotch blue)

A putty knife

papertowels

vacuum

lint free cloth

floor steamer (optional)

clean socks

Begin in the corner and vacuum the area. I worked in 4 by 7 foot areas. Vacuum trim and floor thoroughly. Get your steamer out (or a damp hot cloth) and go over the entire area.

Spray your krud cutter along the trim and baseboards and allow it to sit for about 3 minutes. Wiped very well with paper towels (replacing them as they get dirty). Your paint will for sure chip if you do not get all the dirt. If necessary, use the puddy knife to get in tight corners and along where the quarter round meets the floor.

Spray krud cutter on the floor and wipe clean. Allow area to dry (takes only a few minutes). Be sure to have socks on your feet so that the oils from your feet are not transferred to the floor that you just cleaned.

Next you will need to tape off all along your trim. I would recommend using a putty knife to cut the tape. Makes it perfectly straight cut and makes the job go super fast. (video coming soon)

You are now ready for your base coat of paint. I found it best to clean immediately prior to doing my base coat. You don’t want to clean it and then walk on it for a day and then go to paint. No No…

You will also want to decide on a paint color. I tested out 3 colors and I painted them on wood to see how they would look on the floor. I would encourage you to narrow your choices down and get a few samples. Live with them for a few days and see the colors in all different lights. The three colors I started with werepainting a prefinished hardwood floor @cleverlyinspired (2)

Ben Moore Halo (top board)

Ben Moore Fog Mist (bottom board, right side)

Ben Moore Horizon (bottom board, left side)

We ended up with Halo by Ben Moore (had this color matched with the Porter Paint I used called Breakthrough…more on that next). It is a perfect balance of beige and gray….and it looks fabulous with the colors on the walls.

Ready for paint!!

What are you thinking….would you ever paint your hardwood??

Tracie Stoll is a wife, mom and has a passion for creating new things. On her blog Cleverlyinspired.com she is constantly sharing ways to inspire her readers to be clever in their own home. Since 2010 Tracie has been sharing DIY projects, crafting, remodeling and decorating along with some easy tasty recipes…all on a mindful budget. She is a graduate of the University of Dayton where she studied visual art and communications. Tracie has been featured on popular sites such as Country Living, CNN living, Good Housekeeping, Better Homes and Gardens, Huffington Post, Apartment Therapy, Seventeen and Design Sponge. She is also a member of the True Value Blog Squad & Martha’s Circle of trusted bloggers.

would I dare…

Happy Friday yall! And happy Labor Day weekend…so hard to believe September is already here. I hope yall don’t think I have lost my marbles after reading today’s post……..

I read a post the other day….Emily Clark had posted about a letter she received from a very brave woman named Esther. Esther was lamenting about how worn down and ugly her builder grade pre-finished floors looked. She had considered every option…but wanting to stick to a budget she decided to try and paint them. All I can say is….O M G….holy cow….good gravy….golly miss molly….They. Look. Amazing. I was completely enthralled with how she pulled it off.

I couldn’t stop thinking about those floors. I emailed my hubs the post…thinking he may come back with a “you’ve lost your mind honey…” or “whattcho talkin about willis…” but instead I was greeted with a “go for it babe”….again….I married a saint. So now that I have his blessing…I really cannot stop thinking about it. (stop throwing things at the computer dad…I know you highly disagree with even the thought of painting a hardwood floor…I know…)

But here is what I think about the whole thing. It’s a floor. Period. I am not painting the ceiling of the Sistine Chapel… And in it’s current state…it needs to be either refinished or replaced. 10 years of dog and kids have left their mark….and it isn’t a pretty one.

Here’s the other thing….I really dislike the color of my floor. So that being said….I would never want to sand it down and put the same stain on top.

I will keep you posted….but if you know me like I think you know me….you know that my mind is pretty much already made up (or if you follow along on instagram or facebook…;)….where’s my paint deck? :)

For inspiration….here is what I am dreaming in my head….light, bright….airy and clean:)

Which is a lot better than this….(which is the current state of my floor…) Do tell….do you think I’m nuts??painting a hardwood floor @cleverlyinspired (1)
It’s a good thing he is cute…..;)

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Next week….let’s just call it Floor week:) Oh yeah…..Have a great weekend friends!

Tracie Stoll is a wife, mom and has a passion for creating new things. On her blog Cleverlyinspired.com she is constantly sharing ways to inspire her readers to be clever in their own home. Since 2010 Tracie has been sharing DIY projects, crafting, remodeling and decorating along with some easy tasty recipes…all on a mindful budget. She is a graduate of the University of Dayton where she studied visual art and communications. Tracie has been featured on popular sites such as Country Living, CNN living, Good Housekeeping, Better Homes and Gardens, Huffington Post, Apartment Therapy, Seventeen and Design Sponge. She is also a member of the True Value Blog Squad & Martha’s Circle of trusted bloggers.
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