Tuesday, October 26, 2010

This old house . . .

I live in a home that is 120 years old. The upstairs floors are wood, but have been left unfinished. When we moved in there was this terrible orange and brown and white shag carpet that was badly damaged from the years our house was a frat house. (oh if these walls could talk) I yanked that crap up in the first week while we were still renting. I had grand plans to sand and finish the floors, but they were pretty far gone and I could not spend the money at the time. (or not) I bought some commercial grade carpet that does not need to be stretched and cut it to fit the hallway and the stairs. In the bedrooms I used area rugs. Not too many people go upstairs so I didn't really care.

About 3 months ago I decided it was time to rip up the carpet and live with the unfinished floors. They were bad, but at least they had been unfinished so long that they were easy to clean with my steam mop even though they were unsealed. I bought long runners which quickly got the boot since all I ever did was trip over them and the dogs used them to poop on.

Since I made my doggie door a few weeks ago, I thought it was time to address the hallway floor. I briefly considered sanding and staining, but once again, not really anyone goes up there and I figured it was not worth the time or effort. I went and bought some porch floor paint and gave it a good coat. I know I should be ashamed, but really they were pretty bad.

I bought some pre-tinted paint because the paint department was super busy and I figured dark brown would work good anyway. I really like it and it almost matches the trim, I think I may go ahead and paint the trim also just to freshen it up. It covered really well, (I used way less than a quart of paint) and I may just do the parts of the floor that is not covered by the rugs in the kids rooms. I think I will give it al little time to make sure it holds up. This is the same paint I used on my porch floor outside and that lasts well over a year in the elements and with constant wear and tear, so I hope we are golden.

I love a freshly painted room. Everything seems so clean . . .and this floor looks really fresh and clean . . . for $23. Yay!

1 comment:

:)De said...

That looks great. Seemed easy enough with a nice, clean result.