Behind The Scenes

Painted Floors – Update

Remember back when I painted my floors for a second time? Well as I got ready to rent out my house last month, the final thing I did was paint my floors again. That’s three times in just over a year. You might say I’m obsessed.


I’ve had a few e-mails and even a phone call from readers interested in knowing how the Breakthrough paint held up. Well the truth is, it held up ok. Much better than the paint job before, but still not amazingly well. The problem is not the paint but the color choice. I think when you paint floors lighter shades, it needs to be re-done frequently.

We’re also quite hard on our floors. No-one takes off their shoes (except me!), furniture gets dragged, dogs run laps. And with our big move coming up, there’s been an unusual amount of wear and tear as we did repairs on the house, showed it to potential tenants, and had movers traipsing through, like this…

After all that there were some small scratches that revealed the white paint underneath and there were darker scuffs from all the shuffling of feet and furniture. But if I hadn’t been moving out and handing over the place to renters I still wouldn’t have re-painted them so soon. They weren’t that bad.

This time I used yet another paint. I’m starting to think they’re all the same. I had wanted to buy porch and floor paint in semi gloss but they were out of the neutral base so the guy at OSH told me the exterior wood and trim is just the same with a different label. Huh?

This time I went with a light grey-green. I wish I’d gone a bit darker, but because of having ebony-stained floors before all this paint business, I’m scared to go too dark. It makes the place seem tiny and gloomy.

That’s me in my favorite painting pants again. They’re actually staring to fall apart.

The following photos should illustrate why my floors don’t stay nice for long.

The kids made a maze for the dog…

…and a tunnel for the dog.

The living room just before the movers came.
(I was also preparing for a cookbook shoot – that’s what all the plates are for.)

As you can see we don’t just walk on our floors. We live on our floors.

To anyone thinking of painting theirs, don’t be discouraged. Regardless of the frequent re-painting needed, they still make me happy. It’s a quick and cheap way to change a room dramatically and I have never regretted doing it. Best of luck!

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  • Reply Heidi T. 6 April 2011 at 2:57 PM

    Thanks so much for the update Emily! You definitely gave me something to think about! I hate the idea of painting anything with a wood finish, but the kitchen floors are pine & even after refinishing them with 3 coats of Varathane, they look awful. They're beyond the "distressed look" 🙁

    I think we'll give Breakthrough a shot! Nothing to lose at this point. We're going with a darker brown/red color, and most of the floor will be covered with a large patio rug. Even if they don't hold up, it'll give me an excuse to change up the color when I get tired of this one, right?! hehe..

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