Tuesday, February 19, 2013

Painted floors and spring decor in the Family Room

Hello!  Happy Tuesday!!

Over the weekend, I finally got all of the furniture moved back into the family room.  I also did a little spring decorating while I was at it!

I have been moving things around from all over the house lately, changing things up with the new painted floors, but not really wanting to spend a lot of money...more just wanting to freshen things up with what I already have!

So here are more pics of the new look in our family room...

{I flipped my "chippy door" to the blue side for spring}

Every February I ask my friend, Diane, to get some flowering branches for me.  I just love flowering branches.  This time, the white cherry blossoms were what was available...

One of my 1920's garage doors made it into this room.  I am really liking it in here :)  I added some of my favorite vintage fern prints to the glass panes...

{the foyer looking into the family room}

I'm still working on getting my studio in order, but I'm getting close :))

Hope you have a great day ~


p.s.  Don't forget that all remaining items in the Flea Market Finds section of the shop are on SALE!!!!!!!  Our next trip to France is in early April...

Friday, February 15, 2013

Finally a peek at the new floors... and a painted floor "how to"

Hello!  I hope you had a wonderful Valentine's Day!!!

Well, it's taken a wee bit longer than I had anticipated, but we are finally all done painting our hardwood floors.  Our entire first floor is now a lovely pale grey.  I am extremely happy with how it turned out!!!

I have received so many questions about the whole process that I thought I would put a little "how to" together for anyone that might be interested in painting their floors {see the end of this post}.

We chose to do our project in 2 phases, so that we could actually live in our home while it was all going on.  And I was fortunate enough to take a quick 4 day getaway with my best friend, Natasha, to Phoenix for a little sun, fun, and r&r in between phase one and two!!  So, all in all, the project went quite smoothly!

With the change in the floors, I have found myself moving things all over the place, from room to room.  You know how it goes, one change creates a ripple effect :)

For now, the salvaged wood shelving unit that Steve made for my studio is now serving as a kind of restaurant inspired island...until I can find what I am looking for at the flea market.  I have to admit, we are all rather liking it for now :))

I would have taken more photos, but there was still furniture piled up everywhere the day I took these  photos and I had to use creative angles to avoid the mess!

Here is a look at the foyer leading into the family room, before we put the furniture back...

The low down on painted floors...

~ First you will need to completely clear the room of everything

~ It is probably best to take the trim {or the quarter round if you have it} off before starting your painting project, but we chose to just tape it off just before priming

~ We rented a large floor sander from Home Depot to "rough up" our existing hardwood floor a bit {about $40 for 4 hours}.  You do not need to sand the finish off, just a slow onetime pass over with 150 grit sandpaper did the trick {you have to buy the large "sandpaper" sheets that fit the machine}

~ The sanding creates a messy layer of fine white dust that needs to be completely cleaned off of the floor before painting.  I vacuumed the floor with my brush attachment, then used my microfiber dust mop and then we had to wash the floor twice to completely get all of the dust off!  I used hot water with a touch of vinegar for washing the floors.

~ We let the floors dry overnight

~ Next you will need to use a good primer to help the paint to stick.  We used Lowe's Valspar brand latex bonding primer.  It is a great primer for glossier surfaces like cabinets and floors.  Cut in the perimeter of the room and then roll the rest of the floor out.  Use a foam roller for the smoothest look {nothing with a nap to it}...we used a 6 inch foam roller.  

~ We primed the floor in the morning and then let it dry for about 6 hours and then applied the first coat of paint.  Paint the floors as you would walls, rolling it out evenly, working in a relatively small area, and overlapping as you move along.  Allow the first coat to dry overnight.  The color we used was Lowe's Valspar brand latex floor and porch paint in New Concrete.  Like all grey, it looks darker at night and much lighter when the sun is shining in the room, but in general, it is a pale grey color.

~ The next day, cut in the perimeter of the room again and roll on a second coat of paint.  Two coats should do it.  We did not put a sealer over the paint.  By the next day, you will be able to walk on the floor, but wait an additional 2 days before moving furniture back into the room.  Remember that latex paint really takes about 6 weeks to completely dry, so don't drag any furniture across the floor at this point.

Some tips:

~ Painted floors are not for those who want a perfect look.  It takes a bit more maintenance than stained hardwood, as it will show dirt and scuff marks more readily.  Grey is more forgiving in this area than a white painted floor {which we have in my son's room}, so that is why we went with the grey {I do love white floors though!}.

~ Black socks can actually leave some dye behind and make "dirty marks" on your floor, odd but true!

~ Use a hand sander for tight spaces like bathrooms as the floor sander is quite large

~ Painting your floors will bring out the imperfections, like gaps in the floor boards, nicks and deeper scratches.  They show up more noticeably with the paint.  I happen to like that about painted floors, but again, if you want a perfect look, painted floors may not be for you

Well, I think that about covers it!!!  Let me know if you have any additional questions!


The March issue of Jeanne d' Arc Living Magazine is now available in the SHOP for pre-order!


If you have not ordered the new book from Jeanne d' Arc, you are missing out...it is truly beautiful!!! In stock now!

And lastly, I wanted to let you know that all remaining items in the Flea Market Finds section of the SHOP are now on SALE!!!  Fabulous markdowns as we prepare to start our 2013 buying trips to France!

Have a great weekend!  I will be back with lots more pictures next week :))


{p.s.  you can find me posting a bit more often on my French Larkspur Facebook page, come and visit me there!}