By Debbe Daley

Thinking of a do-it-yourself project for the first long "summer" weekend? Why not attempt to decorate and enhance a wood floor in need of some rejuvenation. Add style, life and some color without the cost of refinishing.

I would suggest this project for wood floors that you don't plan on refinishing or bringing back to pristine condition. A practice attempt can be made on a roughed-up wood surface or even a back hall pantry or subfloor.

My first attempt at painting floors came with the purchase of my first condo. Dated carpeting and vinyl flooring with lifting edges in the bathroom sparked my creative juices. Having to be budget conscious, I decided to pull up the vinyl to expose the wood subfloor.

I sanded as best I could to remove the vinyl adhesive.

I began by choosing a color for the base design. There are different techniques that can be used to disguise the imperfections on the floor. Being a bit inventive and using what I had, plastic grocery bags work fantastic to add a faux finish.

Wanting a more neo-classic design for the bathroom, I chose a mustard gold color for the base. Again I used grocery bags to add texture. To achieve this, slip your hand inside the bag and pinch a contrasting paint color between your fingers. This creates "wrinkles" on the surface. Once satisfied with the look, added accents like faux veins and a black border will complete this bathroom floor masterpiece.


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Veining is easily achieved by using a watercolor paint brush. Roll the bristles in ivory paint and lay the brush flat while dragging across the floor. Using the same technique, create smaller finger veins or fracture cracks off the main vein.

Adding a border around the perimeter of the room will finish off the look of the floor. After the floor is dry, use blue painters tape to mask off a 4-inch border around the floor. I chose to paint a solid black border to contrast with the main gold color. Allow the floor to dry and move on to the final step.

Applying Varathane Floor Finish will protect the painted finish from fast wear. There are many types of floor finish that will work with your particular project application. Water-based finishes and oil-based finishes for a high gloss look in heavy-use areas are also available.

Create your own painted floor style. Stripes, diamonds, stenciling, borders and free-hand are all ways to express your creativity in your home.

Debbe Daley, owner of Debbe Daley Designs and RAW Furnishings, is an interior designer with more than 25 years of experience as a professional interior redesigner, stylist, stager, trainer and project manager. Follow her blog at blogs.lowellsun.com/daleydecor. She also blogs at debbedaley designsllc.blogspot.com.