The first step is to sand your floor lightly and then clean it well. Once you do so, use primer to lay a base and wait 24 hours for it dry completely. Then, for maximum durability, paint your primed floor with oil-based exterior-grade paint. Work from the back of the room and paint your way out to the door. Simple white floors are becoming very popular; you can stop with just that one color if you like.
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.
This gingham plaid pattern is so inventive for a painted floor. As long as the the paint coats are kept thin, this pattern seems relatively easy to achieve.
Another plaid pattern in shades of gray is perfectly coordinated to the painted millwork cabinetery on the far wall.
A cute idea is to paint alternating stripes using the wood planks as your guide. No measuring, no painters tape. So easy.
In my opinion, painted wood floors start to look their best after some wear. When the paint has chipped and grown thin in spots, it seems to have been part of the house for a very long time.
Personally, I am drawn to the look of the same paint color extending from the floor to the wall. The wall paneling and chevron pattern floor adds enough visual interest and texture to the room so that it doesn't feel flat and boring. Having some striking furniture and colorful fabric pop in the room's center would create a memorable effect in such a room.
If you are painting a bathroom floor, consider using marine paint (the same as used on boats) to handle the moisture that is especially rough on wood.
If you have a steady hand and loads of time, consider a custom- painted checkerboard floor. Let your artistic flair shine.