Aug 15, 2017

Whether you have wooden floorboards that aren’t in good enough condition to stain or varnish; or if it’s time to freshen them up with a new coat of paint, our Floorboard Paint is a great way to give your whole room a lift.

You’ll be amazed at the difference freshly painted floorboards will make - choose a white or off-white colour to really brighten up the room. Without the need to prime first, it’s easier than you think.

Specially designed to withstand the wear and tear that a floor receives, our Floorboard Paint will stand-up to flaking, peeling and chipping as well as to spills and stains.

Step 1 - Prepare

Before you start, completely clear the room - especially of all the furniture and anything else that’s in contact with the floor. This will give you a completely clear floor which will be easier to paint. Don’t try and move furniture as you go - painting bit-by-bit will only take longer.

No matter what state your floorboards are in, you’ll need to make sure there aren’t any nails sticking out. If there are, just use a hammer and punch to knock them in. Fix holes, splits or any dents with a wood filler and then give any rough bits a quick sand to ensure a smooth surface. Then, give the surface a good sweep and mop until it’s clean. Detergent and water should be fine but try adding bleach if there’s mold or mildew.

Allow the floorboards to completely dry before you start painting.

Step 2 - Paint

You can paint the floor using a brush, roller or pad. A long-handled roller is a good idea so you don’t get boxed in. We recommend using a mini-roller (just like you would use for painting behind radiators) as that will help avoid getting the paint in between the floorboards.

A roller or brush will have a different effect; a roller will leave a slightly stippled effect whilst a brush will leave brush marks. A paint pad is better for a smoother finish. 

We suggest you start with the edges first, using a brush to cut in a few centimetres. Then, tackle the main floor space.

Start in the furthest from the door and work your way towards it (to avoid painting yourself into the corner). Evenly coat your brush or roller and simply paint onto the floorboards, following the direction of the grain. Start at a point away from you and bring the brush or roller towards you. Paint small areas at a time, taking care to blend where they meet. Don’t overload your brush or roller and wipe of excess paint each time.

Leave the paint to dry - it’ll probably take about 12 hours - and apply a second coat if needed. One coat should be enough, depending on the look you want to achieve. If your floorboards are in good shape and you’d like to the wood grain to show through, one coat should be fine. But, if you’ve got blemishes to cover, we’d recommend a second coat.