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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.
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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.

Top Hits Revisited: DIY Refinishing Stairs

Back in the day….3 years ago or so…I had read an article online. This girl Sarah….had refinished her stairs…all by herself. I read the “article” about 5 times. Not realizing that I was reading a blog post…that would change everything. I had been a DIYer my whole life….but I wasn’t documenting it. Sarah introduced me to this amazing new world that is “blogging”. I set out to refinish my own stairs after I saw how amazing hers had turned out. If I haven’t told you thank you Sarah….thank you:)

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It was a project I completed for under $100…in one weekends time…and I still love them to this day. It was the most satisfying project I had taken on. It is the project I get the most questions on….the YouTube informational tutorial has been viewed over 157,000 times….and one of the top hits on the blog.

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We ended up putting sisal treads on the stairs so that our pup would have an easier time with using them. They too have held up great! I do not have one chip in the paint…(we decided to paint the treads instead of stain because after sanding them there was still paint and caulk spots that would have shown through). We used high gloss latex paint (Behr color Molasses). The white risers have been touched up once….not bad for all the wear and tear these stairs are put through daily. (The white is Porter Paint color White Umber). Light French Grey by Behr is on the walls….Reflecting Pool on the ceiling.

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The question I tend to get a lot is how to figure out what kind of wood is under your carpeted stairs. The easiest “test” is to see if your stair has a “rolled” edge. If the edge of your stairs are rolled….the wood is most likely a common pine tread (which is what my stairs are). If your stairs look like the corners are more square…the wood is most likely plywood. A plywood stair is not worth finishing in my opinion. You could “finish” them…with the intent of replacing in the future with a real wood stair….but if you go to sell your house…the buyer will consider a plywood stair as subfloor material….and unfinished. Just food for thought….

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If you have any questions….please comment and let me know….I would love to help you out!

Here are some other post related to the stairs

 

I will be revisiting old post that have been the most popular…to give you updates and to show new readers some of the past:) Do you have any favorites you would like me to update?

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.

Creating an egress window in a basement: Part one

Please excuse the really poor pictures….most were taken on my cellphone but the setting was low-res…so they are a bit fuzzy. I wanted to give you an update to the guest bedroom in the basement project. We had an egress window installed a few weeks back. There was a few snags in the window sizing ….so a new window was installed on Thursday last week. All is well now. We were really happy with the outcome. This huge window provides loads of light to a once dark space. It lights up the whole basement! I will take better pics soon….

A bit about the process ….

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We started with a typical basement window. The nice thing about our basement is the ceiling height…it is 9 feet…which allowed for a large 5 by 6 opening. The building codes in our area state that and egress window must be 48 inches from the basement floor.

The first day the crew came….they moved the decking and began digging to the foundation bottom. When they had a hole big enough…they began to jackhammer the concrete to create the opening. Not for the faint of heart…#holdme…..

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there’s a hole in my basement dear liza, dear liza….there’s a hole in my basement dear liza a hole….

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Inside, they placed plastic (lots of dust people), pulled back the carpet, and cut the drywall to expose the window opening. On day two, the crew jackhammered some more. When the opening was cut….the concrete from the foundation was broken up and pushed into the hole (this allows nice for good drainage).

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The guest room is coming along too…wall is up and painted….now onto the trim:)

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I will have more about this process soon and show you what it looks like all done!

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.

Change of course…

I tend to over analyze things. Especially when it comes to money being spent on our house. We have been talking about a front porch for about a year…we have met with a builder to discuss the plans…we have checked with our neighborhood association about any restrictions…we are pretty much set to go forward. There has been this little voice in my head though….do something more practical. A porch is nice….but not a necessity.

Ever since we turned the bedroom into an office for my hubs…we have been without a proper guest room. This isn’t a huge deal…we don’t have a ton of long-stay overnight guests. However, we do have friends come in often for one or two overnight visits…and it leaves me the task with setting up a “guest space” in and office. Not ideal. It has worked fine….but we have the space in the basement to set up a nice cozy room…that will also add value to the house.

We have decided to use our resources to create an egress window (which is basically a window below grade that can allow for easy emergency access to the basement), along with a guest bedroom. There is a corner in our basement that rarely gets use…so it will be a great use of this space.

The transformation will not be to difficult. A wall will be put up with a pocket door. The room size will be a cozy 9 by 12. The window will have to be installed on the other wall in the basement. For a below grade basement bedroom to be considered a “bedroom” you must have an exit. If you have a walk out on your basement…then you are already set. Our basement is not a walkout….so we will be having an egress window installed. The window will be 6 by 3 and let in loads of natural light too.

It is not to say the fabulous front porch will never happen….it is just being put off for a little while. All in good time….

Here are some pictures of some other cozy bedrooms….can’t wait to share this process with you:)

Do you have any bedrooms in the basement? How has it worked out for you?

I  will be sharing some inspiration boards for this space later in the week:)

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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