This weekend while the Rolling Stones were painting Hyde Park black, and Wimbledon cheered on Andy Murray, we decided to paint all the floors in the flat. Last year we painted the kitchen floor white but feeling braver this year (and all Pinterested out) we went ahead and made best friends with these guys:
Did we sand the wooden boards down and stick primer all over it? …no (we’re risk takers! and well, I blame Andy Murray for not paying full attention to this project) The Dulux paint dries fairly quickly and althought the tin says Gloss, it’s a good compromise between a matte and shiny finish. It’s not bad wearing either. It took 2 coats to get a decent opaque finish.
What we DID do was fill all the gaps between the floorboards with filler. No drafty little gaps this winter in this household! Sadly, I will no longer have anywhere to sneakily push my orange pips through when I’m too lazy to walk the 6 steps to the bin.
Here’s the first coat and section all done. If anything it highlights the ridiculous nicotine coloured skirting boards…but that’s a project we’ll tackle another time.
Also, no amount of shouting NO to the cat will stop it walking through wet paint.
The flat now looks like a beach house haven in the middle of N15. The problem now is I don’t want to put the rugs back! We also need a serious declutter. Our next project will be the skirting boards and walls, but for now this satisfies the DIY bug.
I get a fair few hits on this post, so I thought I’d update to say that two years later, the floor is still fine. There has been no yellowing and it still looks fresh- particularly in the hallway. There are a few small scuff marks in heavy traffic areas but I feel like it adds to the look.