Friday, August 24, 2012

Annie Sloan's Chalk Painted Floor

Our contract on our house ran out a week ago, and we've decided to just let it rest for awhile.  With the house not being for sale I thought it would be a great opportunity to do something messy----
and big and dramatic :)
 This is our hallway floor...which used to look like this (below) it actually doesn't look bad in this photo but keep scrolling....
 You can see how dirty this gets being a hallway and pretty high traffic area.  This carpet has been here since before my husband bought the house (as well as the carpet in the kids' room....more on that later.)
 Brace yourself if you're a fan of having carpet....I would have hardwood flooring in my whole house if I could choose.  Carpet just holds all kinds of nastiness....And right about here I was thinking maybe this wasn't such a good idea....
 (Grandma comes to get the kids each Tuesday in case you're wondering how I could get this done with two little ones!) I pressed on....and now I'm glad I did.  I found some sort of little worm like critters LIVING between our hall and dining room....the kids' bedroom carpet will be leaving us SOON...
 Not too many staples, and the hallway is a small area...actually prying out the tack strip was more difficult because of the baseboards being in the way.  
 It was in pretty good shape.  Some paint spots here and there.  I would have loved to refinish it.  But with it being the hallway, and having the kids we'd have to be out of the house.  And we have different floor in the dining room and a third in the bathroom so I wanted something different to break it all up.
 

A nice wash (half water + half paint) of ASCP in a mix of Paris Grey and French Linen....and if you look closely you'll see my pattern laid out in pencil....
I just painted it all by hand without taping.  It goes faster and I wanted it to be aged looking anyways. It will get PLENTY of wear and tear being in our house....

 The second color is a wash of Old White....
 I distressed it all lightly with 100 grit sand paper 
And after that with a damp rag (I did another post here on distressing furniture with water )....if you choose to use the water I find that having a large bowl of water to rinse your cloth in frequently helps.   And I wring my cloth all the way out.  It will seem like nothing is happening for the first few seconds and then all the sudden it will really start to come off.  So work carefully at first....
And I finished up with a Polycrylic top coat in case you're wondering.  
 It's water based like the paint and I'll be able to mop it.  And mostly I already had some :).....
I know Annie Sloan sells their own lacquer you can apply to finish flooring and seal it up.  We'll have to add some sort of toe strip around the baseboard and do some finish painting to the woodwork that was hidden by the carpet but overall I'm wishing I'd ripped that carpet out a LONG time ago!!!

36 comments:

  1. I agree and I really hate having a carpet too. You did a good job in here and I like it much. Very nice and keep it up!


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    Arizona Painting Company

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    1. Thanks! We've already attacked taking more out and I 'm definitely not sorry!!!!

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  2. This is great! I wonder if it could work on a concrete floor...

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    1. Melissa I'm sure it would. We are going to put a coat of regular poly on it too just because I'm worried about how much wear and tear it will get. I'll keep the blog updated on how this goes....I'm curious to see myself how it holds up. The ASCP will go on anything and the water will distress it no matter what it's painted on. I think the key is what you seal it with....

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  3. I can't tell you how much I love this - what an incredible job!!!
    I'm dying to do my bedroom floor but have to work up the energy to remove all the furniture lol!

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  4. This reminds me of our rental we sold, one day when Stephen was gone I tore up the carpet, he was not happy at first but then saw how cool the wood floor was under it! We ended up loving it! We are putting in all wood floors in the new house, yay!!! No dirty carpet for me.

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    1. I actually asked Chad about this one....thought about doing it on my own but decided I'd better ask! I'm with you....I'd have all wood floors and I LOVE the hallway....

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  5. This is BEAUTIFUL!!!!! Found you at furniture feature Friday, and am a new follower.

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  6. A very nice job. I love the texture. Found you at MMS furniture Friday.

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    1. So do I! Thanks so much for stopping by to look!

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  7. Love this! I was just wondering if I could do something like this on my concrete floor like Melissa above.... Thanks so much for posting it; it looks great!!

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    1. I think this would be a great finish on a concrete floor! In fact when Melissa mentioned that I was thinking about our basement. It's unfinished and I would LOVE for it to be more of an organized workshop for all the craziness that goes on here! I would do it in a heart beat.

