Sunday, February 19, 2012

The "NEW" Bathroom Floor

I love historic floors.

No, really... I LOVE them.

So when hubby and I were looking at the floor in the room that would one day become our bathroom, we were both very concerned. It's made from fairly rough-cut lumber, and you can literally see daylight between the boards. But the idea of covering this darling floor wasn't really an option for me. It's much too pretty to cover up with new flooring, yet not quite pretty enough to simply stain, seal and use in a functional bathroom.

What's a gal to do when she loves a shabby floor? We all know the answer by now, and if you don't, prepare to be amazed. I WENT TO PINTEREST! Thanks to my awesome friend Darla, I found an entire online community of brilliant people that have marked photos of quirky, painted historic floors. I felt like I had died and gone to heaven when I finally logged in and began searching for ideas! After looking through Pinterest for days and days and days and days and days, and then a few days more, I finally settled on a color scheme for the bathroom and, most importantly, the painted floor project. The color scheme will be a dark mustard gold, white, and gray. I know, I know... it sounds strange. But check out the gray and gold rooms that I've marked on Pinterest and you'll understand why I love this combination.

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So now you know that the thematic colors of the bath will be gray, mustard gold and white. But guess what? There's another theme to the room, too. TRANSMAGNIFICANTUBANDANSIALITY. If you've read the blog before you'll know exactly what I'm talking about. Otherwise, click here.

But before I get ahead of myself, I need to let you see what our future bathroom looked like on day one of the restoration.





As you can see, the room was in dire need of a makeover. The room itself is fairly large room for a bathroom, which makes me very excited because we're only going to have one bathroom downstairs. But the walls needed to be sanded, primed, painted, and the floors... well... they needed a good bit more.





So once we (and by we, I mean I) had picked out the pattern to paint on the old wooden floor, we went to work sweeping and sanding, and scrubbing and mopping. Then we repeated a few times until we had a nice clean floor. I must say that I was a little bit afraid before we began to paint the floor, but after we had the first few coats of white paint down I began to feel much better.

We approached this floor painting project from a hurry-up-and-then-wait-for-a-really-long-time perspective. First, we painted the ceiling and the walls, then the trim around the windows and the baseboards. We didn't want to accidentally drip paint on the finished floor, so we choose to finish it last. After the floor scrubbing process was completed, we painted a layer of white and then closed the door. The next day, we gave it another coat. And by the way, we used PAINT AND PRIMER IN ONE. Believe me, even with the primer in the paint, it took four coats of white before the old stains stopped showing through.

It took about two weekends to finish the coats of white paint. After the last coat was painted and dried, we taped off three boards at a time with blue painter's tape. Once I was certain that the tape was positioned correctly (this process took an hour or so) I began to paint the mustard gold stripes. I let the first coat of gold dry, then applied another. After said coat of gold dried, we applied the first of four coats of floor sealer over the bathroom floor. I used an oil based sealer, and I used a LOT of it. I wanted to protect the floor from splashes once the sink and bathtubs are installed.

The room is far from finished, but I couldn't wait until later to show you the new floor. I really, really love it. Once our new windows are installed (new to look old) this room will be breathtaking.

Oh, and by the way... at the end of the room, directly in front of the window, will be my antique clawfoot tub. I can't wait!