I shared last week that our floors were a disaster. The carpet was nasty and stained and after living with it for three years, the hubs and I could not stand it for one more day. So out it went. (Sadly, it is now languishing on the front porch until we have time to take it to the dump. Baby steps.) We really want to install hardwoods throughout most of our house…but that isn’t in the cards right now. (Or maybe I should say it isn’t in the bank account.)
Beneath the nasty carpet were plywood subfloors and my current plan is to paint the plywood and use that as our floor until we can afford hardwood. I have told a few people of this plan and I typically get one of two reactions. Either they look at me in horror and say ‘Well you can always buy a lot of rugs to cover it’. Or they say that they are sure it will turn out great. (Those are the friends who understand my incessant drive to create something beautiful from nothing). I am guessing your reactions will also be mixed, but being the creatives you are, I think more of you will see the potential.
I have actually painted plywood subfloor before – I painted a sweet checkerboard pattern on my screened-in porch and it turned out great. It is the only floor in our home that I really love. So I have been scouring Pinterest looking for some great painted floor inspiration. And while painted floors aren’t exactly taking suburbia by storm, there are definitely some great examples out there.
You can check out scads of gorgeous floor inspiration on my Pinterest board Stand Out Floors.
Totally fabulous, right? I am clearly not looking to do anything safe and boring. Plywood or not, I want these floors to be amazing.
Anyone else out there attempt this before? Got any advice?