Tuesday, August 2, 2011

Chevron Painted Floor {Subfloor}

I did it!!  I painted the subfloor and it cost me only the price of 1.5 rolls of painters tape!!  I used the leftover paint from my painted stairs and some charcoal and white I already had also!!  I hand painted the whole floor with a brush.  I started just to see what it looked like and didn't stop :)


Before we moved in it looked like this:

I ripped all the carpet out and exposed the subfloor.  We lived on that for 3 months before I decided to paint it.

Here are pics of the floor after the carpet was taken out.
This is actually the kitchen floor where the nasty foam carpet was.
So much better :)
Ran out of painters tape twice...the yellow is automotive painters tape :) Use what you've got, right?
The stray yellow piece is from Audrey, she started pulling the tape off.

And all the Afters...........

 I know this floor is just temporary, so I didn't fill in the cracks, sand it, prime it or anything fancy.  I literally swept it and started painting.  I don't care if it wears off in spots or if it's perfect.  The dog walked across it in a spot, I was going to paint over it...but I like it :)  I also messed up a little in one spot where I went over the tape.  Oops!

I also painted the vents because I couldn't have the fabulous floor and nasty old vents.


 I cleaned them and sprayed them with Krylon's oil rubbed bronze :) Love them!

This whole project took about 3 days.  I was only working in 15 min to hour time spans because that's all I could squeeze in.  I painted 2 coats of the white and it probably needed 3 or 4, but I am into the worn look :)

I just realized that I have a lot of :) in this post....I really love it :)  It makes me smile!

-Make your life beautiful!!

I also entered this in Creating with the Stars!!

The Girl Creative ,
The DIY Showoff
Sisters of the Wild West
The Tattered Tag
Flamingo Toes,

Under the Table and Dreaming
I Heart Nap Time

Skip To My Lou,
Thrifty Decor Chick,
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Tip Junkie,
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Today's Creative Blog
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Handmade Tuesday

Blue Cricket Design
Not Just A Housewife
Someday Crafts 

Handy Man, Crafty Woman
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Paisley Passions
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The Shabby Chic Cottage
Somewhat Simple

Fingerprints on the Fridge
Miss Mustard Seed
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Shabby Nest
Tidy Mom
Little Lucy Lu
My Simple HomeLife

Funky Junk Interiors
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Tatertots and Jello
Young and Crafty


  1. fabulous! i love that you were bold and brave enough to do this-but like you said, it's the subfloor. so why not try something fun like this out!

  2. Good for you! Your fearlessness paid of big time! This looks great and those minor imperfections makes it look like its been there forever. I just imagine that down the road, if the next home owner goes to refinish whatever fabulous floor you finally choose, that they find this special surprise on the subfloor!

  3. So smart. :) Love how it turned out. Would love to have you link this up to my {wow me} wednesday link party going on right now over on my blog.. if you haven‘t already. Hope to see you there. {I’m a new follower.} :)


  4. Hi! I am your newest follower through Crystal & Co Blog Hop! I love this post and look forward to following your blog!

    Please come visit me at http://aspiringnewmoms.blogspot.com :)

  5. Holy cow! This is SO awesome! I'm officially jealous.. :)

    xo Catharine @ Your Modern Couple

  6. Holy cow ... so freakin' awesome! You rock!

  7. That looks so cool! What a fun idea to brighten up the floor under your table! I love the chevron stripes! I have a party going on over at my blog if you want to join! I'd love to have you! Check it out under the "Stache Party" page on my blog: mylilpumpkinpatch.blogspot.com

  8. Fantastic idea! My husband would divorce me if I painted our brand new wood floors, but this is going in the mental file for future reference!

  9. Absolutely positively LOVE this floor!!! "Imitation is the most sincere form of flattery," right? Just remember that when I use your post for inspiration!

    visiting from

  10. Whoah it's incredible! WOW! I have a crafty crush on you because I don't know that I would have the guts to do this! I mean I've seen it before and I always love it but I'm a huge chicken! I need to take more risks! I hope you will show this off at my VIP party today! http://designergarden.blogspot.com/2011/08/vip-party-22.html

  11. Awesome! You are a very brave girl and look at the amazing pay off! WOW!!!!

  12. That is AMAZING! Looks like a fancy rug from the pics! Great job! :)

    PS - Found you from FOF!

    -Kelly @ www.viewalongtheway.com

  13. That is amazing, I love love love the chevron and the colors! Awesome job!

  14. Yaaaaaay you!!!! I ripped my bathroom carpet out a couple weeks ago & you're inspiring me!!!
    Great job!!

  15. Eeee!!!! That is AWESOME! I love that you can just wipe up any spills and don't have to worry about a rug getting dirty. So fun :D

  16. Just featured this at Little Lucy Lu!
    Thanks so much for linking up for Share the Fun Friday!
    Hope to see you again!
    ~Bec :-)
    (Feel free to grab a Little Lucy Lu Loves Me button from my buttons page if you'd like one!)

  17. This is just fantastic. You are after my own heart -- just grab the brush, start painting.

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  19. This looks great! You are brave to paint the floor, but it turned out fabulous!
    ~*Jessica Lauren @ Copy-Cat-Crafter

  20. I freakin' love it too! Great job on the straight lines! Come check me out!


  21. Nice job - your floor looks really cool!

  22. Wow, it looks great and I am so proud of you. I get nervous when I paint. I just painted stripes on my wall and that was hard but I would love to do this one day.
    Thanks for sharing and inspiring.
    following you now

  23. It has never occurred to me to paint a floor... Very neat!

  24. Yes, please! I love this! How awesome! I knew the second I saw this I wanted to feature it! Feel free to stop by and grab a button! Great job!!


  25. Awesome Kari!! :-) Love it :-) we were featured together over at CraptasticKatie! :-) And you can put as many smiley faces as you want, because it looks flippin' cool! :-) :-)

  26. This is unbelievably great! All those zigzags....you must have great patience.

    I'm your newest follower.

  27. I would have thought a zillion a times before ripping off the carpet. You are brave and why not.. you did a great job.

    We have a link-up party going on - Tea Time Thursdays @ Kreative Korner. I would really appreciate if you'd link up some of your awesome posts there. Hope to see you at the party.


  28. That is really amazing! What a great job!

  29. This is SO amazing! I love that you made what you already HAD work until you can get what you really WANT! Can't wait to see your projects for CWTS!

  30. I love it! Was so worth the time and effort you put into it! Looks great!


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