Painting Floors Using Chalk Paint®

Painting Wooden Floors

Painting Wooden Floors

Annie Sloan's unique range of decorative paint, Chalk Paint®, is great for painting wooden floors, either as a wash or applied more thickly for a solid colour.

Before applying the paint across a whole floor, we suggest you test the paint and lacquer in a few places as occasionally bleed through can occur (this will look like an orange-brown stain coming through the paint). If this happens, then you must first use one or two coats of shellac (a.k.a. 'knotting solution' or 'French polish') using a cloth or brush before applying the paint.

The picture above shows the three stages -- the original old varnished floor, with part of the floor painted in Old Ochre. The final stage is applying two coats of our Annie Sloan Lacquer over the dry paint.

*Using a sponge roller is the best method for painting and lacquering floors as it is really quick and stops it being too thick.

When you clean the floor, normal cleaning is no problem, but do not use too much water or use bleach in the water.

The paint is not recommended for areas of high water use.

Concrete floors

Concrete floors

The concrete floor above has been transformed by Chalk Paint®, Annie Sloan's versatile brand of decorative paint.

For speed, paint all over using a sponge roller (do edges with a brush) using in this case Paris Grey and let it dry. Put some Old White paint into a tray and press a flat sponge into it so it is well coated but not too thick. Press the sponge onto the floor carrying on until you have an all over checkered pattern. On some of the squares apply another colour such as Cream or English Yellow to make the whole pattern feel more irregular. Lastly using a roller apply two coats of Annie Sloan Lacquer.

For more information, this along with 50 other projects are featured in Quick and Easy Paint Transformations, published by Cico Books.