Painting floorboards can give an original floor a new lease of life. Here, our expert offers his top tips and suggests the best floor paint for the job.
If you don’t want carpet or tiles, painting floorboards is both a charming and budget-friendly finish, especially for floorboards in a good state of repair.A fresh new coat of paint on floorboards is just as transformative as painting a wall and a painted floor offers you another surface to introduce colour that compliments your design scheme.
For the best results, all you need to do is make sure that you do your preparation properly and choose a paint that can withstand the wear and tear of everyday life. Get this right and you have a great looking floor for years to come.
What Supplies Will I Need for Painting Floorboards?
When it come to painting floorboards, you’ll not only need tools and supplies for painting, but for preparing and repairing your floorboards for a good finish.
While a small hand sander or orbital sander can be useful for preparation, if you have a large space with previously painted or stained floorboards, you’ll likely need to hire a drum sander for sanding floorboards properly.
How do you Prepare Wooden Floorboards for Sanding?
The first step is to empty the room of all furniture if at all possible. Once the room is empty check that there are no nails or staples sticking up from the floorboards. If there are, make sure to remove them or knock them into the floor with a nail punch.
Next secure any loose floorboards with 50mm countersunk screws. Check that there are no electrical cables running underneath the floorboards where you are going to secure the floorboards.
Now get a decent wood filler like this Everbuild High Performance Wood Filler from Amazon and fill in any small cracks, cuts and holes to help get a smooth, good-looking finish.