An embarrassingly long time ago, we wrote about a project we were working on – painting a fir floor. You can read about it here: From Ugly to Lovely, Painting a Floor, Part 1. (We didn’t realize that it would it be over a year and a half later before we wrote Part 2.)
After many delays (removing an existing wood stove, demolishing a hearth, installing new wood stove and hearth, patching various areas of the floor where there were old heat registers) it’s done! Well, the living room is done. The dining room isn’t quite done, but we are so excited by the results, we wanted to share some photos.
As a reminder, this is what the floor looked like before:
Another Badly Patched Area
Hole from Register Vent
Badly Patched Flooring
Fir Floor: Painted, Stained, Natural
Screws and Screw Holes
Fir Floor: Patchwork of Finishes
And here’s what it looks like now:
This is how we got there:
Because the floor was painted with lead paint, we didn’t want to sand it, so we used “Krud Kutter”. (Why do companies think it’s a good idea to use weirdly spelled names – what’s wrong with Crud Cutter?) This cleaned the surface and reduced the glossy finish and created a “tooth” for the paint to stick to.
Then we primed the surface using XIM UMA, a special primer/bonder. I’ve used this product in the past and have had great luck. It is designed for difficult to paint non-porous surfaces.
XIM UMA, a great primer/bonder.
Monica, pretending her back isn’t killing her.
Waiting for the primer to dry.
After allowing the primer to dry, we painted the floor. We used 2 coats of Pratt & Lambert’s WithStand floor paint in a special color mix of a dark charcoal gray, allowing 24 hours to dry in between coats.
Pratt & Lambert WithStand Floor Paint
The final floor:
The paint needs to cure for 7 days before placing any furniture or rugs. So meantime, this is what the dining room looks like:
Yikes. I especially like the murderer’s glove in the foreground.