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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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    I agree! I have hardwood floors and stained woodwork and can't imagine putting paint on any of it but it's yours so research it, do it, and post a picture for us all to admire!!!

    Quote Originally Posted by QuiltE View Post
    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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    The floor upstairs already has a coat of floor paint on it from previous owner so I am not painting on my hardwood floors in the rest of the house, just 3rd floor. I will post pics when done and will start to map it out on paper first! Thanks!!!
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    I think I would only do this if the floor is in bad shape. I hate to see good wood floors painted, that is just me.

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    Well, painting a hardwood floor. I am currently re-doing the hardwood floors in my home in California. The previous tenants never took their shoes off when they came into the house and never place rugs in the traffic areas.
    You will have to ask yourself "What shoes can walk on this floor after you re-do. Ask an expert first.
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    I second the idea of a canvas rug. If you aren't going to do a lot of moving chairs and furniture around, it is the better way to go
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    I too cringed at "painting hardwood floors", because my entire house is hardwood floors, and we LOVE our floors. But, I can see how you would want to do that. I would use Acrylic paints, then put Krylon clear poly coat over it. It should last a good long time.

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    Not done it myself, but I have seen this done on the DIY channels. Especially in older homes where the wood flroor was worn, but they didn't want to cover them entirely up. They painted a rug under the dining room table to get the look they wanted. Also saw one show where they painted tiles on the floor in the kitchen. Black and white checkerboard painted on the floor. They did put sealer on it to helpo it last and not scratch off. I'm sure you could google it for info.
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    I think it is a great idea. Make sure the sealer that you get does not yellow with age. You will have to read the instructions very well to get this info. I cannot remember if it is oil based or water based, but one of them is famous for turning yellow with age. I would love to see the picture when you have painted your quilt.
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    Cool, especially if the floors are in pretty rough shape.
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    i painted a beautiful rug on my front porch but never on hardwood flooring , if you do it please send a picture

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    I have a vinyl floor I want to do that to, but do not have the time yet.
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    Did you ever get this done on your floor? I'm curious how it turned out as I'm attempting this on the floor of my sewing room. My floor is plywood. Let us know, post some pics. Thank you

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    I painted my living room floor. You can buy floor paint. Primer/sealer is a must or you will get shading and paint won't stick well. I painted my floor to look like big tiles. Don't live there anymore or I would post pic. Painted floors can look really cool if done correctly.

    After painting you will want to put several coats of non- yellowing clear floor poly to protect it. It will last for years. Heavy traffic areas will need attention every few years.
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