Rust-Oleum Projects

Paint, Don't Replace Those Old Hardwood Floors

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  • DIY Bar Stool Ink Blue
    Bar Stool Redo
  • DIY Painted Kitchen Floor
    DIY Painted Tile Kitchen Floor
  • Estimated Time

    Approximately 24 hours

  • Challenge Level

    Easy

  • Tools & Supplies:

    • Angled Paint Brush
    • 3/8" nap roller
    • 1/4" Nap Roller
    • Piece of Chalk
    • Painter's Tape
    • Square Ruler
    • Paint Tray

AFTER

BEFORE

If your hardwood floors are worn, tired and need a refresh, consider a budget friendly alternative instead of a costly replacement. Rust-Oleum HOME Floor Paint is a hassle free, two-part system that requires no stripping, sanding or priming. Get creative and add a pattern with a second color for a custom design.

  1. Make sure your floor is clean of dirt and debris. 

  2. Apply painter's tape along the border edges and anywhere you don't want paint. 

  3. Apply Base Coat (color shown Oyster Shell) in 4’x4’ sections, and maintain a wet edge while rolling. Do not let product puddle. One coat is recommended. After coating the entire floor, wait 6 hours before applying any necessary touch-ups. Let touched-up areas dry for 1-2 hours (dry to touch), If no touch-ups are ncessary, Top Coat may be applied 6 hours after the initial Base Coat application.  

  4. Optional: If you want to add a design on top of the Base Coat with another color, do this before applying the Top Coat. Make sure the initial Base Coat has dried for 6 hours. To create the diamond pattern pictured above, find the center of the room using wall to wall measurements. From that point, use a square ruler to get 45 degree lines insersecting the center point. Space the next lines 24" in each direction. The line will mark the center of the stripe in the pattern. Place a strip of 1.5" painter's tape on each side of the line creating a 3" thick line. Lay the painter's tape down and cross over to create the diamond design. TIP: paint over the painter's tape lines with the initial Base Coat color for crisp lines. Let dry. 

  5. Apply the second color Base Coat (color shown Windsor Gray) within the taped design. Carefully pull off the tape while the second color Base Coat is still wet. Wait 6 hours before applying any necessary touch-ups. Let touched-up areas dry for 1-2 hours (dry to touch) and then Top Coat can be applied. If no touch ups are necessary, Top Coat may be applied 6 hours after initial Base Coat application.

  6. Apply Rust-Oleum Home Top Coat. in 4’x4’ sections, and maintain a wet edge while rolling. Do not let product puddle. One coat is recommended. If a second coat is desired for additional durability or uniformity, wait until the first coat is dry to touch (1-2 hours) before applying, but must apply within 24 hours.

  7. For full system, allow 24 hours for light foot traffic. Allow 72 hours before replacing furniture (avoid dragging). Full cure is 7 days. Do not wash before 7 days.
Creator: I Spy DIY