Wednesday, August 6, 2014

Oh Yes I Did Paint My Wood Floors, Thank You Very Much!

Look what I did!!!  Yep, I painted and distressed my wood floors and I LUV, LUV, LUV them!!



As I mentioned in my last post Mr. Flower Child and I have been doing some updates to the ol' family homestead.  One thing that I have been wanting to do for a while was paint and distress my wood floors.  I did not realize when we moved in about 10 years ago what bad shape they were in.  The people who lived here prior had a lot of furniture so I did not realize how scratched up they were until it was all gone.  Of course over the past ten years they have deteriorated even more.  Here's a close up so you can see how bad they were in some places:



I had suggested painting and distressing them a while back, but Mr. Flower Child wasn't real keen on the idea.  Then I went to the flooring store one day to see about having a rug made for his showroom and guess what they were selling, um hum, white distressed wood flooring.   Yeah, I know it takes the world a few years to catch up with me!  ha!  Of course, after Mr. Flower Child found out they were selling it at the store, THEN it was okay for me to paint the floors (I will refrain from commenting any further on that!) My only hold-back was top coating them.  I knew if I used polyurethane then we would have to leave the house for a few days because there is no way to get from the back of our house where all the bedrooms are located to other side where all the living spaces are located.  Then one day I was reading a Facebook post by the sweet Laura at The Ironstone Nest about the floors they had done in their new store.  They were really neat, they used plywood and milk paint!  but what really caught my attention was that she finished them off with Miss Mustard Seed HEMP OIL!!  That got my wheels to turning, 'cause if I could use hemp oil, then we wouldn't have to move out for several days, and that also meant I could do them in sections!  Oh yaaayyy!!  So this is what we did:

First I mixed up a large batch of homemade chalk paint.  (Ok, sorry, I thought I had written down the measurements to share, and I probably did, but only the Big Man upstairs knows where I put them...) First we "cut in" with a brush, then we rolled on two coats (the photo below shows one coat), just like painting a wall:



Here it is after the two coats have dried.  I had originally planned to randomly stencil a really large damask design, but Mr. Flower Child asked me not too (but who knows, if I ever get finished painting this house a gazillion years from now he might just come home one day to find a random damask here or there... *wink*wink*)





Then I got out my handy dandy little palm sander and I sanded it.  Uh huh, I said my handy dandy little palm sander.  Uh huh, on my hands and knees.  (I could not have done this without knee pads!!)  Yes, there is probably something larger that you can use, but I am too impatient to go to the store and find out.  I also felt like it would be too strong and would probably take too much off.  At this point Mr. Flower Child asks if I really want to distress it because he really likes the floor the way it is, but I knew it would be too difficult to maintain it weren't distressed.  I knew the first scratch was coming sooner rather than later and that it would be more difficult to keep clean.  To be honest, the sanding really didn't take that long, but it did make a HUGE mess!  There was dust EVERYWHERE!!  It didn't bother me because everything needed to be wiped off and cleaned anyway and this was a sure fire guarantee that it would actually get done!  


Now here is a little tip.  When rolling it on don't be all nice and neat.  Mr. Flower Child is a lot little OCD and so he rolled it on in nice little neat rows.  Well when the rows overlap and then you sand, it looks like this (see where the paint is darker in one spot, well it looks like that all the way across the room, but I've sanded in places so it doesn't look like a "row"):



Luckily it isn't that noticeable in the whole scheme of things, but when I painted the other side of the room I made sure to roll it on in random patterns as opposed to nice neat little rows.  There are still areas where it overlaps, but it is not in nice little neat rows all the way across the room.


Once I finished sanding I swept and vacuumed really good, and then I applied the hemp oil.  Now, I did not use Miss Mustard Seed Hemp Oil (although I have used it on furniture and I really like it!), but the closest retailer to me is about 40 minutes away, and I knew they did not stock the hemp oil in gallon sizes.  It is also a location that the person who sells the MMS products is not actually there so I knew I would not be able inquire about ordering a larger size, so I went to my local health food store and bought a different brand.  I don't know about all brands, but the Nutivia brand says it is "raw organic unrefined hempseed oil" so I thought I'd give it a shot.  I'm thinking hempseed oil is hempseed oil, right?  The really good part is it was about half the price as the MMS brand!  Not knocking MMS, but any time I can save some money, well, a girl's gotta do what a girl's gotta do!  I would also like to say that you can order the MMS Hemp Oil in the gallon size from Laura at The Irsonstone Nest.  She is very helpful and more than happy to help you (and had I not been so impatient I could have gotten it from her)!  After sweeping and vacuuming I just poured the hemp oil on my mop and "mopped" my floor with it.  



