Should I paint over the hardwood foors?
I have a 1946 prep-fab bungalow house that was built near Dobbins AFB/Lockheed Martin in Marietta, GA to house workers at the Lockheed plant during WWII.
Before I purchased the house two years ago, the seller had the carpet ripped up and the hardwood floors refinished. Not only did they do a so-so job with the sander (they went down so far in some spots that they had to use a wood filler), but she had them put an oil finish on the floor instead of a polyurethane.
My dogs (and me, ok, I admit it) get water and wet "stuff" on the floor all the time. I try to keep it dry, but everywhere it gets wet it turns white. I've been told that once a hardwood floor has had an oil finish applied, the only way to refinish it is to sand it again and apply a sealer. Considering the workers almost scalped it the first time, I'm scared to death to do anymore sanding.
That leaves me with painting. I don't have a problem with painting over hardwood. I love the floors, but I can't deal with the water spots all over the place. Do you think painted wooden floors would be appealing in a 1000 sq ft bungalow? Seems to me like it's the perfect kind of house to do it in, but this is my first home so I don't always make informed decisions.