September 29, 2023


New Estate

DIY: Portray A Checkerboard Ground (Suggestions + Merchandise I Used)

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As of final evening, I’m about midway accomplished with portray a checkerboard ground within the studio. Right here’s the way it seems to be to this point…

Painting a checkerboard floor - tips and products for painting a hardwood floor

I’m actually happy with the way it’s turning out to this point. The primary room, which is about 19.5′ x 21′, is about 2/3 completed. So now I’ve to place protecting paper down on this completed space, transfer my huge rolling work tables and different objects to this facet of the room, after which begin on flooring in the remainder of this room, the again entry, the storage closet, and the lavatory.

The ground on this room is purple oak hardwood flooring, and since this can be a studio the place I’ll be utilizing paint, resin, alcohol inks, and so on., I wished a ground that would very simply be spot sanded and retouched after I drip issues on the ground. Paint appeared like the apparent reply. So let me present you the way I did it.

I began by sanding the ground to present the earlier end some “tooth”. Hopefully this can give the paint and primer extra sturdiness than it might have had I painted proper over the slick water-based polyurethane ground with out sanding first.

painting a hardwood floor - sand down original finish to remove shine

Some flooring most likely wouldn’t must be sanded fairly that a lot, however I used to be additionally making an attempt to do away with some water injury and different imperfections within the ground, so I did slightly extra sanding than was most likely vital (as a result of I’m a perfectionist).

Then I gave the ground two coats of Zinsser B-I-N Shellac-Based Primer. This was solely my second time utilizing this product, however after getting used to the skinny consistency, I used to be more than happy with the way it carried out the primary time I used it (on my entrance porch ceiling), so I made a decision to keep it up on this undertaking as properly.

After which I gave the ground two coats of paint, which I rolled on utilizing a 3/8-inch nap curler (these are the ones I use). And since the ground is a really giant space, I used an ordinary curler than you’ll use to color a wall. The paint I selected to make use of is Behr Porch and Patio Floor Paint in the low-luster finish. I began with the darker colour, which is Benjamin Moore Basic Grey, which I had them colour match within the Behr paint.

painting a checkerboard floor - paint the entire floor the first color

I let that dry for about 36 hours whereas I put my cupboards collectively and put them into place alongside the entrance wall of the studio. I wished to place the cupboard in place first as a result of the cupboards aren’t completely centered on the wall for the reason that home windows aren’t completely symmetrical on the wall. And I’d quite have the checkerboard ground design centered on the cupboards quite than being completely centered within the room and barely off with the cupboards.

So as soon as the cupboards have been in place, I measured and marked the middle of the center cupboard utilizing my tape measure and a pencil, after which continued marking the remainder of the ground utilizing that very same measurement, utilizing a straight edge (a framing sq.) till I had a line drawn perpendicular to the middle level on the center cupboard.

marking floor to paint a checkerboard design

Subsequent, I used my sq. sample (I used a leftover FLOR carpet tile as my sample, however you possibly can reduce a sample out of cardboard, poster board, and so on.), and lined up two factors completely alongside that line near the cupboards, and traced the sq..

marking hardwood floor to paint a checkerboard design

Then utilizing the opposite two factors on the sq., I used these as my information to measure and mark a line equidistant from the cupboards that ran parallel with the cupboards. Once more, it was extra essential to me that the checkerboard design regarded proper with the cupboards quite than it being completely centered within the room. Rooms are virtually by no means completely sq., so if the design was barely off in one other space, it might be method much less noticeable than it might be if the design was off with the cupboards on the principle focal wall of the room.

As soon as I had that line drawn parallel with the entrance of the cupboards, I then used my sq. sample (the carpet tile) to proceed the sample on that parallel line.

laying out checkerboard pattern to paint a hardwood floor

As soon as I had the squares traced on the middle perpendicular line and the all throughout the parallel line, I went again and simply fill in the remainder of the squares utilizing my sample.