After applying it I flipped my mop over to the dry side and went over it to remove any excess oil.



And that groovy people is that!  The great thing about the hemp oil besides it being 100% natural is that you can walk on it immediately with socks!  and then with shoes after about 24 hours!  I was able to move everything back the next day and then painted the other side of the room.   





We absolutely love it!  and so has everyone who has seen it.  We did it about a month ago and so far I haven't had any problems.  I did get a little nervous the first time I mopped and it got really splotchy.  I thought "oh crap!  don't tell me I'm gonna have to get down on my hands and knees and scrub this every time I mop!" (there were a few choice words I can't repeat that were also running through my mind)  but then I sprayed some Clorox Clean-Up and mopped and it was just as pretty and clean as before!

Alright groovy people, I'm outa here for now, but I got lots of things in the works so hope to be back soon! 

Peace-n-Luv!
Debbie



41 comments:

  1. Those look so pretty. Love love love!!

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    1. Thank you Ashley! We luv them too!

      Peace,
      Debbie

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  2. Debbie,
    Oh my goodness...they look OUTSTANDING!!! Now, just sit back and enjoy them.

    Blessings,
    Linda

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    1. Thank you Linda! Wish I had time to sit back and enjoy them, but you know how life is, busy, busy, busy!

      Peace,
      Debbie

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  3. Yes you did paint your floors and they look awesome!!! I even showed my hubby and he was very impressed. Wow! That's a lot of work but it really paid off. You are very brave and motivated. I'm in awe!

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    1. You are sweet! but I must say that I didn't have much to lose, they really looked awful and I couldn't afford new ones so this was my only option really. I'm just glad they came out like the vision in my head!!

      Peace,
      Debbie

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  4. This is gorgeous! Hmmmm, wonder if it would work with pale grey...

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    1. Thank you! I think gray would be beautiful!! I had planned to do my damask stencil in gray (don't tell my hubby, but I might still do that!! Of course, he wouldn't be surprised, he's kinda used to me just doing whatever I want - haha!)

      Peace,
      Debbie

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  5. This is so pretty!I love it. Question... Does the oil attract dust at all? I am thinking of the pound or so of dog hair my Jack sheds each day.

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    1. Hi Tricia! No, the oil dries within a day or so. It seeps into all the pores and seals it as it dries. I have three cats so I can definitely relate about the pet hair.

      Peace,
      Debbie

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  6. Debbie, this is phenomenal! I'm gonna keep this mind for our condo. I've never liked those floors, but didn't want to go to the expense or trouble to replace. These are awesome !

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  7. Oh my stars! This is amazing! I love that you have the guts to try new things, and look how FABULOUS it turned out! Good for you!!!

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  8. Your floors look fantastic. I am planning to do black and white squares in my foyer and front hall pretty soon, and I am glad to find out about the hemp oil. I was not crazy about the idea of using a poly sealer as I have had that peel up before, even on a chalk-painted floor.

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  9. This is AH-MAY-ZING!!! It's definitely a great solution for well worn floors. I love a distressed look. Your floors make my heart sing. You gave so many great tips and if you find that recipe for the chalk paint, please let us know that too. (Wait, is that asking too much?) What an inspiration your space. Your whole room is so inviting. Wonderful, wonderful job.

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  10. Absolutely beautiful! How is the chalk paint holding up? I know you want any natural distress to add to the beauty, but is too much of the paint coming off in high traffic areas? Do you think you'll hit it with the hempseed oil periodically? Thanks!

