Hi Friends, earlier this week I shared my tween son’s bedroom reveal. Most of the work done in that space was completed over the past several months. So I’m doing things a little bit backwards today, sharing progress made over quarantine, and of course–where we started in that room. A lot of what was done were little DIY’s that I jumped into without doing any great documentation(will I ever learn?) but worth sharing nonetheless. So today I’m sharing some before photos of his room, some shots of the progress, how I painted his wood floor and the DIY potato stamped wall I added on a whim!
Let’s start with the befores:
This is what the space looked like when we moved in (Above). A wall had been taking down between the bedroom and the center hallway.
And During Demo
This is what it looked like during demolition (Above)–Straight out of a horror film! The roof had been repaired so we needed to get rid of all that gross paneling and plaster.
Then, we finally got walls!
—and things started to look up.
Ummm, until we looked down—the floors were awful. So I painted them!
I decided to paint the floors after the idea of having someone come in to refinish the floors during a pandemic was not really an option, and honestly even if someone *could* have come in, would we want that dust in all of our bedrooms?
I stirred up a mixture of porch paint and another latex paint that I had on hand—it was hideous! Because, well . . . it looked like . . . a porch floor . . . ***sigh***
So I went ahead and painted over it (in my pajamas, naturally).
I tried a few different paints that we had on hand (all latex, in eggshell) and decided on SW Repose Gray. (Excuse the crappy iPhone pics).
I simply sanded any rough areas, or lumpy paint spots, cleaned the floor of all dust and debris, poured out some paint and began rolling–making sure to plan my path and not paint myself into a corner. I used my favorite Wooster shortcut paintbrush to cut the paint into the corners. Painting a floor is really no different than painting a wall, it’s actually even a bit easier! No need to worry about drips!
Once I got the coverage I was looking for, and the paint cured (after a day), I decided to go over it with Minwax Polycrylic in clear satin to seal the paint. Applying the polycrylic was simple, but a little scary because it initially changed the color of the paint, so I got frustrated, but it’s not a step you want to skip!
Becasue the floors flow into the hallway, I simply applied painter’s tape in the doorway in a way that when the door is closed you cant see the painted floor. I then used a paint brush to seal the tape, by painting the repose gray over the tape, (painting away from the seam so the paint wouldn’t seep underneath). And then I peeled up the tape.
Voila! Ignore the fact that the hallway floors needed some work as well. Overall not too bad!
I know some people might freak out about a painted floor, but with a large enough rug and rug pad, I had no worries. It’s really been fine over the past few months and then of course I keep some extra paint on hand, if I want to keep it looking sleek. Sometimes though, the beauty in painted wood floors are the imperfections.
Next up in this room was the DIY Potato Stamped wall.
I promise you guys, going forward I am going to be a better blogger when it comes to documenting my process—this was sort of a trial and then I just got carried away with it:
I poured some black latex paint that I had on hand onto a plate and grabbed a small paint brush (which I didn’t end up using). My thought was that I could control the amount of paint better if I painted it on the potato, but nobody got time for that! lol!
I cut a large potato in half, cut the ends off, and then with a paring knife, I began carving out irregular sections to make random stripes. To stamp I dipped it in the paint, then rubbed the potato around a clean paper plate to remove some of the excess and stamped away, allowing it to look a little organic and imperfect.
Here I started playing around with the stamp-testing it out of course (above)
And then I went crazy, here’s how it ended up:
I dig it y’all! It’s not perfect, but it sure added some interest to this section of the room. Head on over to this post to see the full room reveal.
So would you do it? Paint a wood floor or do a potato stamped wall?
Let’s chat below!