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White hardwood floors

This is a great option to hide the heaviest stains and scars when replacement is not affordable or possible.

7 thoughts on “White hardwood floors

  1. We are planning to paint some super old wood floors. If I follow all of the steps that you’ve mentioned in the above comment, is it still necessary to sand the floors prior to painting?

  2. I’m planning to paint my kitchen floor. I have refinished original heart pine floors throughout the house. the kitchen floor had been patched using particle board. I have replaced the kitchen patches with “new” old boards. I had the floor professionally sanded, but there’s still a difference in the 100 yr old floor vs. the newer boards- what’s the best method to paint/whitewash these floors?

    1. Tracie, white washing and painting require two very different techniques. Put simply if you decide to paint use a high quality enamel paint made for floor traffic like Sherwin Williams Porch & Floor Enamel or similar. Also use a semi gloss or high gloss sheen to make for a more resilient finish that is also easier to clean. Prime with an oil based primer first then apply 2 good coats of paint.
      For white washing I usually water down a paint at 1:1 ratio. Apply the paint and wipe it off. Then you’ll need to seal the floors with either wax or 3-4 coats of water-based polyurethane.

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