Several of you have been asking us to explain how to paint and distress floors! Our lead designer, Sarah Martin, gives us a rundown on how she made these big changes in her home.
“Before we started, we stained our floors a darker color. We used ‘Classic Gray.’
Next, we painted three coats of Sherwin Williams Porch & Floor Paint. We had the paint color matched to all of the millwork in ‘White Dove’ (Benjamin Moore).
If you wanted to, you could stop here! But, we decided to distress the floors to reveal the stained wood beneath…adding character and the charm of a 100-year-old farmhouse.
Distressing is the hardest part. The key is to distress in a way that makes it look natural…like it’s a floor that’s been walked on for 100 years. It takes a little practice & a good sanding tool. My favorite is the DeWalt palm sander.
Lastly, we put 2 coats of a water based matte polyurethane to protect our hard work! It is very important that it is water based. An oil-based poly will turn the paint yellow. 🤣 We don’t want that!!
Before we turned in for the night, we made the last square extra special. 💕 My kids will always be standing at the kitchen sink with me…well under a cute, striped rug! 😉”
If you’re interested in seeing these floors in REAL life, we’ll be showing them during the Mama’s Happy market this fall. Details to come!