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  8. That turned out so Fabulous ! Love it ! I did the same pattern on my deck! I am hoping to rip out my carpet andante my concrete. I will be following you!
    Smiles, Alice

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    1. I did a wood table top in this pattern with dark stain and I love the way it looks. A deck would really make a statement in paint or stain either one...

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  9. It looks amazing! What a fun transformation!

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    1. Thank-you---I looked at your new school room and I LOVE it! I laughed when I read about your husband saying NO to sanding the hardwood floors....that's pretty much how I felt.

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  10. That is a wonderful option - and amazing makeover for only the cost of paint and your time. It is truly beautiful!

    Small House / Big Sky Donna
    http://smallhouseunderabigsky.wordpress.com

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  11. gorgeous! the only thing I would be worried about is that the lacquer will cause the paint to yellow. This is why ASCP has their own brand of lacquer- it is designed not to yellow.

    Of course this will work on concrete- and it will look just as amazing.

    good job.

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  12. This is gorgeous! I have been searching for someone that has tried ASCP on their floors. I am getting ready to paint mine tomorrow and wanted a washed look and this was the kick I needed to get started! I'm thinking pure white and country grey and love that you started with the darker color. Thanks for posting and giving me the courage to bite the bullet and start painting. :)

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    1. I would LOVE to see photos when you decide to tackle this! I am absolutely NOT sorry that I did it and only wish I'd done it sooner. Doing the wash only used a small amount of paint too I was really surprised at how little it took. It been a few weeks and it still looks great! No yellowing from the poly and I've mopped it many times....still looks great....

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  13. This is lovely! And so gross about the worm things. Eww! We have wood laminate in our entire house. I LOVE IT. I found your blog by searching for polycrylic on Annie Sloan chalk paint. I am painting my kitchen cabinets with Duck Egg and Old White, and I am NOT looking forward to waxing it all. We have an orbital polisher, so I'm going to practice with that and see how it works, but I'm also considering skipping the wax altogether, and just putting a coat of polycrylic over everything. I have read somewhere that polycrylic will not make the white turn yellow (like polyurethane will). Have you had any yellowing? Thanks!

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    1. I don't blame you the waxing would be a TON of work. NO yellowing and it's been about 4-5 months since we did this. And thats a floor (for my two little monsters) which gets abused...that's probably a huge understatement! I think it would be a great option on cabinets and you can even use the matte finish which would give the same look as the wax. I am so happy with both the hallway and the kids' room floors. I'll eventually be painting my concrete floor in my basement too....

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    2. How did you get such sharp edges on your squares? Been wanting to do my porch but not sure how to keep the lines so straight. What kind of brush did you use

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    4. How did you get such sharp edges on your squares? Been wanting to do my porch but not sure how to keep the lines so straight. What kind of brush did you use

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    5. I laid it all out with a very faint pencil line first and I used a 2" angled Purdy brush to paint. I also used a small 1/2" craft/artists brush to get into the corners. If you really wanted it to be straight and sharp you could always tape....I just decided to free hand paint mine :)

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  14. Love your floors!! I'm getting ready to paint my kitchen floor with ASCP. I have everything ready to go, then I will stencil. But I've been going back and forth with the finish coat. I have used Poly acrylic on furniture and have loved it, so durable...but the can said not recommended for floors :( so I looked at polyurethane, and just got confused. I Do know that oil based yellows, don't want that!! So water based polyurethane-or-polyacrylic. Can you help me decide?

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    1. Since it's your kitchen I would say water based poly. Although we did oil based on our hallway floors over the old white and I don't think there is any yellowing. I just thought with the hallway getting so much more traffic it should be something more durable. The kids room we did with the polyacrylic and it has held up fine also...I love our floors too the hallway especially and they have held up really great!

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  16. Yes, I have been looking for this all day better now than never!

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  17. Thank you for sharing this interesting and informative article, painting with airless spray gun will be faster and more interesting!


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  18. This is gorgeous! I have oak floors throughout my 1964 built house and the polyurethane is old and yellowed and we have pet stains throughout that I would like to cover up. Would you reccommend sanding first or just tackling it with the ASCP and then a poly coat over the top or just soft wax top coat or what? Super excited to fix my floors! These look fabulous!

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  19. Awesome! I used to have carpets in the kitchen and it was a hell of a nightmare to clean, so after a while spent in this house I decided to get brand new flooring by http://thehomeexpert.uk/offer/kitchens/ - they are great and I love my new hardwood.

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