January 24, 2011

Another Reader Question Answered: Painted Floors

A year and one half ago,  I started this here home and garden blog. Our first home improvement project? A row house kitchen renovation.  As part of that project, I painted the pine floors in the kitchen.  A kind reader recently asked about our painted pine floors - how they holdin' up? Especially with four skittery little Boston Terrier feet?

**An aside about dog feet: we don't take vacations often, but when we do and we kennel Morgan, my heart aches for the echo-y sound of his little tippy toes tearing up our floors. Particularly the sounds he makes going down the stairs: tip tip tip tip tip tip tip tip tip WHOMP!**
My answer to the floor question? Okay I guess. They are CERTAINLY showing wear and tear. LOTS OF IT. But the damage is kind of like that song, "From A Distance," where you can't see all the brutality unless you're up close.

Before I painted the floor, I spent a lot of time on my hands and knees caulking between the pine boards. I am SO GLAD I did - because I can only imagine what it would look like if I hadn't.

I'm also still really happy with the color. It's bright and cheery without being saccharine, and the muddiness of the color hides a lot of dirt (Dorset Gold by Benjamin Moore). So overall, I've really happy with the painted floor.

As always, I WELCOME your questions!

10 comments:

  1. Love the dorset gold. I've spec'd it on projects at work. The floors look great. Wear n Tear is just another word for charm right?

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  2. Thanks for answering my question. We've got two Labrador Retrievers in our 140 year old house with pine plank flooring upstairs and a pine staircase. If I had the time I'd take a picture of our floors - but I'm also too embarrassed. The dogs have really done a number on them. There's still lots of life in the dogs so I think I'll wait before putting the effort into painting any floors as it sounds like touchups will be necessary. We've thought about refinishing the floors but our poor old house has a very pronounced arch in it due to uneven settlement (it's on the main floor floor and on the second story floor - imagine the fun our dogs have chasing balls that never stop rolling) and the thought of running a sander over that arch makes me cringe.

    Again, thanks for the update.

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  3. I gave serious thought to painting the plywood flooring here (no hard wood floors :( ) but couldn't get any takers from the rest of the family. The wear factor was the biggest question. Now I really wish I had done it.

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  4. I remember the sound of little doggie feet coming down our stairs too. Especiall the "WHOMP!"at the end! ^_^ The things you miss...*shaking my head*

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  5. i love this color so much that i am thinking about coming up there and moving in with you. not that i've been invited.
    what kind of paint did you use, beyond the brand and color?

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  6. My Husband's office (he's a Chiropractor)is in an old victorian home. The downstairs was turned into the office part and the upstairs is a huge apartment. We lived above the office for 4 years. That was 1981.. My Mother-in-law and I redid the hardwood floors in the livingroom. That was some job! My son lives up there now and those floors look as good as the day we finished them. It's amazing how well they've held up. It's amazing how well an old home can last when given loving care. Too bad it's so expensive to redo and up keep these beauties. I commend you!

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  7. I love the color. You caulked between the boards? You can't tell in that photo. They are looking good!

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  8. I really like the color but I am always afraid of painting the floors. The paint still looks great from the photo!

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  9. My grandparents had a cottage up on the beach in maine with gray painted floors. It was perfectly imperfect all the time and I loved it. I think yours have that same feeling! <3 sorry about the homies!! I tried!!

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  10. Oh I think it would be beautiful to see some of that gold in there, I bet it would warm up the room and be a lovely compliment to your color scheme!

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