Painting Floorboards

Painting floorboards white is a great way to lift the look of old floorboards and it only takes four easy steps.


  1. Firstly, sand the floorboards back to the original wood grain, through existing layers of lacquer and stains. You will need to either hire a sander or have the professionals do it for you. Vacuum thoroughly.

  2. Now it's time to apply the paint; we're going for a scuff and wear finish so we'll use an undercoat with a satin enamel top coat - the colour we've chosen is Whisper White. Use a paint roller for the most even finish. The undercoat will take 6-8 hours to dry.
  3. For the top coat, mix 90% paint with 10% turpentine to help the paint soak into the timber. After applying the satin enamel top coat it will need to be left to dry for 24 hours.

  4. When painting floorboards you'll need to leave your room open for airflow to help with drying, so it's ideal to do it in the warmer months with a low humidity.

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