My daughter has allergies and her bedroom was making them worse. There were the usual suspects. The floor to ceiling bookcases were removed, still the sniffles persisted. We removed the wool carpet and she was left with the original 50’s linoleum. Her room is 11×12 so there wasn’t a lot of open floor space, and for a while she graciously put up with the retro vibe.
Then came the dreaded, “Mom, I want to paint my room.” I say,”dreaded,” because girls of a certain age want their walls hot pink, lime green, or deep turquoise. Kathy (Hirshfield’s Design Studio) had just painted her daughter’s bedroom Benjamin Moore Peony 2079-30, and said it was a “good pink.” G liked it and I trust Kathy’s opinion when it comes to paint colors. G also submitted her master design plan which included a floor re-do.
What to do with the floor? I liked all the painted floors I was seeing on the decor sites and it sounded like an easy fix. Painting the floor was going to be the least expensive and least amount of work for me. The key was not having to dismantle her trundle-bed, hauling it piece by piece downstairs, and repeating the process to set it up again. Painting seemed like the best solution.
- Prep the floor. The 60-year-old linoleum was already dulled with age so it did not need to be primed or scuffed up before applying the paint.
- Clean the floor. If you do have to rough up the floor, wipe or vacuum up the sanding dust. After washing the floor with TSP, a rinse with plain water, and letting it dry, my floor was ready to be painted.
- Paint the floor. I like to run my ideas by the H’s experts and they usually present me with at least a couple of options. I choose the one best suited for my needs and novice skill level. Cory, Hirshfield’s Monticello, recommended the Glidden Professional Concrete Coatings, White Tint Base. I rolled on a total of three coats, using a short nap roller cover. I waited a day (okay, sometimes a week) between coats. Always check the can for re-coating times.
- Wait. Let it cure. I painted half the floor* and waited a couple of weeks before I moved the furniture to the other side of the room. Before moving the furniture, I touched up any areas where I hadn’t applied an even coat. I placed rugs under the four corners of the bed and dragged it across the room so I wouldn’t mar the newly painted surface.
- Apply topcoat. For added protection and durability I used Benajmin Moore’s Benwood® Stays Clear® Acrylic Polyurethane, Low Lustre. Don’t be fooled by Low Lustre as there was plenty of shine. I chose the water based product for minimal odor and easy clean up. I applied two coats, allowing for the appropriate drying time between coats. Pay attention to the thickness of the Benwood® when you’re putting it down. I poured the Benwood® on the floor and rolled it out. Don’t do that. The yellow spot next to the rolled up rug is where the product was not rolled out thin enough.
All and all it was a perfect solution for this room. It’s been two years and the floor is in good shape; there are a few dings, but they don’t bother me enough to re-touch. And most importantly my daughter enjoys spending time in her room.
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*Because I was shifting furniture from one side of the room to the other, I painted and topcoated half of the room. After it cured, I moved the furniture to the other side of the room and repeated the process.