Wednesday, January 27, 2010

My Painted Floor

The kitchen floor is done.
D-O-N-E.
Take a look:


Well, okay. Here's the whole truth... We still haven't moved the refrigerator back into the kitchen, so the make-shift kitchenette in the breakfast room still remains. We have a few touch-up areas, and we're still deliberating on a protective coat. (The paint peeps say we don't need one with the floor paint enamel, but it just seems like we should. Thoughts?) We haven't put back on the molding around the baseboards yet. But considering my kitchen floor isn't in it's original state any longer, or in some unfinished limbo stage in between, I'm calling it a successful (almost) completed project! I'm sure if you've hung out with me here for more than a few days, you've figured out that I don't move all too quickly in the big-decision department. I have what I've learned is called analysis paralysis. (Thanks, Ruth, for that great term!) I tend to think and rethink and consider and research and talk about and weigh my options and... Nothing ever gets done, speaking about my kitchen at least. So I am thrilled! As is my ever-so-patient husband.

Take a look at our process (pretty much followed This Old House's step-by-step, except the measuring part: we started in the middle of the floor.):


2. Paint first color over entire floor. Our choice: Sherwin Williams Porch and Floor Enamel in Van Dyke Brown.

3. Deliberate on pattern, other color, and hem-ha over the tough decisions. Cutting out poster board squares in varying sizes helped me to visualize. We decided to go with 16 inch squares laid on a diagonal in a checkerboard pattern.


4. Measure, draw, and tape off the checker board pattern. This step took quite a bit of time and math skills. Yes, that is a glass of wine in the picture because, yes, that is a head lamp and straight-edge I had to use. It took some t-i-m-e, and hey, it was a Saturday night.

5. Paint second color of Sherwin Williams Macademia. We used the method of painting over the tape, starting on the tape and dragging the brush onto the square. Then using a small roller over it all. I will say that Frog Tape is so great! (And that bright green is such a delicious color, don't you think?) We only had a few spots seep under and I think that was due to the tape job, not the tape itself.


6. Peel off the tape before the paint has dried, and I chose to pray the whole time too. It worked!

7. Brush on 2-3 coats of water-based polyurethane. We deliberated on whether or not we needed to do this step. It made a world of difference in the ease of cleaning and durability.


I really do love the way it turned out. I think if I were to redo it (which I'm not) I would choose less of a contrast between the colors, but really I'm not disappointed at all. I'm on the hunt for a fun rug to put down in front of the sink.


And now it's on to cabinets and countertops and all kinds of fun stuff. Maybe, just maybe, we'll step up the pace. We'll see... Don't hold your breath.

38 comments:

knack said...

It looks fantastic! Congrats!

xo

Blueprint Bliss said...

Erin- it looks so, so great. I know you are so glad to have that project completed.

I'm not sure about a top coat--- I guess my first thought is- it couldn't hurt anything?

I see the need for the glass of wine!

ms. less is always more said...

It looks AMAZING! Way to go girl! You and Jackie at SPPN have such inspirational overhauls posted this am!

Destination Inspiration said...

Wow Erin, that's such a big job. It looks fabulous, and you went with the brown and beige! Good choice :)

Kotori said...

Turned out great! I'm so glad you're happy with it! My thoughts... yes, in a high traffic area, I'd do a protective coat. I didn't do that when I painted the art room floors (because I actually wanted the paint to wear away some)... think about how those look. If you want the floors to stay just like this, then I would coat.

Just my two thoughts. Oh, and it looks like my tip about painting straight lines worked for you! I think I might have to do a how to on that on my blog!

paula said...

It looks fabulous! great job.

Kasey said...

looks fabulous Erin! great job.
xo

spark! (Ada-Marie) said...

Erin, Uh-Maze-Ing!!! Looks fabulous. Bravo! I am so impressed. :)

Roxana said...

really inspiring blog! worth following!

Whatever Dee-Dee wants said...

Is it possible to be in love with a floor? If so, I am! Great job!

littlebyrd said...

It turned out wonderfully!!! I love it :)

Laura@Cowboy Boots said...

awesome job!!!

Olivia said...

Wow! The floor looks wonderful!

I must admit I was skeptical of what the final result would look like but it really works! Great job!

Jenny said...

Erin, it looks amazing. I think your deliberating and research was totally worth it. It paid off!

Jackie said...

WOW. Erin it looks fabulous! And major props to you for being brave enough to do it yourself! I think I would have had a major meltdown before I even started. Really, bravo to you my friend.

Down and Out Chic said...

WAHOO, it looks awesome!!!!!!!!!!

amy and ann said...

wow. love it!!!!! love it. I want to see in person when can I caome see?!
:) amy

Charity said...

HOORAY!! Erin, it looks fabulous! Very, very nicely done!

The Wife of a Fisherman said...

omg! it looks AMAZING!!!! now i want to do our floor!!

Haven and Home said...

It looks fantastic, like a millon bucks! Love the wine in the pciture, sometimes it is necessary. I painted our bathroom floor and did not put down a protective coat. It has chipped very little but that is probably due to the fact I could have done a better job. But I am with Brooke, what could it hurt? EXCELLENT JOB!

A Perfect Peach said...

looks amazing!!

Candice Pair said...

LOVE your floor! I ran across your blog through Cowboy Boots and Baby Booties!

paige said...

yay!!
it looks awesome!!
xo

Taylor @ Jimmy Choos and a Baby Too said...

Wow that is awesome! Great job!

Together We Save said...

Wow - it looks amazing!! I love it!!

Padgett Hoke said...

ohhh, ahhh it looks so amazing! professional really! I am very very impressed!

Kristin said...

I can't believe you did that yourself. It looks amazing!

Dina said...

Looks great!

LobotoME said...

TADA! Looks great Erin!!!

Blair said...

wow--it is fabulous!!! Great work-truly. xx

Magchunk said...

It looks wonderful! I love that you did brown and cream instead of black and white. How did you pull up the tape while the floor was still wet? Was it like a lattice that you had to kind of dodge?

I'm longing to tear up the linoleum in our rental's kitchen but we don't know what is under there and I'd hate to have to replace it. So I'll just live vicariously through you!

DeeGlo said...

I'd definitely do a finish. I painted my kitchen floor and find my other finished floor easy to clean the dog hair off of

teresa-bug said...

Very impressive!!!

Jemm said...

Wow! That is so wonderful. They look awesome too. What a job that looks like and I bet you felt so good when it was finished. A load off.

Rita said...

I LOVE your newly painted floors! What courage it must have taken. You inspire me.

Rachel Elizabeth said...

This looks amazing and professionally done. Great job!

Joyce said...

WOW- the floor looks WONDERFUL!!! You both did a great job. Love it. xo

Laurie - Little Blue Chairs said...

Looks great. I love SW floor paint. I just used it in our dining and living room. We also put used a poly over the top and I agree it helps with the clean up. Love the black and white.