After the carpet came up and OUT....I found guess what? Particleboard....OH NO!!
Now what? My husband suggested "tiles, the stick down kind"....not exactly what I was thinking. I wanted a painted floor, and I knew the design I wanted right smack dab in the center of the floor. Did I mention it was a small room? I wanted my design to be front and center, not covered with tables, etc.
My husband: "This is not gonna work. You can't make it look right."
Now, I am one of these artistic type people that you do not tell you can't do something because I will die trying.
OK...first I filled the gaps in the particleboard with wood filler. (Actually the guy at Lowe's thought I was nuts too.) When it dried I sanded the wood filler down. I looked around at the floor, all the little sticky-up, splinter-type pieces and I will admit that for a brief second I had my doubts as well, but...ONWARD AND UPWARD.... I picked a Walnut stain because I wanted it dark. I knew any imperfections would hide better and after I put up my curtains that would surely help.
OK...people....do your homework first. I did not. I took a paint roller and drowned the particleboard with dark walnut stain, and actually expected it to dry. I should have applied the stain then wiped it up with an old rag.....Day 4......still tacky.....day 5, still tacky....and I was using a big fan. OK...gotta rethink this....
My ex used to use cat litter to dry up all the oil in his diesel shop....nooooo not gonna use my 4 cats litter. What???? RICE. Yep, I did.....I took 2 pounds of rice and dumped it out on the floor. Then my daughter and I proceeded to dance the day away mashing and crushing the rice into the floor. Crazy? I wondered.
IT WORKED! I vacuumed it all up and damp mopped it. Good. then I began painting my design from free hand in the center of the floor. I used acrylic paints and it was soon dry. The polyurethane came next. I ended up putting 3 coats over the whole floor. It took about 4 days after the final coat to get dry enough to walk on. Probably took 2 days per coat. But.....wow....I surprised myself. I love it, and I hope you will also...