How to paint floorboards
Give your home a refresh with a coat of paint on your floorboards
Painting your floorboards is a simple and cost-effective way to transform any room in your home. There are many reasons why you might want to paint your floorboards. Painted floorboards are a great alternative to laminate or carpet for anyone looking to create a rustic or industrial style home. It’s also cheaper than standard flooring styles and can be easily changed later. As a result, painted floorboards are ideal if you’re not sure what look you want to go for, or you want to remove the carpets in a new home but aren’t ready to install more permanent flooring.
What kind of paint do you use on floorboards?
To get the best finish, we recommend choosing a specialist wood floor paint. These paints have been specifically designed to deal with the foot traffic, furniture movements and day to day wear your floorboards will receive.
Floorboard paint colours
Before you paint your floorboards you’ll need to choose a colour. This can have a dramatic effect on the look and feel of your home, so it’s important to get it right. Lighter colours such as white and light grey will make a room feel brighter, but will show scuffs and dirt. Darker colours can make a room feel warm and cosy, but could create a gloomy atmosphere if there isn’t adequate natural light. It’s also important to consider how the floor colour will interact with your walls and furniture.
How to paint floorboards
- Prepare the room
- Repair damaged floorboards
- Sand the floor
- Cut in the edges
- Paint the rest of the room
1. Prepare the room
2. Repair damaged floorboards
Do I need to fill in gaps between floorboards before painting?
You don't need to fill in the gaps between your floorboards before painting them. Filling them in will bring a different aesthetic to your floor and can prevent dust buildup in the gaps, but it isn't necessary.
3. Sand the floorboards
Whether you’re sprucing up your floorboards or carrying out some maintenance, consider hiring a floor sander for your next project.
4. Cut in the edges
Do you need to prime floorboards before painting?
Whether you need to prime your floorboards largely depends on the type of floor paint you’ve chosen. Before applying your first coat, check the paint tin to see if a coat of primer is required.
5. Paint the rest of the room
Top tip: floor stencils
If you want to add a personal touch to your floor, try adding a pattern using a tile stencil.