Plywood flooring painted to look like weathered planks (image via Coastal Living)
Plywood flooring with faux finish by Suzanne Stryker (image via Google)Plywood flooring painted glossy red by Brownstoner (image via Brownstoner.com)
Checkerboard painted plywood flooring (image via Photo Bucket)
If you are searching for a way to create a beautiful floor while on a budget I suggest painting your plywood sub flooring. Not only is it cost effective it will allow you to create something completely unique and personal to your space.
- Sand: Sand any imperfections in the flooring (dents, holes, etc.) going with the grain & fill with wood putty. For large areas it is recommended to use a pole sander. Please take care to use a dust mask and safety glasses for safety!
- Clean: Wipe the floor down using a damp cloth. You must ensure that the floor is completely clean prior to beginning priming.
- Primer: Once your floor has dried, paint on a coat of primer using a paintbrush (or use self-priming paint). Let the primer coat dry.
- Paint: Paint a base coat on the floor using a roller. Again, remember not to paint yourself into a corner and start at the farthest corner of the room! A good tip is to roll away from a dry area to a wet area to minimize marks and leave a smooth coat.
- Pattern: Let the base coat dry thoroughly before painting your pattern. Now is the time to be creative (faux finishes, patterns, faux rugs, etc.) I would strongly recommend using a stencil or painter's tape for any pattern with repeats or straight lines.
- Cure: The finished floor needs to set for at least two days, after your last coat of paint, prior to stepping onto the flooring.