How to Paint A Wood Floor ~ Step by Step

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Faux Finishes have many advantages:

~You can reproduce many material like marble, wood grains, exotic species in any design or pattern;

~Properly coated with urethane of 3-4 coats, maintenance is minimal, even the same as a regular hardwood floor.

~Additional design can be added at any time

~Changing, or returning to a plain wood floor only requires resanding

~Cost, painted finishes usually cost about 60 percent of the real floor material


  • Materials needed are simple, easy to purchase. Necessary supplies
    ~latex paint colors
    ~tints and glazes of latex paint, color-mixed and thinned as needed
    ~non-marking, easy release painters tape (blue 3M with orange core- NO OTHERS will do the job)
    ~paintbrushes (various sizes & quality)
    ~sponges (various textures)
    ~tape measure, string


  • Before, Tape pattern & After

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Step by Step procedures for painting a stone and marble inlay

Material needed for painting a wood floor

Sample of a painted wood floor

Collect necessary material, then make a  sample first to insure color match and desired effect.

STEP 1~Your floor must have a minimal of two coats of oil based finish. Apply long lasting easy release tape in desired design/pattern. Make sure tape edges are secure. This can be achieved by using a very fine sandpaper, lightly burnishing the finish inside the tape, making sure to rub the edges well.
STEP 2~ Vacuum and tac the area well, including all surrounding areas. Apply the base coat of latex paint according to your design and drawings. Remove the tape while the paint is still wet, being careful not to allow the tape to touch the painted areas. Allow the base coat of paint to dry thoroughly (minimum of 24 hours is recommended depending on jobsite conditions.
STEP 3~ After paint dries, compare sample to base coats, making sure they match the intended layout and colors

STEP 4~Re-tape the design in the same layout, making sure to secure the tape edges well. Then, apply the stone technique using the appropriate sponge, matching the desired effect to match the sample.
STEP 5~Brush the stone applied textures to acheive the final effect in the stone sample
STEP 6~With a very slightly damp softy cloth, wipe the area to receive marble veins, working a few feet ahead of your paint( allows veining to slightly run). Using a small (thin) liner brush apply vein in desired effect, again matching sample.
STEP 7~With a larger brush, smooth over the veining while the paint is still wet, making sure to work in all direction, working the paint to match the sample. Remove tape while still wet, again being VERY careful not to touch the wet paint.
STEP 8~After paint is dry, compare sample to insure a match. At this point you want to touch up as needed, hand scrap any paint run areas, being careful not to remove the finish or scratch into the painted areas. Carefully vacuum all areas.
STEP 9~ In stocking feet, apply minimal of two coats of the same finish used to seal the floor. For prefinished floors, always check with manufacturers on compatible finish. As an added detail, different sheen levels can be used on different finishes and textures can be used. Allow the finish coats to dry well, always add an extra day or two, with minimal traffic for 10 days, if possible.

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Painted Inlays -Woodgraining on prefinished wood floors There is no limits to what you can paint onto hardwood floors. Paint can mimic marbles from around the globe or look like the most exotic of wood species. With today's glazes, texture techniques and finishes, unique designs can be applied to any hardwood floor, whether to floor is site finished or prefinished. Latex paints are easy to use and can simulate an array of inlays, medallions, oriental carpets or any imaginable design.

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