Painted Subfloors

With 5 dogs, my bedroom carpet is quickly becoming a thing of the past. Yes, we own a steam cleaner, but our carpet is just not holding up to the wear and tear of all the dogs plus 4 humans. It’s a hot mess!

There’s my 5 co-workers {clockwise from top left: Darla, Simon, Lucy, Oscar & Jed} enjoying the sunshine in the carpeted bonus room/office.

I think that painting the subfloors is a inexpensive alternative to hardwoods, when we run into that kind of cash we’ll definitely go with hardwoods, but for now I think this is a great idea!


Country Living

Style at Home

This Old House

Painted Subfloors: Ashley Ann Photography

These {above} are my absolute favorite floors, I’ve even emailed my husband a link to her blog post, his response was “don’t do this without me being there – period.” {That phrase just sends me in the opposite direction, I am seriously dreamin’ though I haven’t bought paint yet, but it’s on my to-do list.}

1. Remove carpet, padding, tacking
2. Use putty to fill in seam, holes and other spots
3. Rent a belt sander and sand with 80-grit and 150-grit
4. Clean
5. Roll on 1st coat of porch paint
6. Sand with a finishing block
7. Clean
8. Roll on 2nd coat of porch paint
9. Optional: stencil / stain
10. Add layer of water based polyurenthane

Who’s with me?!


  1. Frances says

    Those floors are gorgeous. Years back I had a crazy neighbor who played saxophone at all hours of the day and night, and worked on his little studio apartment. One day I got off the elevator walked past his open door, and found he had sanded and painted his wooden floor bright red. It was awesome actually. White as snow walls with this fire engine floor. I doubt yours will be red, but I know they will be awesome.


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