DIY painted checkerboard design on hardwood floor -- how to start the pattern

After I had the entire squares traced, I used painters tape to mark off the entire squares that may be painted my distinction colour (Behr Polar Bear), after which I started taping off the squares to be painted. It’s not environment friendly to attempt to tape off each single sq. to color them abruptly. It’s a lot simpler to tape off each different one and paint these, after which when these are dry, to return and tape off the remaining and paint these.

tape off design for painting a checkerboard floor on hardwood
how to paint a checkerboard floor design

Earlier than I might paint, I first wanted to do away with any pencil marks. Pencil marks will bleed by paint, so it should prevent an enormous headache to do away with them as an alternative of making an attempt to color over them. And don’t ever attempt to erase them with a pencil eraser or perhaps a high quality artwork eraser. These will simply smudge the graphite on paint, and depart you’ll a large number. I all the time do away with my pencil marks utilizing a Magic Eraser. They work so quick and make straightforward work of eradicating pencil marks. And I didn’t simply take away the pencil marks going by the center of among the squares, just like the one you see right here…

use a Magic Eraser to remove pencil marks before painting so that graphite doesn't bleed through latex paint

However I additionally eliminated the marks alongside the taped edges. That method I can do away with pencil marks and burnish the tape in order that it’s caught rather well to the ground multi function fast step. You may see how properly the Magic Eraser eliminated the marks from the identical sq. pictured above…

painting a checkerboard design - use Magic Eraser to remove pencil marks before painting

After which I did another step earlier than portray the squares. Whether or not portray a checkerboard ground or portray stripes on a wall, I like to make sure that the sides of the distinction colour will likely be good by sealing the tape with the unique colour (Basic Grey) earlier than portray the distinction colour (Polar Bear). By portray the ground first with Basic Grey, after which sealing the tape with Basic Grey, that implies that if any of the paint used to seal the tape bleeds below the tape, it should simply mix proper into the unique colour and gained’t be noticeable. However because it dries, it’ll seal the sides of the tape.

seal edges of painters tape so prevent paint from bleeding under tape

The marking, taping, erasing pencil marks, and sealing the tape are all of the time-consuming components of portray a checkerboard ground. By the point all of that’s accomplished, the precise portray goes in a short time. I gave the squares a primary coat of paint, after which allow them to dry for about 40 minutes.

painting a checkerboard floor design on hardwood

Then I rolled on a second coat. Instantly after portray the second coat, and whereas the paint was nonetheless very moist, I eliminated the tape. You may see how completely crisp the sides are…

get perfect edges with painters tape

I let that first set of squares dry for about 24 hours, after which I taped off the remainder of the distinction squares and repeated that very same course of — eradicating the pencil marks, sealing the sides of the tape with the primary colour…

taping off squares for checkerboard painted floor design

Adopted by two coats of the distinction colour, and eradicating the tape whereas the second coat was nonetheless very moist.

painting a checkerboard floor design

And there it’s! My new painted checkerboard ground in my studio. I do know it’s a model new painted ground, and it hasn’t even totally cured (I feel full remedy takes about 30 days), however I’ve already been very impressed with the sturdiness of this paint.

painted checkerboard floor design on hardwood

Cooper has even been in right here (my hyper 100-pound canine who gained’t let me contact his toes, so I can’t clip his claws), and the ground held up completely to his craziness.

How to: painting a checkerboard floor

I don’t plan to do a transparent coat on the ground as a result of that may simply complicate the touch-up course of, and would defeat all the objective and my reasoning for having a painted ground within the first place. In order that implies that as soon as I get the remainder of the pencil marks off of this facet of the room (the pencil marks that have been hiding below painters tape), I’ll be able to put protecting paper over this facet of the room, get all of my stuff moved over to this facet, and get began on the remainder of the ground. It’s been a sluggish course of, however not less than I’m making progress! And fact be informed, whereas portray a checkerboard ground is a prolonged course of, the problem stage is sort of low. It’s been a enjoyable and satisfying DIY undertaking to tackle.

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