Sunday, January 18, 2009

cheap and easy new floors

one of the situs i had with the big move in: the old floors had been ripped out and i need new floors-but i am on a budget and i need things on the eco-side.
Alan, my landlord has offered to put carpet in. but i am really very weary about going through the whole carpet thing again-the mess, dust, pet dander (you know you really never get carpet clean) and you have to do at least once a year deep clean. not to mention carpet is not recycled (unless you go with FLOR), recyclable and has a whole bunch of nasty toxins in it that off gas...basically not having it.
this is what i am dealing with:
yeah they kind of look cool, but the bedroom looks completely different and has a bunch of stains from the past tenant (don't ask).
so i decided to do a DIY floor.

1. pick out a color that you want your floors to be. ever since i saw the place, i wanted a dark chocolate brown on my floors. AFM Safecoat has a low-VOC floor paint that is super thick and has great coverage (about 1 gal covers 400+ feet).2. on your hands and knees, search every inch of the floor for nails, staples, broken pieces of wood, etc. do this SEVERAL times.
3. sand the entire floor if you can, you can use a hand sander (i only had 2 rooms to do-still sucked).
4. tape off all the corners, dont be lazy it is totally worth the work. mop the floors at least 2 times and give the floors a good vacuum before you start.5. get painting! i used a smaller roller brush which gave me more control over the paint. do at least 2 coats (maybe 3) and allow 4 hours dry time between coats.
6. if you need extra durability, Safecoat has a great low-VOC floor sealer called Polyuraseal BP, this stuff is pricy (like $40/qrt) but will make the floors last, make them more resistant to scratching, can give a great shine/make it look pricy...i didnt use it.
this is the finished product-not too bad huh?

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