FLOOR PAINTING IDEAS
I had some floor painting ideas, but my original plan changed. What a surprise!
At first I was going to paint the floor black and then do a faux floor painting technique using glaze medium for a marble look.
It's a good thing I thought of making a demo board before going ahead with the plan. That's my practice board above. I've saved myself many hours of wasted effort by testing my floor painting ideas on inexpensive illustration boards.
By the way, that practice board will likely turn into a work of mixed media art some time soon. I love the effect as a background!
And truth be known, I will do that technique somewhere else, at another time.
If you wanted that look for yourself here's what you'd do. Prepare the floor following the instructions further down. Paint the floor in Gloss Black (Latex) or colour of your choice. Then mix 2 parts Glaze Medium with 1 part Gloss White, or other colour.
Apply this glaze mixture to the floor in manageable sections. While the glaze is wet, lay down lightweight plastic drop sheets onto the surface. Try different weights of plastic, like dry cleaning bags or green garbage bags. (I'd strongly recommend you do some practice boards like I did.)
Leave the plastic sheets down while you apply the glaze to the next section of the floor. Then remove and reposition the plastic. Continue until the floor is finished.
As for my floor painting ideas, well since I've
re-painted the bathroom cabinets
in that yummy warm grey, the marble look wasn't going to work.
That's OK, I have floor painting ideas!
I should mention that the bathroom floor was hand-painted about 12 years ago.
The paint did not wear off and it took to vigorous scrubbing.
So don't be afraid to try some floor painting ideas of your own!
The image on the left shows the flagstones I painted on the vinyl floor all those years ago.
I protected the floor with 3 coats of water-based varnish. That's what made it so durable.
Anyway, time to upgrade the look of the floor.
FLOOR PAINTING PREPARATIONS
Painting a floor should be the last thing you do in a room. So, if you're painting walls and cabinets like I did, do those things first. The last step is to paint the floor.
· Vacuum the floor thoroughly.
· Using a scraper remove any gunk that may have settled around the baseboards.
· Using medium grit sandpaper, scuff up the floor.
· Vacuum again.
· Wash the floor with TSP.
· Rinse thoroughly and let dry completely.
· Protect the baseboards and cabinets with painter’s tape.
Using a 3" polyester brush, cut in all around the floor at the base of cabinets, toilet, tub and baseboards.
My bathroom is pretty small.
If I didn't have 3 cats and a big dog, I would have taken the door off.
But, all those little critters and wet paint make for instant disasters.
If you don't have pets or little ones running around, by all means take the door down.
Using a roller, roll on the primer evenly. Let dry as specified on the manufacturer's label. I'm just going to leave it overnight for extra insurance. I'd hate to put on the black paint and have it re-activate the white primer. Ugh.
Well, here's the first coat of Gloss Black.
It will need a second coat, which I'll do in about 24 hours.
I knew that the gloss paint was going to reveal every little flaw on the vinyl floor. And does it EVER!
BUT, I do have a plan. After all, I do have to be flexible with some of my floor painting ideas!
The second coat of paint went on easily. But, as you can see from the photograph above, every little mark and imperfection seems amplified.
Oh well. Like I said, I do have a plan!
I will share this with you. Painting a floor is hard on the knees. Those hard to reach places are murder on the back!
STIPPLING FIRST LAYER
It's been a while between steps, so I've taken the time to re-wash the floor with TSP and to thoroughly rinse it before starting up again.
Here I have stippled the black floor with the grey paint I used on the cabinets and trim.
It's not looking like much but it's the start of many layers.
This is the handy little Porcupine Pad I'm using for creating the stippled effect.
You could also use this tool in a wet glaze, drag it around and create other cool effects.
For stippling, I poured the paint into a shallow dish slightly larger than the pad.
Lightly dip the bristles into the paint and dab the excess paint onto a paper towel.
Pat the pad randomly in a manageable area. Start with a light pressure and then pat a little harder as the paint wears off.
I started with the hard to reach places and then worked my way back out the door. My knees!!!
This is what the first layer looks like.
Nothing too earth-shattering yet.
I'm using a fan for speed-drying. I'd like to do another layer later on today.
My plan is to stipple the next layer with the pale grey from the walls.
Then another stippled layer of Metallic Silver and finally another stippled layer of Pearl White.
After that a painted border around the room and a medallion in front of the toilet seat.
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