FLOOR PAINTING DESIGNS


Floor painting designs work well for almost any type of floor surface that your wanting to paint.


Hardwood is of course the best choice since you can sand away your artistic endeavor when your tired of looking at it. Other types of flooring are not quite as easy to refurbish.

With that said virtually every type of surface can be painted the key is in proper preparation, application and product choice

Below you will find a link to pictures, along with floor preparation advice, ideas and suggestions for doing a faux finish, stencil project or specialty painting technique.


ASSISTANCE FOR FLOOR PAINTING DESIGN



Prior to using floor painting tools, products and materials, check with your local home improvement center, regarding what's required for the job at hand.

Your store representative can help you with preparation and application advice that's specific to the type of floor you are coating.

Fillers, primers, paints, materials, tools and cleaners used will depend entirely on the kind of floor you are applying your floor painting designs to.


TOOLS FOR FLOOR PAINTING DESIGNS



  • Hammer, nail set, nails
  • Primer, paint
  • Tray, roller-cover, sash brush, cut can
  • Medium tack, sharp edge, painters tape
  • Pole sander, 120 grit sand paper, sanding sponge
  • Electric sanding machines if needed
  • Hole filler, putty knife, paint-able caulking & gun
  • Stencil, brush, paint
  • Cleaner, mop, pail, (for moping floors)
  • Measuring tape
  • Strait edge (for drawing lines)
  • Vacuum cleaner



PREPARATION FOR FLOOR PAINTING DESIGNS



For those who have a nailed down floor (hardwood) you will need to re-set any protruding nails. Don't forget to bang in an extra nail or two if your squeaking floor needs it.

Fill and caulk holes or divots, pole sand the floor, vacuum and damp mop the surface to remove dust or debris.

Check with your local home improvement center regarding fillers, materials, painting products regarding your specific type of flooring.


CHOOSING COLORS


You can use this interior color selection link to help you pick out tones, hues and shades for floor painting designs project and techniques.

When choosing paint colors keep in mind that lighter colors tend to show less scuffs or scratches while making a room look larger and more open. Darker colors on the other hand are classy setting off lighter colored furniture or other pieces in the room.

Once you have selected your colors come on back here to get that floor painted.


TYPES OF FLOOR PAINTING DESIGNS



Stenciling
Most paint stores, or the paint section of your local home improvement center, usually carry an assortment of stencils.

If you do decide to stencil, ask a paint store representative for help deciding on the best products, materials and tools to use, with the type of floor you are going to stencil.


Specialty paint techniques
Specialized wall techniques are well suited for floor painting designs. Color blocking, striping, applying geometric designs or a faux finish are just a few of the ideas you can consider for the work at hand.

Once your floor is prepped and tones, hues, and shades are selected proceed to rolling on two coats of your base color. Be sure to pole sand between the first and second coating. With the base color completed, use a measuring device, pencil and painters tape to measure, mark off and tape the type of floor painting designs you have decided to use.

As an example, large diamond shapes, triangles or rectangles look great as a floor design or stripes may be what your looking for.

Use the Internet, library, magazines and book stores to help you find the floor painting technique best suited to the room being done.


Faux finish
There are an assortment of faux finish technique one could use as a floor painting idea. From sponge painting or splattering to rag rolling and smooshing. Either would work well, along with adding a unique look to the surface your walking on.


TYPES OF FLOORS YOU CAN PAINT



Concrete/tile
Paint tends to adhere quite well to concrete or a tile surface. Unless the tile or concrete has a shiny finish. If the surface has a shine to it, roll on a top quality primer made specifically for glossed concrete or tile surfaces.

Very glossy or high traffic areas might need an epoxy coating applied to them. Keep in mind though that Epoxy also has durability but can fade or yellow over time.


Linoleum
Painted lino can last a long time as long as the proper primer, paint product and procedures are followed. Talk to your paint store representative regarding linoleum painting assistance.


Hardwood
Floors made of wood are in most cases the best type of flooring when implementing a floor painting design. Wooden floors are usually (but not always) painted with a latex based product.


Laminate
Like linoleum laminates can be painted but the proper products, materials and techniques must be used before a coating will stick to a laminate surface.


SUMMARY OF FLOOR PAINTING DESIGNS



Floor painting is an excellent project to enhance the look of a room. Putting some color onto the floors is fast, cheap, and your options are almost unlimited.

Start by drawing your chosen designs onto paper. Being informed, doing a top notch preparation and using the correct products will result in the best job possible. Applying clear coat over your finished work gives the floor that extra bit of durability. Waiting about six months (cleaning) then top coating with a clear coat works even better.

Just be very careful during that time and do touch ups if needed. Also, floors that where painted before will be easier to re-paint. No paint job will last indefinitely at some point repairing or re-painting the entire floor will be required.

Allow 48 hours for your paint to dry before walking or placing furniture on the surface.

Oil (alkyd) polyurethane and epoxy products are quite durable but can take a long time to dry. Oils also smell bad and have other problems that tend to eventually show up.

If your handy with a brush try an inlay, marble faux or other type of free hand painting idea. Stenciling on a few words or a poem could be something to consider.

For those who feel that painting an entire floor is to daunting, apply your designs to a smaller area like the corners or center of a room.

Here's some pictures of floor painting designs for you to click on.


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