On the second floor of the Maine Country Home we picked the least expensive flooring solution we could, and still have wooden floors. Unfinished southern pine. Blithely, I said “easy, I can paint them”. Well, grand designs have given way to time practicality, we need to finish these rooms ASAP.
Whitewashed floors are easy. In Annie Sloan’s new book, Paint and Color Recipes there are several projects, including floors that have a washed look. Our second floor seemed perfect for this technique.
After all of the construction was finished the professional sander arrived. However, sanding is not necessary if the floor already has paint or varnish, all you need to do is clean the floors. The most important prep step is to vacuum the floors completely.
We mixed 1 part Old White from the Annie Sloan Chalk Paint® line with 1 part water. This is a basic mixture but try it on some scrap wood to see if it is the color you like. You may add more paint or less water to achieve your desired color.
Then we brushed the paint on with the grain, and finally after it was dry I wiped the wood floor in the direction of the grain with a damp rag. This will remove some of the paint and leave a whitewash appearance. Again, play around with a sample to get the coverage you like.
Finally, we coated the floor with two coats of Annie Sloan Lacquer, and let the final coat dry overnight before setting furniture down. Make certain that your furniture has little felt pads to keep from scratching the floor.
In the finished bedroom, you can see several other projects using Chalk Paint® but I will save those for another day.