I finished painting the stripes on my new hardwood floor in the kitchen, and then put one coat of sealer on it. It still needs two more coats (possibly three), but I wanted to go ahead and share the results with you.
So, here’s my new striped painted kitchen floor.
Now I’ll back up and start at the beginning, because this was one of those projects where I changed my mind on a daily (hourly?) basis until I finally arrived at the finished result.
My original plan for this room was to sand down and paint the original wood floor that was here. But after an entire day of sanding, I realized that maybe keeping this old floor wasn’t the best decision. It was full of gaps, holes, and stains that I just couldn’t sand out. (Those dark lines aren’t shadows. They’re some sort of stains that wouldn’t come out of the wood.)
So last weekend, I installed new red oak hardwood floors in the kitchen. I chose this particular flooring because it’s a perfect match to the original hardwood flooring in the rest of the house (type of wood, thickness, width — everything!).
I really had my heart set on a striped painted floor, but at the same time, I was having a very hard time with the thought of painting the new gorgeous wood floor.
So I came up with a plan to mix painted stripes with natural wood stripes. That would give me the stripes I wanted, and also allow quite a bit of the natural wood to show. I used the two colors that I had originally planned (Behr Oyster for the wide stripes, and Behr Polar Bear for the narrow stripes).
I used interior flat paint for both of those colors. I didn’t prime first, and I only did one coat of paint because I wanted it to kind of soak into the wood and show the wood grain, more like an opaque stain, rather than sitting on top of the wood and covering it completely like paint.
Then I decided that I wanted to add some green to the floor, so I tested out two different green stripes. The first was right down the middle of the smaller white stripes.
Yuck. That looked awful. So then I tested out using the green to outline the wider Oyster stripes.
I liked that much better, so I taped off the edges of all of the Oyster stripes.
With the green, it looked like this.
Up until this point, I had planned on using a water based polyurethane for floors in order to keep everything light and bright, but I couldn’t get past the fact that I would have the very same floor in the music room and the kitchen (both red oak), and yet they would look so completely different, with the music room (and the rest of the house) being a really warm brown like this…
…and the kitchen being a much brighter natural wood color. That just didn’t seem right to me.
So in the end, I decided to use Waterlox on the kitchen floor as well. That would give the wood a seamless look, with the natural wood “stripes” blending with the wood in the rest of the house, and it would also warm up and tone down the painted stripes.
You can see here the difference the Waterlox made…
And that’s just the first coat. I still have two more to go, so it’ll darken the wood just a bit more so that it’ll look just like the rest of the house.
I’m very pleased with how it turned out! I really like how the Waterlox made the stripes look more aged and imperfect rather than bright, shiny and new.
*Note: Waterlox really isn’t recommended for use over latex paint. But since I used just one coat of flat paint without primer, and the paint soaked into the wood rather than sitting on top, I decided to take a chance. But just note, if you’re a Waterlox user, using it over latex paint isn’t recommended.
Of course, right now, the floor is the only decorative thing in the whole room, so it’s very much front and center and “in your face.” Once the cabinets and appliances are in, and the room is finished and decorated, the floor will fade more into the background.
Now I know that some of you were horrified that I would paint this floor, right? Well, hopefully this will make you feel better. Here’s a floor plan of my house, and all of the gray areas are the areas of my house that have red oak hardwood flooring.
And by the time that all is said and done, these are the areas that will have red oak hardwood flooring.
The only areas that won’t have wood floors are the bathrooms and the laundry/utility room.
And out of all of that, the only room that will have any paint on the floor is the kitchen. That’s just one little ‘ole room out of many. 🙂