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Sun-room floor, can I paint?

Posted by jane__ny (My Page) on
Fri, Oct 24, 08 at 11:57

Could I paint this plywood floor with a deck paint and put an area rug on top?

I have posted before regarding this sun-room. Considered tile, vinyl or carpeting but all are too expensive. I'm putting the house on the market in Spring and want the room to look clean and fresh. How do you think it would look?
The room is approx. 14x20

sun-room 10-08

Plywood floor:
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Jane


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RE: Sun-room floor, can I paint?

I've seen it done and it can look great. The buyers would probably prefer to choose their own flooring anyway. Its a sunroom so it doesn't need much to show it off.


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RE: Sun-room floor, can I paint?

Yes!! Paint it with deck or outdoor paint -- a couple of coats -- and then simply add a sisal or rag rug to draw the room together!


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RE: Sun-room floor, can I paint?

I have seen some wonderful examples of painted floors - some of them posted on this forum, I believe. If you do it up fancy enough, you could skip the area rug.


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RE: Sun-room floor, can I paint?

So that is an underlayment, not a subfloor? The short answer seems to be that yes,you can paint that plywood. I am planning to do the same using porch and deck paint in one section of my finished basement.

However, because you plan to sell your home in the near future, you might want to know that I asked a similar question (regarding my porch/sunroom) on the flooring forum last year as I expect to install tile later, and was advised not to contaminate the subfloor (in my case) with paint or glue if I was planning to tile over it in the future. The explanation was that "paint is a bond breaker ..so you can't go back and use a thinset or an adhesive later on without sanding the paint off". The implication is that applying paint will limt the options or complicate things for the buyer. Best check before you apply paint.


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RE: Sun-room floor, can I paint?

I would totally paint it and I think it will look great. Your house will sell and if the new owners want to change it, they can replace or cover the plywood if it turns out to be necessary.


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RE: Sun-room floor, can I paint?

if it looks half this good, you'll be all set (definitely check this out because it is a sunroom too and has instructions for what they did):

http://www.thisyounghouse.com/2008/08/how-to-paint-a-floor/


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RE: Sun-room floor, can I paint?

Thank you all so much! Metromom, thanks for the link, what a beautiful job he did. He painted over concrete and I'm assuming the same goes for wood. Beach rose, I never thought about putting tile over paint. I'm sure whoever buys it will put tile, but they will have to deal with the floor. Might be easier to lay more plywood on top. I call this a subfloor because I don't believe there is anything beneath it except the porch beams. This deck is 2 stories high (house is built on a hill), and I think this plywood is it.

Would appreciate any color suggestions. Maybe that brown would work. Was thinking more beachy look, except for a wicker table, I really don't have furniture. I've always filled the room with plants on benches.

Jane


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RE: Sun-room floor, can I paint?

In my sunroom (which was very almost identical to yours) I painted the plywood floor with a tan paint. I blended white paint in as I went so that you could see both colors throughout. I then covered the floor with inexpensive cream colored bound berber rugs. It looked good - finished enough not to be noticed.

I used regular paint that I had left over from other projects. The tan was a RL semigloss and the white was whatever I had. It held up well and was easy to clean...
Goodluck!


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RE: Sun-room floor, can I paint?

I think it is a great idea. You could also have some fun. I love diamond shaped painted floors.


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RE: Sun-room floor, can I paint?

Wow, I love those. I wonder how you do that. I suppose painters tape to make the design. This is turning out to be fun compared to all the other stuff I have to figure out. Japhy, do you have a photo? I have no idea what color. I was thinking walls a soft blue/grey or maybe a light beige?

Take a look at my room again. I'm hanging a ceiling fan from the center. But I need a color scheme.

Thanks so much again. I have so much to do with the house, I'd love to get one room finished.

Jane


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RE: Sun-room floor, can I paint?

Jane, I was not attempting to discourage you from painting your floor. I just wanted to share what I learned through my own experience, because you had mentioned that you once considered using tile. Also, whoever buys the house might choose a floating floor and the paint wonít make a difference.

Although I decided not to use paint on my porch/sunroom, I plan to go ahead with painting the plywood floor in the finished basement. Like you, I am contemplating a beachy (or summery) look, especially since I am on the coast. I thought about a distressed white or a gray similar to weathered shingles or weathered wood (ThereĎs so much of it around here). The patterned floors look great and seem like fun. The possibilities are endless. You can use stencils or sponging. You can also paint a faux area rug. This year I donít have the time or patience to attempt a pattern, but I am trying to learn decorative painting and maybe soon I can acquire the skills to attempt a pattern. For now, the painted floor is something inexpensive to go under area rugs.

Iím no help with a color scheme, but your wicker serving cart is great and will probably look good no matter what colors you choose. With area rugs, lots of plants and that lovely wicker cart, the floors donít have to be noticeable unless the paint looks really good.


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