Monthly Archives: August 2017

A Big Mistake?

The existing yellow pine flooring on our second story is, well, yellow. We’ve sampled many off-the-shelf stains and they all come out a strong yellow-orange color – something I’m personally not too crazy about. 

Our raw yellow pine floors today (after sanding).

Painting our second story’s existing pine wood floors is something we’re I’m considering.  (Blaine is on the fence.)  The decision must be made soon!

Our yellow pine floors today.

In the 1700s when decoratively painted walls became popular, the same idea applied to wood floors.  When carpet became economically available, wood floors that were not painted were meant to be covered in carpet. The idea of painted wood floors has been around for centuries, but today I am getting a lot of flak for this consideration, even from our own flooring crew!  But why?  What is so sacrilegious about painting wood floors today?  Could it be a big mistake?  


William McLure apartment with white flooring.

Notice the painted wood floors under the seagrass rug of this historic Maine home.

Painted floors of a farmhouse kitchen on Long Island. (Scanned from How to Decorate by Martha Stewart.)

Gingham painted wood floors by Eve Ashcraft. (Scanned from How to Decorate by Martha Stewart.)

Creamy opaque wood floors of a drawing room designed by Albert Hadley.

Andrea painted their upstairs hallway a light gray to lighten the space.

Gray-blue floors found in a Minnesota Greek Revival, circa 1855.

High-gloss gray painted wood floors with modern styling.

A geometric checkerboard pattern, a popular pattern choice in the 1700s, in a French home.

Painted wood floors are in the kitchen of this Suzanne Rheinstein designed kitchen. Notice the small diamond pattern.

Am I crazy for wanting to paint our old yellow pine floors?  I would love to hear your thoughts on this topic!  (Comments are welcome below.)

By the way, our new white oak flooring is being installed downstairs week!  

Sneak peek: