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DIY: Painting a checkered floor (tips + products I used)

As of final night time, I’ve virtually completed portray a checkerboard flooring within the studio. See the way it goes thus far…

I am actually happy with the way it’s going thus far. The primary room, which is roughly 19.5′ x 21′, is about 2/3 accomplished. So now I’ve to paper again this completed space, transfer my giant rolling worktables and different objects to this aspect of the room, after which begin on the ground in the remainder of this room, the again entrance, the storage closet, and the lavatory.

The ground on this room is crimson oak hardwood, and since this can be a studio the place I will likely be utilizing paint, resin, alcohol paints, and so forth., I wished a flooring that could possibly be simply sanded and touched up once I drip issues on the ground. Portray appeared like the plain reply. So let me present you ways I did it.

I began by sanding the ground to provide a “dent” to the earlier end. I hope this offers the paint and primer extra sturdiness than it will have if I had simply painted over the graceful water-based polyurethane flooring with out sanding first.

Some flooring most likely would not want sanding an excessive amount of, however I used to be additionally making an attempt to eliminate some water injury and different imperfections within the flooring, so I sanded somewhat greater than most likely wanted (as a result of I am a perfectionist).

Then I utilized two coats of Zinsser BIN Shellac-Based mostly Primer to the ground. This was solely the second time I’ve used this product, however after getting used to the skinny consistency, I used to be more than happy with the way it carried out the primary time I used it (on the entrance porch ceiling), so I made a decision to keep it up on this venture as effectively. .

After which I gave the ground two coats of paint, which I rolled utilizing a 3/8 inch fur curler. And for the reason that flooring is a really giant space, I used an ordinary curler of what you’d use to color a wall. The paint I selected to make use of is Behr Porch and Patio Ground Paint within the low gloss end. I began with the darkest shade, which is Benjamin Moore Basic Grey, which I mixed with Behr paint.

I let it dry for about 36 hours whereas I assembled my cupboards and put them in place alongside the entrance wall of the studio. I wished to place the cupboard in place first as a result of the cupboards will not be completely centered on the wall because the home windows will not be completely symmetrical on the wall. And I choose to have the checkerboard flooring design centered on the cupboards relatively than being completely centered within the room and barely away from the cupboards.

As soon as the cupboards have been in place I measured and marked the middle of the center cupboard utilizing my tape measure and a pencil and continued marking the remainder of the ground utilizing the identical measurement, utilizing a ruler (a sq.) till I had a line perpendicular to the middle level within the center cupboard.

I then used my sq. sample (I used leftover FLOR carpet as a sample, however you’ll be able to reduce a sample out of cardboard, cardstock, and so forth.) and lined up two dots completely alongside that line close to the cupboards, and traced the sq..

Then, utilizing the opposite two factors on the sq., I used them as a information to measure and mark an equidistant line from the cupboards that ran parallel to the cupboards. Once more, it was extra necessary to me that the checkerboard design matched the cupboards relatively than being completely centered within the room. Rooms are virtually by no means completely sq., so if the design is somewhat off in one other space, it will be a lot much less noticeable than it will be if the design was off with the cupboards on the principle focal wall of the room.

After tracing this line parallel to the entrance of the cupboards, I used my sq. sample (the carpet tile) to proceed the sample on this parallel line.

After tracing the squares on the middle perpendicular line and throughout the parallel line, I used to be ready to return and simply fill in the remainder of the squares utilizing my sample.

After tracing all of the squares, I used masking tape to mark all of the squares that might be painted with my distinction shade (Behr Polar Bear) and began gluing the squares to be painted. It is not environment friendly to attempt to glue every sq. to color them abruptly. It is a lot simpler to connect all of the others and paint them, and after they’re dry, return and glue the remainder and paint them.

So as soon as I had the primary batch of contrasting squares glued and able to paint, that is what the ground seemed like. Observe that I used masking tape particularly for delicate surfaces, as the unique coat of paint (the basic gray) was nonetheless fairly recent.

Earlier than I might paint, I first wanted to eliminate any pencil marks. Pencil marks will bleed by means of the paint, so it would prevent a variety of headache eliminating them as an alternative of making an attempt to color them. And by no means attempt to erase them with a pencil eraser and even an artwork eraser. This can simply smudge the graphite into the paint and go away you in a multitude. I at all times eliminate my pencil marks utilizing a Magic Eraser. They work so quick and make straightforward work of eradicating pencil marks. And I did not simply take out the pencil marks going by means of the center of among the squares, just like the one you see right here…

However I additionally eliminated the marks alongside the glued edges. That manner, I can eliminate the pencil marks and polish the tape so it is securely hooked up to the ground in a single fast step. You possibly can see how effectively Magic Eraser eliminated the marks from the identical sq. pictured above…

After which I took another step earlier than portray the squares. To verify the perimeters of the contrasting squares look actually sharp and leak-free, I used the unique paint shade (Basic Grey) and painted the paint edges to seal them so the Polar Bear could not bleed below the tape.

It did not take lengthy to dry. In actual fact, once I completed the final sq., the primary squares have been dry sufficient to color. I painted the distinction squares utilizing a 1/4 inch (labeled “for easy surfaces) 6 inch curler.

This course of was very quick. I gave the squares a primary coat of paint after which let it dry for about 40 minutes.

Then I rolled a second layer. Proper after portray the second coat, and with the paint nonetheless moist, I eliminated the tape. You possibly can see how the perimeters are completely sharp…

I let the primary set of squares dry for about 24 hours after which glued the remainder of the distinction squares collectively and repeated the identical course of – eradicating the pencil marks, sealing the tape edges with the primary shade…

Adopted by two coats of the distinction shade, and eradicating the tape whereas the second coat was nonetheless fairly moist.

And there it’s! My new painted checkerboard flooring in my studio. I do know it is a model new painted flooring, and it hasn’t even totally cured but (I feel full curing takes about 30 days), however I used to be already very impressed with the sturdiness of this paint.

Cooper has even been right here (my 100-pound hyper canine who will not let me contact his ft so I can not reduce his claws), and the bottom has withstood his insanity completely.

I do not intend to use a transparent coat to the ground as a result of that might simply complicate the refinishing course of and defeat the entire objective and my rationale for having a painted flooring within the first place. Which means that as soon as I get the remainder of the pencil marks off the aspect of the room (the pencil marks that have been hidden below the masking tape), I am able to put protecting paper over this aspect of the room, get all my stuff moved to this one. aspect and began on the remainder of the ground. It has been a sluggish course of, however a minimum of I am making progress!

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