HOW TO PAINT AN AMAZING PLYWOOD SUBFLOOR  

If you don't have the budget to install a new floor, but you are tired of looking at old and worn carpet, I've got the perfect solution! Paint your subfloor...

MATERIALS

MATERIALS

-Zinsser oil-based primer -Porch and Floor Paint  -Paint roller and tray -Painter’s tape -Stencil -Small foam paint roller  -Rust-Oleum Varathane Crystal Clear Water-Based Floor Finish

TOOLS

TOOLS

-Hammer -Pry bar  -Needle-nose pliers -Flat head screwdriver  -Heavy-duty staple remover  -Sander -Varathane floor finish applicator

HOW TO PAINT A SUBFLOOR

HOW TO PAINT A SUBFLOOR

First step, rip out your old carpet and carpet padding. Remove all of the tack strips using a hammer and pry bar. Also, remove the staples by prying them up with a flat head screwdriver and then pulling them out with needle-nose pliers.

PREPARE THE SUBFLOOR FOR PAINT Once the carpet and staples are gone, it’s time to fill in the seams and staple holes.

PRIME THE FLOOR Before you paint, you need to prime the floor with a quality primer. The fastest way to do this is to cut in around the edges with a paintbrush. Then use a roller with an extension handle to fill in the rest of the floor.

PAINT YOUR SUBFLOOR Now it's time to paint the subfloor. I used a latex paint instead of oil because it is easier to work with and easier to clean. You will need a couple of coats for good coverage. I chose to add a border. You want to add that prior to the stencil.

STENCIL THE FLOOR Stenciling your floor is optional; paint alone can make a huge difference. But stenciling really looks beautiful. While stenciling a floor looks intimidating and time-consuming, it actually goes pretty quickly.

SEAL THE FLOOR The final step is sealing the floors. I used 4 coats. Technically you don’t need to a sealer over porch and floor paint, but I highly recommend it. Also, wait a few days before adding furniture.

Enjoy your beautiful new painted floor and think about all the money you saved!

Get the full step-by-step tutorial here.

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