5 Inspiring Ways to Update Your Wood Floors with Paint

An alternative to replacing existing materials, painted floors can breathe new life into tired or dull wood. Read on for five techniques to upgrade your whole room starting from the ground up.


20 Beat up wood planks or stains can be a real downer for the wood flooring lover. Help create consistency by choosing an all-over color to unify the space or disguise floorboards which have withstood the test of time but have seen better days. If painting your floors makes you nervous, dip your toe in the paint pond with a soft, neutral color. Regardless of your choice in hue, start the process with a good primer like Kilz. Kilz Primer And Sealer, $8, The Home Depot


23 Painting your floors in a high-gloss finish can help add a new texture and dimension to an otherwise static space. Try a color in areas with an otherwise subdued palate or opt for white to create a bright but serene base. Valspar Gallon Interior/Exterior Gloss Porch and Floor Paint, $26, Lowe's


28 A tried and true classic pattern, don't limit yourself to striped rugs and textiles. By painting your floors in long strips of alternating colors, you can help visually add length to an otherwise stout space. Stick to two colors for a timeless look or alternate more for a playful feeling. To ensure your lines are straight and prevent any bleeding, use a good painters tape and make sure it is firmly adhered before applying your first coat. FrogTape Painter's Tape, $7, Uline


3 To really increase the visual punch of your room, go all out with a graphic pattern in two or more colors. This has the potential to be a real scene stealer, so try to avoid area rugs or runners if you opt for this look. Consider using a stencil to make the painting process easier. Cheetah Spots Wall Stencil, $42, Royal Design Studio


Untitled 12 Crave the look of a marble entry but stone just isn't in the budget? Use paint to create the look of the richly veined real thing. Alternately, if you love the look of a classic french parquet floor, but your wood is more log cabin than chateau, a painted look is a much more budget-friendly alternative. Marble Faux Finishing Kit, $161, Pardon Faux Finishes
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