May I interrupt this week of shiplap staining for a surprise floor redo?

September 09, 2011   //  Posted in: DIY, Flooring, Sunroom   //  By: Emily   //  21 responses
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Here’s something I bet you didn’t see coming.

A sneaky, impromptu sunroom floor redo.

Buh-bye, DIY-stenciled sunroom dots. You were fun while you lasted.

The backstory on this second-time-around-sunroom-floor-painting-balooza has to do with 4 things:

1.) Wear.
2.) Tear.
3.) Flatness.
4.) Kitchiness.

The DIY stencil that I was so happy about last winter and spring was easy to create (you can read the whole DIY stencil tutorial here). Putting the stencil to action and adding a little pizazz to the sunroom was also easy, although it took a few days. More than anything, it made for a reasonably enjoyable porch floor and topic of conversation.

Dotty edge of the sunroom.

But the flat paint wasn’t ideal. For the record, I had originally wanted a glossy sunroom floor paint to complement the glossy polyurethaned hardwood floors throughout the rest of the house, but a flat version in light gray was the only option by Glidden the day I went shopping. And I had a coupon. So naturally, I couldn’t not use it. And I was in a rush trying to get back to my ex-office after my lunch break; hurried, cheap, and anxious shoppers usually settle for what’s there.

Other things went wrong too. At one point during the summer when I was all busy making barnwood picture frames, I had accidentally glued a frame to the floor. Whoops. No damage to the frame, but there was some damage to the floor.

Whoops, the wood glue from a framing job peeled up some of the porch floor paint.

And furthermore, from a cleanliness standpoint, the flat gray always felt filthy. Furry floors are something you get used to when you have a massive dog friend who sheds 365-days a year, but for some reason it’s more noticable and grating when it’s spotlighted on flat gray porch paint (the poly’ed hardwoods definitely hide it better on days that I get lazy).

It seemed no amount of sweeping would keep the sunroom floor looking clean.

Dirty, dog-fur covered door. This was also post-sweeping. I hope you're amused.

The dots themselves, from a design standpoint, ended up looking a bit too country-kitch for me. I might have been channeling Frank from Trading Spaces circa 2000 when I thought these up, but one good thing can be said from that experience: It’s Just Paint.

Paint comes and goes, so I decided before wintertime to come up with a new sunroom floor. Of course, It meant that I needed to suck it up and invest in new porch floor paint to achieve that glossy finish of my dreams. At $25 a gallon for Valspar porch & floor paint, and a design in mind that would require me to buy both the glossy light gray and the glossy dark gray, this was a $50 project (that ended up being totally worth it to me, but keep reading on to see why). If there was no other reason to validate this splurge, the fact that I would still have 3/4 of each gallon ready for other floor-painting projects, should they arise, is pretty nice.

Glossy Dark and Light Gray Porch & Floor Paint by Valspar

The new design was going to be more sleek. Totally streamlined. More modern than scalloped pastel polka dots, and more fitting for the room adjacent to the bright gold living room with shiny hardwood floors.

I started with a new coat of the glossy light gray paint to cover the wretched flat, which I did after thoroughly power sanding off as many of the polka dots that I could, washing, and cleaning the floor.

The new coat of paint, dry in this photo, was already doing an awesome job keepin’ up it’s promise of shine, shine, shine. Oh. And you can see some of the dots texture. I’m going to try and not let that bother me, but yes, it’s subtly there.

Shiny sunroom floor.I should note that the Valspar brand of light gray floor paint was considerably darker than the Glidden light gray I used a few years ago. Not a deterrent for me, but if you’re looking for a durable floor paint in light-light gray, you might want to check out Glidden first.

Design time. We’re not sure what to call the pattern. I don’t want to rely on the general “sunburst” descriptor, but Pete likes to think that we made a compass on the floor.

Call it what you will, it’s fresh.

It involved making this template with the help of a protractor and ruler along the straight edge of a piece of paper, so that I had direction on how to evenly space the lines that would extend outward from the doorway. It took several calculating tries, the final ones flagged with the Sharpie arrows.

Floor angle template.

Sunroom floor taping of the new design.Note #1: The center point is off center from the door. That was purposeful because I liked the way it looked; a little bit less exacting seemed like it would be more fun than something perfectly centered on the doorway.

Note #2: The pieces of tape in every other triangle indicated for me which spaces were going to remain light gray in color.

