Painted Hardwood Floors

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We’ve talked before about the pros and cons of painting wood trim and brick walls/fireplaces. Although there’s no doubt that a fresh coat of paint can do wonders for the look of the piece, one of the biggest disadvantages is that you’re covering the natural appearance, texture and grain of the material.
What about hardwood floors? I can’t take credit for this project, as it was completed by a previous tenant of my loft. I have hardwood floors throughout the unit, but they’re not sealed and a little … er … rustic looking, if you will. I do love them, but they’re so tough to keep clean!
Our bathroom, however, is a different story. The wood is painted a light gray, with artful black swirls applied on top. Thankfully the former tenant chose a relatively neutral palette that could work with a lot of bathroom decor (and fits our current black, white, red and gray scheme beautifully!).


And the paint acts as a seal, meaning there are less cracks exposed between the planks, making them easier to clean. I love a project that has both aesthetic and practical applications!
I’m not sure I’d commit to painting the entire floor of the loft, because the dark wood does have its own character and beauty. But in a small room like a bathroom, it’s an interesting addition.
What say you, readers? Would you ever paint hardwood floors, or is that a DIY no-no?

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  • Lisa

    I’ve been trying to determine if I should paint my hardwood kitchen floor that has recently been uncovered from years beneath layers of linoleum. It is a good candidate for being painted because the original hardwood at this point I fear would be impossible to restore. But I’m wondering if a high trafficked floor that is likely to get water (and who knows what else) spilled all over it would not be a good candidate for painting. Any thoughts on the durability of the painted hardwood? You say it is easy to clean, but what other disadvantages does painting a floor offer? I understand that once you paint it there really isn’t any going back.