Painting Subfloor

Loft Space from first a dream

I’ve been thinking about ripping up the carpet in my living room and painting the subfloor. The rest of the downstairs is all hardwoods. We eventually want hardwoods in the living room…but it’s not in the cards right now. It just seemed like the route to go…if I want to lay hardwoods in the future.

I found first a dream and she has has painted most of her home’s subfloor. She has some great techniques and lots of pictures. She also just did a post about how they’re holding up after a year and what she would have done differently. I saw more here, here and here.
Has any one else done this or thought about doing it? Did you like it?


  1. says

    We tried painting our floor in our last house to save money. It was concrete and we did everything we were suppose to do. It did not hold up at all and we ended up moving the wood flooring project up. Maybe the wood sub-flooring is better.

  2. says

    We did this in our first home too. Two rooms, both high traffic, one we painted one we sanded and stained. The stained one looked beautiful! The painted one showed major wear and tear in a short amount of time, looked awful! I highly recommend staining if you need to make due for a budget, but don't waste your time or money on the paint unless it's a room that gets little to no traffic (and absolutely no dog traffic!)

  3. says

    My good friend has done it and several years later it still looks great!

    I looked at her blog and I love the painted rugs on the floors! WOW! they look so real. You should try that…if you don't like it you could always paint over it.

    Can't wait to see what you decided!

  4. says

    I first did this in my childhood bedroom at my parents house over 15 years ago (Checkerboard pattern-STILL holding up well!!) and more recently in my craft room (just plain color) and currently in the middle of painting faux hex tiles in my bathroom. I love paint because it is flexible to be EXACTLY what you want & it's CHEAP!! I always use porch paint (or even exterior) because it is the only paint designed to be walked on and in a heavy traffic area or my bathroom I use a clear sealant over top. This protects it and makes it easier to wash.
    I say go for it and just make sure you let each coat dry the appropriate time (more time if it is humid out!!) and don't 'slide' furniture on it (might scratch it). But my parents have two cats and had a dog at the time I did mine & I also have a 2 year old & a dog and all my floors look great still!!

  5. says

    I am right in the middle of prepping to paint our sub floor. I will be putting paint down the last weekend in March. We will be going out of town and want to let the porch paint cure before anything is moved on to it.

    I get a lot of stink eyes when I mention that I am doing this, but I hate, Hate, HATE the carpet in the dining room, so anything is better in my mind.

  6. says

    I've been lurking for awhile, but I've finally decided to comment. I really enjoy reading your blog. :-)

    I considered painting the floor in my kitchen to “hold me over” until I could do what I really wanted. It had this horrible 70's linoleum that was stained and torn and just plan nasty. But since it was ripped up and in such bad shape, I didn't figure it would really hold up to painting. Never really considered pulling the linoleum up, but I am not sure it would have been anything worth painting underneath. So instead, I found some decently priced tile ($1.50 a square foot or so), and my dad and I laid the tile ourselves. I would really rather have waited, but I really love my new tile, so I'm glad I have the new floor now! (And considering the room I was going to paint was the kitchen, which is extremely high traffic since I come in the kitchen door and the bathroom is off the kitchen, it was probably a much better decision!

  7. says

    I absolutely LOVE this idea! You should totally do it…if you make sure to seal it really well after to protect it then why not? I might be doing this sometime in the very near future on our living/dining/family room if our landlord lets us buy this house. Good luck and post LOTS of pics!!!

  8. says

    LOVE painted floors… I painted the entry floor in this house and the bathroom and basement floors in our old house. They held up perfectly too. Our new house is so open it would take a month of Sundays to finish all of it…. which would have been fine when I was about 1/2 the age I am now. :-)

    Warm blessings,

  9. says

    There are lots of options available to you when it comes to improving the look of your home. For starters you could landscape the garden, get new doors and windows, fit cladding over broken and worn brickwork, give the exterior a fresh coat of paint, and smarten it up with new guttering and fascia boards.

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