Once the floor was taped, Pete suggested that because the floorboards are lightly uneven, it’d be a great idea to go over each piece of tape with the lighter base floor color that was already applied and dry.

That way, when I applied the darker paint coat in every-other triangle, there will already be a clean paint line sealing up the tape to the floor, eliminating any and all chances for the dark paint to bleed through (which we all know does happen from time to time even with Scotch Blue, even moreso with uneven surfaces or hard-to-adhere-to surfaces).

This worked fantastically, and for the first time ever, I had no spots to retouch.

It really wasn’t a hard project, and I (for once) didn’t even seem to take many photos of the easy steps; once the paint was totally dry, I removed the tape and basked in clean-line-heaven, and a more modern, clean-lined sunroom floor.

Whoa, floor stripy.

And it’s less kitchy and handmade-stencil looking, but it’s still worthy of being a topic of conversation. Not a lot angles I can take photos in that small room, so how about a nice one from the doorway?

Whoa, floor stripy.

You like?

Are you surprised?

 

Comments
  • amber perrodin
    3 years ago - Reply

    ooooh. I LOVE! Your writing style and never-ending projects amaze me! Great work my friend! VERY inspiring. I need to go paint something….

    • Emily
      3 years ago -

      Thanks Amber! You made my day. Paint on.

  • Cait @ Hernando House
    3 years ago - Reply

    I love it! Yes, a little surprised, but I think the new direction is so fun!

    • Emily
      3 years ago -

      Thanks Cait! I think so too. I’m excited to decorate.

    • Cait @ Hernando House
      3 years ago -

      I can’t wait to seeeeee! I am living vicariously through you!

    • Emily
      3 years ago -

      Haha, well don’t hold your breath. I have nothing bought or planned yet. In fact, I moved all of the run down wicker into the attic for the time being.

  • Shannon
    3 years ago - Reply

    I love this floor, it’s 100x more appealing to me this way, especially with the glossiness!

    • Emily
      3 years ago -

      YES. Agreed, Shannon! I’m especially happy with the change and glad I made the splurge on new glossy :)

  • Strep
    3 years ago - Reply

    Em-
    I love this floor! It is so pretty and geometric in a fabulous way. And I never liked Frank from Trading Spaces. He always put wooden roosters in people’s living rooms. Ugh.

    • Emily
      3 years ago -

      Thanks Strep! He seemed lovable like a grandpa but his design aesthetic never jived with me. Is he the only designer from that show not to go on to do other big things?

  • Ashley @ DesignBuildLove.co
    3 years ago - Reply

    liked the old floor… LOVE the new floor! It’s just soooo bold and fitting for you Emily! Nice redo! And hopefully they’ll stand up a littler better, which I’m sure they will!

    • Emily
      3 years ago -

      Thanks Ashley :) I will say, the porch paint did hold up trememdously except for the whole wood glue incident; it even stayed put when I was roughly sanding the dots away!

    • Heather
      3 years ago -

      I have to agree: I really liked the old, but I LOVE the new! Looks great!

    • Emily
      3 years ago -

      Thanks Heather!

  • Jami Graham
    3 years ago - Reply

    Not surprised at all!! I LOVE things all the time and a little while later need it to change. I just assumed everyone was as crazy as me! :p

    It seriously looks amazing! You did an awesome job!

    • Emily
      3 years ago -

      Thanks so much, Jami!

  • Stevie
    3 years ago - Reply

    LOVE.

    • Emily
      3 years ago -

      Thanks Stevie! Labor of LOVE.

  • Jami Graham
    3 years ago - Reply

    SCORE!! This is amazing!

  • Charles Cho
    1 year ago - Reply

    How is the gloss paint in terms of attracting dust and dog fur? Does it show up more easily on the dark or light gray? Do scratches show up more easily on the dark or light gray? I am deciding on either of those 2 grays, but want to know how dust shows up and handles chairs dragging on the floor and such. Thanks!

    • Emily
      1 year ago -

      Hi Charles – Chairs dragging on it didn’t invoke too much wear, but yes, some over the years I consider some scratches sort of inevitable, it’s all in the prep work that goes into making the floors ready for the paint. In this case, the underlying floors were already a light gray so there wasn’t much obvious show-through when scratches occurred. I suppose if it were red underlaying, it would be a different story. Our dog is mostly dark furred, and his fur showed up more on the lighter paint, but the room had to be swept regularly anyways so it was never really an issue. Light dust might be more camouflaged.

      Hope this helps!

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