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  13. I'm not sure what I think about this look. It looks pretty old but, I kind of like it with the other white wood on the furniture. Do you have any other ideas that I could look at see if they work? http://www.parkerfloorcovering.com/team

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  14. Your new floors look beautiful! I appreciate the tip about not being too OCD when rolling on the floors. I know that if I were to do this to my floors, I will want to make sure I'm doing it as perfectly as possible. Did you decide to remodel your floor like this because it would be easier to maintain or is just for aesthetic purposes? In any case, do you know what kind of upkeep would be needed for this kind of flooring? Thank you for your tutorial! http://www.westwoodflooring.com

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  15. Hi we have unfinished 6" knotty pine tong and groove 3/4 planks in our house and are thinking of doing what you did... Any thoughts?
    Thanks again for great blog!

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  16. Hi! I know I'm late, but I'm hoping you'll see this and help me out. Would "only" using he oil protect the paint from dog claw scratches?? Makes me nervous not using a floor laquer, but I'd love to not have to. I know yours are distressed so it would help hide them if the dog did scratch, but I may not distress mine at all or maybe not as much. What do you think?

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  17. Hi! I know I'm late, but I'm hoping you'll see this and help me out. Would "only" using he oil protect the paint from dog claw scratches?? Makes me nervous not using a floor laquer, but I'd love to not have to. I know yours are distressed so it would help hide them if the dog did scratch, but I may not distress mine at all or maybe not as much. What do you think?

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  18. Hi! I know I'm late, but I'm hoping you'll see this and help me out. Would "only" using he oil protect the paint from dog claw scratches?? Makes me nervous not using a floor laquer, but I'd love to not have to. I know yours are distressed so it would help hide them if the dog did scratch, but I may not distress mine at all or maybe not as much. What do you think?

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  19. That's great information. Thanks for sharing this blog. I did a search and found your blog and glowing review. It's been a big help! Thanx!
    Everything I fully expected of these tools. Great review!

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  20. I am so thankful for this information. I wanted to paint some laminated pieces but wanted to make sure it wouldn't peel and looked professional. I actually wanted a color similar to what you used so now I feel really confident taking on this project and hope my finished product looks as good as yours

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  21. Congratulations! You did a really good job. I love the color. I'm doing some research on painting, too. I have some old things and I want to paint them. But I'm not good at painting and I have no idea.

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  22. I've been trying to find a good example of white floors. The people who lived here before painted the floors white (I think as a cheap way to hide the beat up wood). But it is wearing horribly. Distressing has been a thought, but I was wondering if I should polurethane it so that it's shiny. The dull, white paint they used is awful. Does the oil have a shine?

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    1. i Agree with u , i think u have exp in this job. plate joiner

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  23. Great work, I bet it seemed like a daunting task at the time but you've clearly done such a good job!

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  24. You have really done the brilliant work on this type of flooring!! I’m looking forward for more, hope you will never disappoint me.straight from the source

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  25. You have really done the brilliant work on this type of flooring!! I’m looking forward for more, hope you will never disappoint me.straight from the source

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  26. I have actually read a lot of your blog posts in the last hour. I really enjoy what you are doing here. (And as a writer of fantasy novels, I'm enjoying looking at different aspects of that when you go through them in blog post). And truly, I love world-culture building

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  27. Amazing! There is new idea! My house is also wooden floor. After reading your article, i think that i should also try painting! Thanks the author!

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  28. Debbie -
    Love, love, love the floor...just bought a house and was debating, tear them up or refinish. You just gave me my answer. This is what I will plan to do! Now, question for you: two years later, how do they look? Any advice for me with all that hindsight?

    Oh, and what are you doing the first week of June? LOL...

    Best, Roberta

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  29. I have old wood floors, i want to repaint it but i've never done that. Thank for sharing some useful informations about it.

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  30. Ouch, your knees must've hurt after sanding the floors! I remembered when I used my random orbit sander for the floors and my back ached after that - I badly needed a massage after!

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  31. Flooring is very much essential and crucial for our house; therefore we should choose the best ever flooring option which looks amazing and attractive. But to get the attention of viewers; we should paint our floor with attractive colors matching to the walls and roofs. Here in this above article also we have found paints on wooden floors; it looks different and amazing.
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  33. In order to extend the working life of solid wood furniture, you have to polish furniture with wax at fixed periods, about every three months. Before polishing with wax, you have to carefully check whether the painted surfaces is good or not.
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  34. Do you have the ingredient list for the chalk paint? I have many floors that need to be done... thanks!

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