If you’re selling your home but you don’t want to spend a fortune on all-new flooring, you may be able to paint your floor instead—and save money in the process.
According to This Old House, it should cost about $75 to paint the old, worn-out hardwoods in a 10-by-10 room, and it’ll take about three hours. Not bad for a DIY job!
Just make sure you check with your Realtor® if you plan to sell your home. You may not need to make this type of upgrade; worse, it could end up costing you more in the long run.
How to Paint the Floor in Your Grand Junction Home
There’s a three-step process to properly paint your floors, including priming and painting with two coats. Before you do anything, plan an escape route; the last thing you want is to literally paint yourself into a corner.
Floor-Painting Step 1: Prime the Floor
Talk to the paint pros at your local home improvement store to find out which type of primer is best for the type of wood on your floors. You absolutely must use primer—it will seal out stains, odors, or mildew, and at the same time, it’ll make sure the paint bonds properly.
Make sure the primer is completely dry before you begin painting.
Floor-Painting Step 2: Start Painting the Edges
Use an angled sash brush to paint a 3-inch by 3-foot strip along the edge of the room farthest from the door. Do the side walls, and save the wall the door is on for last.
Floor-Painting Step 3: Paint the Rest of the Floor
After you’ve done the strip all the way around the room, switch to a paint roller. Use a zigzag pattern to paint 3-foot by 3-foot sections all at once, and don’t forget to overlap new sections over wet edges of older sections.
You’ll need to apply two coats of paint, so repeat Steps 2 and 3 once the first coat has dried.
Floor Painting Tip: Don’t Use Too Much Pressure
Don’t press down on the paint roller. If you push too hard, the coverage will be too thin. If you roll too lightly, you’ll end up with thick patches of paint in some spots, and those can crack when it dries. Just let the weight of the roller do its job; don’t press or try to go too lightly.
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