Wood Floor Makeover – Paint or Not?

Wood Floor Makeover – Paint or Not?

Let's talk wood floor makeovers, shall we? In particular PAINTED wood floors. Unquestionably, the one pictured above needed resuscitation, and the after is certainly head-turning. But looking at a painted floor and living with a painted floor are two different things. What do you think? Are painted wood floors divine or--if budget allows--is sanding and sealing the way to go? 

created at: 05/07/2012

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Ashley G. on Aug 31, 2014:

I can see maybe years ago or depending on how old you are, you would want to refinish, but with the amazing artists out there and all the beautiful creations I've seen people creating with painting the floors just makes it so much more unique in so many ways. I restore houses for people who can't afford a lot but are very creative and some of these houses under 50k are absolute masterpieces! I myself purchased our house knowing it was deemed unliveable and we did everything on our own spending less than $100 total per room and we owe about $30k on the mortgage but just had it appraised for $200k and we haven't touched the outside. I say if you're a creative person and can paint, spend less than $20 on paint and polyurethane rip up the icky carpet and make that floor look like a shiny black piano like I think I'm gonna be doing in a room of our house. It's one of the few original rooms from 1930 with the real hardwood. Also if you absolutely have to have it "wood looking" it's worth checking out the laminate planks. That sounds awful to some ppl but we did our whole kitchen in it only cost $150 and everyone that comes thru thinks it's real wood. Some of the laminate is amazing quality at flooring outlet stores. If anyone is still on the fence after reading thru here, google "painted hardwood floors" and the designs are very easy but look so expensive and you'll know you'll have an absolute original!

Anonymous on Aug 28, 2014:

I pulled up carpet in our new home to find wood floors that had been painted twice. I had to dump paint thinner out and crawl around on my hands and knees with a razor blade trying to get the paint up. (still couldnt get it all up) We went through two sanders and about nearly 50 sanding pads. The white looks nice but its not an easy job getting that up. 

Dayna on Jun 29, 2014:

I just pulled my carpet up because I have COPD and really bad allergies and I found hardwood underneath it. do I need to sand it before I paint & then put polyurethane coating on to seal it?

Hayley on Jul 05, 2013:

What make of paint is this ? matt or gloss ? 


Anonymous on Mar 29, 2013:

I have found that either hard wood floors or painted floors are the way to go. Carpets are impossible to keep clean and if they are wall to wall expensive to replace every couple of years, which you have to do, because they are basically germ collectors. With wood floors (paited or not) you can santitize them every month and not worry what kind of bateria may be growning on them. One has to wonder how much the current epidemic of allergies children and adults are experiencing is due to the unsanitary conditions wall to wall carpet in homes have created. 

Anonymous on Dec 27, 2012:

I think this was a creative way to freshen up the room until floors can be replaced properly. I think it has a shabby chic look to them.

DIY Maven on May 18, 2012:

@DM...Never thought of that. Good point.

DesigningMom on May 17, 2012:

I'd have waited until I could have replaced them. I just can't see cracks in floors as being clean. Ever. Maybe if they'd have filled the cracks first.....? Maybe.


Anonymous on May 14, 2012:

When I lived in Oak Ridge Tenn, in one of the original government built homes, the floors were abysmal even if they were wood. I finally talked my housemate into letting me paint the old floors black. What an incredible difference it made! The gloss of the paint reflected plenty of light, the uniform look of fresh paint took the whole place up a notch. That was years ago and the last time I was in the house the floors still looked good!

Lizzie on May 08, 2012:

I must herald the lowly paited floor...We are in the middle of an extensive renovation & we are doing it ALL, and living in the midst of it.  Time and money are precious these days, but I couldn't stand looking at the old mismatched linoleum- dirty, dinged and did I say UGLY!  I painted it with a mix of oops and half used cans in a taupey-charcoal grey interior latex- 1/2 flat & 1/2 satin.  It is amazing! It is temporary- but its holding up very well to our country life (read dirty) and dogs and 2 young boys.  After living with this for a few months, I am surprised this isn't done more.  Making the color uniform helps with the mismatched textures.  If, in a while, it dosen't look good anymore- we can always slap another coat on. So easy-and cheap.  My painted floors have saved my sanity. Love em.

JM on May 07, 2012:

Though I'd typically agree with Kath above, that floor in the first photo would be very difficult to refinish well. It has funky patched areas (that probably aren't the same wood species) and all sorts of irregularities. A floor like that is better painted, covered, or replaced. It all really depends on the condition of the floor.

Jody on May 07, 2012:

It all depends.  I would refinish.  But if the floor is to far gone/out of budget and I would have to say paint.  There are some awesome creative ways to change it up you see more now than before. 

Aidel.K on May 07, 2012:

I faced this dilemma when I pulled up the carpeting in my bedroom. What a disappointment after picturing a beautiful wood floor beneath the carpet. I couldn't make the leap of painting the floor, so I took a sort of time-delayed-decision approach. I refinished (by hand with small equipment) about six inches all around the perimeter of my room. I put a room-sized rug that barely overlaps the refinished edge atop that. It's not a permanent solution, but gives me time to think about what I want to do. It also looks pretty good!

laura on May 07, 2012:

I love painted floors.  Lived with both wood and painted floors in my century home for 10 years.  Painted floors wore great, were a cinch to sweep and mop and felt great underfoot. 

This whole conversation is a little silly, like debating to paint a room in a dark shade or a white.  There are no wrong answers, just depends on what effect you want in your home and what furniture/fixtures/features you want to highlight.


Paulitaz on May 07, 2012:

Sometimes a budget wont accomodate refinishing.  I think it looks fantastic.  Throw a nice contrasting runner rug down the center and go shoeless.

Sarah on May 07, 2012:

I'm one of those who adamantly stand by the "if it's wood, refinish." There's so much else out in the world to paint, refinishing and letting warm wood shine is the way to go. 

Franko on May 07, 2012:

never ever ever paint wood floors. refinish them. they will look stunning.

kath on May 07, 2012:

My personal opinion is to refinish, not paint, especially not white. Unless you have no pets, small children or shoes in your home - ever - the floors will end up looking crappy within a couple of years. I've seen a few friends go this route and they've all ended up stripping the paint off the floors and refinishing them or laying carpet over them. 

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