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Thread: painting hard wood floors..

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    Super Member michelehuston's Avatar
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    painting hard wood floors..

    I am very seriously contemplating moving my sewing room to the third floor of my house and decided that if I do, I want to paint a quilt on the wood floor! Has anyone ever done that and can anyone give me any ideas on what kind of paint? I didn't know if I would have to use wall paint or if I could use acrylic paint? I had thought of putting a sealer over top of it. I have been looking online for ideas, but when I look up painting floors it just brings up painting a single color. As creative as everyone is here, I thought this was the best place to look! Thanks in advance!!
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    my mom did that in 1976 [bicentennial year here]. she used oil based paints and a sealer. acrylics were probably not good back then. it looked fantastic.
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    If floor paints are meant for floors, then I'd probably use them ... it's the same purpose, just that you're doing some decorative work.

    Although I do "cringe" at thinking you'd cover over hardwood floors!
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    I used acrylic paint on my floor. 2 coats. If you want to do a quilt block, start with a solid color floor and then use blue masking tape to outline the squares you want to paint. after each color is dry remove the tape and put down tape for the next color. Make a detailed drawing with excat dimensions so you won't have odd shaped pieces.

    Good luck. definitely go for it !!!
    I saw a marvelous set of stair risers with quilt blocks painted on them. really eye catching

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    I've seen it, but not done it. When I was a kid my friends mom let them paint their floor by walking in different colors of paint and walking around. We did handprints on the walls and some of the dressers, too. Anyway, I think you should seal it with a clear sealer when you are done. I found one by DAP that is water based so easy clean up and it holds up very well. I used it on the oad in bathroom. I was worried about the dampness, but in 15 or so years there is no sign of damage. Good luck. I hope you will share pictures when you are done.
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    I would suggest calling a hardwood floor re-finisher for advice.
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    I have done that , use a good poly seal several coats.
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    I've done it too... make sure there is no wax build up on the floor (back in the day people used to wax hardwood floors) , be sure and prime with a good primer, then you can generally use any paint you want to as long as you seal it well with a varathane. Just make sure all paints and sealers used are the same component...acrylic/oil/ whatever they may be.
    I find the rustoleum paints the best for any application that will be used roughly...doesn't ever chip. Now when I did it years ago I used household waterbased paint and primer and sealed with a good poly. I used to stencil my floors.

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    Use floor paint & sealer as noted above. What to see it when you get it done.

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    If your wood floors are in good condition, you might want to try making a canvas rug painting first. You paint on your design on artists canvas (as large as you like) then seal it. There are lots of tutorials on this technique. That way you won't be stuck with a permanent design on your good wood floors. However, if your floors are in bad shape, then painting directly on them is the way to go. (I love canvas rugs)

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