September 17, 2009

Kitchen Painted Floor: Another Cautionary Tale

We've been working hard on pullin' the kitchen together.   Lots and lots of posts coming up!  We divided up the 'to do' list, and I'm in charge of painting and sealing the floor. ........Or is it in charge of me?

Remember, the floors were sanded and prepped with one coat of oil-based sanding sealer.  I then vacuumed and tack-clothed the floors and applied - over two days -  three thin coats (THIN coats are very important!) of latex floor paint (from Clark Paint) in Benjamin Moore Dorset Gold.  Love the color.  Love. 

But........... (you knew that was coming, right?)  I don't love gaps between the boards.  The dark lines between the boards have a very 'cottage-y' effect, while all the photos of painted floors I like show very tight boards with a consistent color and uniform glossy surface.
The photo above shows the 'country cottage' effect.  Not terrible, right?  But not great.

We thought about applying caulk to the nail holes and between all the boards. We wondered if the soft pine floors would contract and expand a lot, making caulk between the boards irrelevant, so I called Clark Paint to ask for advice.  They suggested a very high-quality paintable caulk between the boards.  They didn't think floors would expand and contract too much.   They recommended DAP (I think that's the brand name?) 35 year latex caulk.  Then ANOTHER EFFING coat of paint to cover the caulk, THEN the polyurethane.

I keep thinking 'a thing worth doing is worth doing well', but I have to say: the thought of crawling around on my hands and knees caulking all those floorboard makes me want to cry a little.  I think I'm just tired of not having a kitchen.  I'll feel so much better when there is a hooked up stove out of which something warm can come.

12 comments:

  1. What about wood putty for the cracks?

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  2. red threshold! My other house has red thresholds and I love them.

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  3. That's funny about the cracks - I painted my original pine plank floor two weeks ago (couldn't be saved enough to stain, makes me sad). Anyway, I like the cracks since I want it to look like a painted WOOD floor, rather than a solid surface floor like concrete or something. I painstakingly removed crud and sawdust from the cracks so that they would show better. I loved how the floor turned out, so much better than the nasty layers of linoleum.

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  4. red thresholds are just the kinds of things that give a home character. Keep them!

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  5. Lots of work, and it looks great! Nice and bright and clean, I think the cracks look fine, and I love the color! Like Megan said, it's a wood floor. Throw down a few scatter rugs, and it'll look terrific.

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  6. Hey Megan! If you have a blog - I'd love to follow it! Let me know! I'd also love to see before and after pics! E-mail me at holyokehomeblog@gmail.com

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  7. I'm with Megan. I grew up in a house with painted wood floors and the cracks between the boards were so much cooler than a solid surface ...

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  8. Hi. We've got two dogs and they're doing a number on our pine plank floors. Just curious how your painted floors are holding up. I'm particularly interested to hear how the caulking is working.

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  9. Hi there, I did this in my house too. I caulked the floor with with dap and the result was good especially on the upper floor, still to see the result downstairs as this floor is just above the basement where's there's more moisture...may expand/shrink more who knows. That being said the result was good upstairs. One note, if you ever want to sand down your floors later, I would use a brown DAP colour. When I did the upstairs I did it in white, but then decided to sand, so had to do it all over in brown...looks great now with varethane coat. So working downstairs I caulked in brown, but just painted brick red in case I ever decide to sand again. Hope this helps.

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  10. Another thing to consider is that cracks can sometimes allow for more air flow from downstairs upward or through the floor and walls....caulking not a bad idea considering

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  11. Hi, love your floor. Just painted our kithcen floor with 4 coats of Farrow and Ball floor paint (brilliant paint)and painstakingly caulked the gaps between the boards after the first coat but left many of the nail donls and other indentations as we wanted it to look slightly distressed. Them masked and painted a pattern border around the edge, once dry rubbed back the to reveal the base colour to give it a more distressed look.

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  12. the cracks would have been less noticeable if a darker color was used.
    I've seen floors painted that had no cracks and i like the cracks better :P they add character.

    i just saved a pic of a floor where they painted it in 3 shades of green, light medium dark, using each strip of flooring. It gave me an idea to paint my floors in 3 colors using paint colors that mimic natural wood tones. Am going to sand and refinish 3 bedroom floors that are in good shape. The kitchen has vinyl which i want to change to wood, knock out the wall so it opens to the livingroom. so the wood floors would flow better. I can't afford to put in new floor in livingroom and hall...they are over 50 years old, narrow boards wide cracks, carpet over now..when the carpet is removed there's going to be glue from old carpet squares from the 70's...the planks are oak and each plank is cupped. Really didn't want to sand because it won't look good refinished because of the planks shrunk thus the wide cracks.

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