Monday, 30 June 2014

Action - painting

A black floor combined with white walls and a dark-grey “contrast corner”; it looks good. A white floor that would even be better. Or so I thought after having revisited our new home before we actually moved in. Not only did I think about this “whitening”, I (with lots of help from Le Boyfriend, of course) took action and painted the “blacked” square parquet in the living room snow-white. Black out!

The result: mime pictures of me, myself and I. 

At first sight it seems like a greyscale picture, it’s only when you look closer 
that you’ll see the (camel) coloured furniture.

How do you like the transcendence from floor to wall and vice versa? 

Okay, let’s paint it white, that wooden (chess) floor. 
1)   Clean the floor, meaning: sand down the wood and if necessary remove that way the old lacquer or paint as much as possible. You can do it by hand or with a sanding machine if you want to remove all of the paint. In the paint store they might well tell you that’s not necessary but the result will be much better if you do so. (We didn’t, unfortunately.)
2)   Now wipe the floor clean with a degreaser (white spirit, for example) and have it dry for half an hour. Make sure you don’t start to paint before the floor is really dry. Also, cover your mouth and nose when you work with this dangerous chemical; inhaling the smell might make you faint. A nice scarf is perfect to prevent that kind of accidents in style.
3)    Paint the floor, using special floor paint and a paint roller. (You can use a primer as to prepare the floor for the “real” colour, or do it like us and opt for an all-in-one formula.) How many layers you have to apply? It depends on the light, how well you sanded, etc. One thing I can assure you: if the instructions say two or three layers will do, it actually means at least five layers will. We waited about 10 hours in between the “sessions” and that worked pretty well. What went wrong: we didn’t remove all the black paint, which means an extra layer that makes the authentic "chess pattern" almost disappear. Anyway, we know what to do if we (ever) decide to repaint the floor.

P.S. Do you have any painting tips?

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