PAINTING THE LIVING ROOM FLOOR TILES: PART II

Life has gotten in the way over the past couple of weeks, but I was finally able to finish painting the living room floor tiles for our temporary flooring fix. If you remember in my last post, I started painting the first side of the asbestos tile we uncovered beneath the old carpeting. Since then, I finished painting the floor tiles and applied a coat of water based polyurethane.

Painting the living room floor tiles

Truthfully, I’m not thrilled with how the polyurethane turned out. I decided to use a water-based polyurethane to avoid the harsh fumes of an oil-based product, but found that since most are geared towards wood flooring and other wood finishes, it didn’t work as well as I had hoped on the black paint. The finish turned out pretty cloudy and splotchy in some spots, which probably wouldn’t have been noticeable on a lighter paint color, but was definitely evident on this black floor.

Painting the living room floor tiles

There is something to be said about embracing imperfection, though. If this wasn’t just a temporary flooring fix, I would have been more anxious to resolve the issue but, even though the perfectionist in me died a little bit, I decided not to waste my time, money, and energy on re-doing the floors.

PAINTING THE LIVING ROOM FLOOR TILES

Now don’t get me wrong, I’ve had moments of weakness where I wanted to pull all of the furniture back out of the room and repaint, but the more rational side of me knew it wasn’t worth is. For now, I’m just embracing accidental imperfection and telling myself it looks more natural this way ;)

PAINTING THE LIVING ROOM FLOOR TILES

I collected some rugs from around the house and layered them in the living room to not only hide some of the trouble spots in the floor but also warm and cozy it up a bit. Albeit the little poly snafu, I’m really excited about how much better the floor looks already. From old carpeting to holy 50’s asbestos tiles, to freshly painted black floors, I’m digging the transition.

PAINTING THE LIVING ROOM FLOOR TILES

As always, there’s still LOTS to do in here (like finishing trim & molding, finding a large area rug & other long-term furniture and accessories, and, of course, deciding on a permanent flooring option) but it’s pretty crazy how far this room has come. I’m trying to take one step at a time and enjoy this slow yet rewarding renovation progress.

And since you know I’m a sucker for a good before and after, here’s a reminder of just how far this room has come…

PAINTING THE LIVING ROOM FLOOR TILES

4 thoughts on “PAINTING THE LIVING ROOM FLOOR TILES: PART II

  1. Hi there!

    Thank you so much for this post!
    Wondering how durable this turned out to be? My hubby and I are looking to do the same on our floors- worried about dining room chairs chipping the paint off etc?

    • Hi Nicole-

      This was a temporary solution for us, so we didn’t have it long term enough for me to make a final judgement on durability, but for the time we kept it, it held up well, even with two big dogs! I think the key is making sure you apply a heavy duty primer (tinted, if you’re going with a dark paint color). Also, add furniture pads to your dining chair legs to help further with longevity. Hope that helps! Good luck!

      Maggie

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