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Even if you are doing only one color — either a light coat to let the wood grain show through or a heavy, glossy coating for maximum sleekness — you will have to add another coat or two 24 hours after your first coat dries. Sand, clean and thoroughly dry between each coat.
A charming toffee yellow and sky blue diamond pattern on an old wood floor creates an inviting cottage feel in this sitting room. A pattern such as this requires you use the lighter color as the base. Once it is dry, you can lay out your pattern with careful measuring and blue painter's tape.