Ken pulled the old carpet up awhile ago. It was old and in desperate need of replacing but carpet isn't in the budget at this point. I decided to take a stab at painting the sub-flooring. I'm very pleased with how it came out. Nope, it's not perfect but it's so much nicer than what was there before.
I am so fortunate to have a husband who didn't grumble (much) about being displaced while the room was in progress. We spent a week and a half in our living room "bedroom".
Patience-lots of drying time involved
Spatula tool for spreading filler
Pliers or screw driver to remove staples
Paint and associated supplies
- Use pliers or a screwdriver to remove and staples.
- Use pry bar or screwdriver to pop up and remove carpet tack boards around the edge of room
- Vacuum or sweep up any dust or debris.
- Use spatula with filler to fill any cracks or screw holes.
- Once filler is dry, put your mask back on and sand floor so surfaces are level and smooth. I used a belt sander and leveled out the filler but didn't do the best job making the floor completely smooth.
- Vacuum up all the dust again, it will be EVERYWHERE! Use damp cloth or tack cloth to wipe down floor gently.
- Apply primer to entire floor. I used latex because that's what I had on hand.
- After primer is dried, apply you paint. I painted the entire floor white (Linen) first.
- Once dry, I taped off the stripes and filled them in with colors to coordinate with the walls and ceiling. I discovered the hard way that it's best to use super low tack tape, the stuff for newly painted surfaces or it will pull up the base coat.
- Again wait for paint to dry and then apply polyurethane finish following the directions on the can. Home Depot only carried oil-based type so that's what I used but I stopped by Lowe's this weekend and they have an odorless water based version. I would try this if you can find it because our house smelled like varnish for a week.
I updated our bedding with plain solid bedding and hung up some simple white curtains to offset the busy pattern on the floor. I have a couple more things to finish up for the room but feel like it finally has a cohesive feel. Okay, yes I should have ironed the bedding and curtains but I only use the iron if I'm desperate.
I'm aiming for a beachy getaway feel? What do you think?