• Home Makeover,  The Home

    My Hand Painted Checkered Floors

    I can hardly believe I painted my own floors. Crazy, right? With Annie Sloan Chalk Paint actually. It was surprisingly easy once we wrapped our wits around it. This is the traditional way that most DIYers will share on how to paint checkered floors, but I have to confess that my husband had a quicker way that we ended up using when we painted checkered squares in the kitchen which actually took 4 hours from taping the floor to the first coat of polyurethane.  But this post doesn’t cover that method. You can find that one here. The main difference between these two methods is the taping process.  Supplies & Materials:…

  • Home Makeover,  The Home

    Hand Painted Wide Stripe Floors

    Wow! I painted my floors myself! And you know what? It was surprisingly easy. Creating wide stripes is super easy and creates a casual elegance that is just plain yummy. Here’s what you’ll need to get started: Supplies & Materials Pencil T-Square Scotch Brand 3M Painter’s Tape 9″ Paint Rollers Painter’s Trays Padco Floor Trim Pads (Floor Sealer Applicator) Annie Sloan Decorative Chalk Paint (Old White and French Linen) Varathane High Traffic Floor Finish in Satin Finish So, here you go. A nice blank canvas, and a lovely idea of how you want those floors to look. Step 1: Paint the Base Coat Color I painted the floor a base…

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    My DIY Hand Painted Floors

    What do you do when you have a small budget and 1100 square feet that need new flooring? Why, you paint them, of course. That wasn’t my original plan, but I’m so happy I did! When I had my hardwood floors pulled up, my intent was to restore the terrazzo underneath. However, it turns out that walls were removed at one point, and the floor beneath was unsalvageable. I needed a Plan B, and it needed to be inexpensive, non-toxic, eco-friendly and durable. I’d been spending a ridiculous amount of time on Pinterest finding inspiration and ideas for my kitchen and floors, and my creative side was churning through possibilities. I’d…

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