I just can’t get enough of white painted wood floors. Honestly, I want them in every room of my house. But because I already pitched that idea to M and he totally shot me down, I’ve had to confine my love of white painted floors to places like bathrooms and closets. But hey, I’ll take what I can get. So when I had to do something with our master closet floor, I reached for my trusty white porch and floor paint so I could end up with this:
This isn’t my first rodeo with white painted wood floors. I already did it in our guest bathroom and shared how I did it here.
But those floors were a little different because they were bare wood floors. And I’ve learned a few things since then. So I thought I’d revisit how to paint wood floors white because I took a little different approach when painting our closet hardwood floors.
For starters, the flooring in our closet was already painted with a glossy finish. And it was pretty dinged up.
I really didn’t want to sand down the whole thing to bare wood, so I didn’t. I just did a light sand with a coarse sanding block to eliminate the gloss. Next I used white oil-based primer. I put on two coats of primer, brushing the edges and rolling the rest. Then I topped it with two coats of my porch and floor paint. I did not fill any cracks between boards because I think it looks best when you can tell it is wood, not just some random solid surface painted white. Here’s how the process looked:
And here’s how it looks finished.
In our bathroom, I topped the paint with water-based sealer. Even though I used water-based sealer, I’ve noticed that where it went on a little thicker, like in the corners, it has a little yellowish tint to it – so not cool. The whole point of using a water-based sealer instead of oil-based is so that there is no yellowing. So I decided to rebel and skip the sealer step in our closet to see how it goes. Porch and floor paint is meant to be walked on, after all. And putting a rug on the main walking area is much prettier than having a yellow tint in the corners.
While the floor has only been done and walked on for a short while, it still looks so white and fresh. And even if it gets dinged up down the road, it will be pretty easy to roll a fresh coat of the porch and floor paint right on top (no sealer to sand first!). I’ll keep you posted on how it wears, but so far I am still loving the white floor look and I don’t think that will be changing any time soon.
Anyone else go for painted white wood floors? Or have any good tips to share about keeping them looking great?
Side note: by far my best cleaning tool for these is a baby wipe. My kids have been out of diapers for years but I buy baby wipes just for our white, wood floors. Something about those magical cleaning squares really gets a white floor looking clean. Or for a troublesome scuff, I reach for Magic Eraser. With all these tricks, I think I’ll be loving white floors for a long time.