Painted Floors

I have always loved these type of floors.  Big planks…painted white…rustic with character.  I am pricing out wood floors for my master bedroom and would love to have them painted white.  Although, I have a feeling by the time I get to the painting bit I will have met my budget.  But I think I could be happy living with the natural wood, like the last image, for a year or so and then painting white. 
Does anyone have any tips or suggestions for this type of look?  Type of wood.  Painting suggestions.  Do’s or dont’s.  Would love your input!
image 1  Beach Studios
image 1 Car Mobel
image 3 ?


  • Millie
    Commented on January 26th, 2009 at 1:36am

    Trina, these images are just delightful! Ness over @ Marley&Lockyer did a post on painting the wooden floors white in her very old cottage in Tasmania last year sometime. She described the process really well, not complicated, but full of useful tips for the novice. The results in her bedroom looks outstanding.
    Millie ^_^

  • lily-g
    Commented on January 26th, 2009 at 1:40am

    I just love the raw look and when they start to look tired you could paint them white. the images are gorgeous x

  • A-M
    Commented on January 26th, 2009 at 2:25am

    No tips as of yet…still learning myself. I too adore white floors but I would too scared of becoming a slave to cleaning them. Had to write and say, I LOVE the last picture! A-M xx

  • AnastasiaC
    Commented on January 26th, 2009 at 2:59am

    oh i love these lighter floors too – great images!
    we currently have dark original floorboards in my home – i sometimes wish they were darker, i love rich dark brown with neutral shades on the walls.

  • Callie Grayson
    Commented on January 26th, 2009 at 7:41am

    I love big wide planks. I love walnut flooring, it’s dark and grounding. but i do love the white it’s so fresh.
    lovely images.

  • Maggie May
    Commented on January 26th, 2009 at 11:54am

    i’ve seen some shiny blackish painted floors like this that i looved.

  • LG
    Commented on January 26th, 2009 at 12:21pm

    Hi Trina, we painted all the floors in our previous apartment white (see pics here, and we loved it. It made a huge difference to the light in the apartment which was really important during the winter months! But I would recommend getting a hard wearing paint that is meant for floors, and do be prepared for the cleaning, the dust is much more noticeable on white floors!


  • Kotori
    Commented on January 26th, 2009 at 1:08pm

    Love the painted floors! I pulled up the carpet in my spare bedroom and painted the floor in a diamond pattern… I would suggest using a good primer and then buy porch paint. You just get it at Home Depot with the regular paints (you can have it tinted whatever color you want). It is designed to hold up to foot traffic. Please post pics once you’ve done it – I’d love to see them!

  • Ashton
    Commented on January 26th, 2009 at 2:27pm

    I love them too, the remind me of a home by the shore.

  • Miz.November
    Commented on January 26th, 2009 at 3:10pm

    Hey, speaking of budget, I thought I would mention that around here (NC) it is quite popular to use re-furbished barn wood for wide plank floors. May come out cheaper. Its worth a shot.

  • my favorite and my best
    Commented on January 26th, 2009 at 3:48pm

    hi! i was just looking through a coastal living magazine and thinking man, i love white painted floors. article said to use high gloss enamel porch paint. i plan to do it to my house one day too.

  • katiecrackernuts
    Commented on January 26th, 2009 at 5:27pm

    I like the porch paint tip. We pulled carpet up from the back rooms of our place and noted it made the house a lot more noisy. There’s still carpet in the front but it needs to be replaced and we still haven’t decided. The floor boards were always supposed to be covered and the builer – 40 years ago – allowed the boards to become covered with paint and there are knot holes and nails still sticking up (see here: We need to punch the nails down and then have it properly sanded and then … hmmm, I like the idea of the white boards and would allow for floor traffic to scuff it, but we noted just in vaccumming our rough boards we needed to buy a special attachment to not scratch the boards. It just seemed to go on and on. I am almost to the point of considering covering them again. I am glad we lived with what was there for a bit because we didn’t expect the noise factor, nor the little quirks of caring for them. I still love boards, but am much the wiser for not diving in and leaving them a bit “unprecious” for a few years.

  • SimplyGrove
    Commented on January 26th, 2009 at 6:17pm

    Love love all of these floors! They feel so clean and fresh!

  • la la Lovely
    Commented on January 26th, 2009 at 9:21pm

    Thanks for all of the tips everyone.. you are all such resourceful dears!

    LG – your former home is stunning.. so bright and cheery.. love the images.

    Great idea about the porch paint, all of you.. that sounds like the way to go.

    Katie – good things to think about!!

    Thank you all again, everyone!

  • Blueprint Bliss
    Commented on January 26th, 2009 at 11:10pm

    Love painted wood floors….

    Thanks for your comment on my blog. I had my chairs slipcovered by Sheri Corey in Birmingham, AL. Her website is

  • Tina
    Commented on January 27th, 2009 at 9:40am

    these rooms are so beautiful! that dining room is just perfect!

  • Melissa Lewis
    Commented on January 27th, 2009 at 11:42pm

    I am a huge adorer of the painted floors, though I have learned that LOTS of people are scared to death of them. So I was excited to read your love for them as well.

    You just need a good prime, paint and then sealer and your ready to go:)

  • drollgirl
    Commented on January 30th, 2009 at 7:55pm

    painted wood is kind of a crime. very sorry to say that, and please don’t take offense.

  • hmstrjam
    Commented on February 6th, 2009 at 12:31pm

    love the white, the top photo is my fave!

  • Suzanne : : S.HOPtalk
    Commented on February 23rd, 2009 at 2:30pm

    I’ve been dying to try this in one of our rooms…I’m such a chicken! Beautiful inspiration.

  • the7daggetts
    Commented on October 13th, 2009 at 4:29pm

    You can get unfinished wide plank white pine flooring through Lumber Liquidators for a little over a dollar a square foot. We're going to be able to do our whole house for 3,500 dollars!! You should check them out at their website.

  • Roxana | ANGHEL
    Commented on April 1st, 2011 at 6:43am

    Hi, Trina! Love your blog! I discovered it looking for some decorating ideas on how to match wall colors with white wood floor. It's just perfect for me. I will visit you again soon.

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