*UPDATE added at the end of the post.
Why did I wait so long? We moved into our 1950 Cape Cod 2 1/2 years ago and I've wanted to paint the unattractive parquet floor since the first day.
I'm not so paint crazed that I paint everything in sight. I love a beautiful hardwood floor, and can't wait to redo the hardwood floors in the rest of the house. However, this parquet was nothing special, tired looking and only in this room. This kitchen needed something fun, I just KNEW it!
What I used on the floor was Sherwin Williams Porch and Floor Enamel. It required no primer because this type of enamel will adhere better than a primer would. Less work for me!
The Prep - I was told I only needed to sweep and mop the floor, but I decided to use a prepaint cleaner to give me an edge. I cuts the gloss and was super easy.
My game plan worked out pretty well. Cut in the trim in the evening, and before bed I rolled the first coat on the rest of the floor. This way no one would need to be in the kitchen, and we kept the pets in our bedroom overnight. I have to say when I walked into the kitchen in the morning it took my breath! I loved it!! Just look at that color! A second coat when on and was dry by lunch. We did let it cure a day before moving things back in, and a week later I'm having not a single regret and love spending time in the kitchen.
I'm thinking that if I ever tire of the sea of aqua, it could someday look super cute with a checkerboard floor by adding some white, and would really look good with our kitchen still being original to 1950 for the most part. When the day comes that we can finally gut this kitchen and renovate, some beautiful new flooring will be coming my way, but until then it's more fun to hang out in here than ever before!
From drab to fab!
*WEAR-ABILITY UPDATE: When I originally finished painting I didn't follow up with any sort of clear coat. After 4-5 months I was having trouble getting the traffic pattern clean and it seemed the paint was sort of absorbing the dirt. Before the holidays I decided to add a fresh top coat of my color and then follow up this time with a clear polyurethane. Perfect! It eliminated any porosity of the paint and was what I should have done after completing the job originally.
The product I topped it off with is made by RustOLeum, and I used cloth type applicator for a smooth finish.
Small cost + a little time and muscle = fresh updated look! We went from a space that was sad and depressing to a bright and cheery kitchen that I now enjoy being in.
Our small 1950 kitchen when we moved in last year... tired cabinets, beige tile and sparkly beige laminate. We chose to take on some other more necessary remodel projects for the first few years, and since the kitchen is basically in good shape that remodel will be last. It will be a total gut job eventually, but not for at least 4 or 5 years. In the meantime I need to at least want to be in there!
Quite honestly, I was cooking less and just didn't like to be in there, so it was a no-brainer to at least do some easy low cost updates to make it a space to enjoy. The first step was the counter top update last spring. You can read the blog post about that process here.
I purchased this tile paint product online and although it was super smelly (open the windows!), it only took two coats to make the beige tile and grout bright white!
Next was new hardware. Cup pulls for the drawers, for a little cottage/industrial feel. Knobs for the cabinets doors meant filling in the current handle screw holes with wood filler. That process took all of 5 minutes to fill them in, and an hour later sanded them smooth. So easy!
The final change that made the biggest update bang for our buck was the cabinet doors! I removed the flat panel doors, then measured and marked for the opening that was going to be cut out. I did add a small piece of trim inside the opening edge for a more finished look, and then used clear silicone to attach the glass before reinstalling the doors. The cost here was less than $10 a door! Lastly, all the cabinets got a fresh coat of paint.
It's finally a cheerful place to grab a glass of wine and do some cooking! Not depressing at all, and for a very minimal cost. The most expensive part of the process was the countertop product, but that being said, the entire process ~ paint, countertops, hardware, and glass was only around $400. Even with the lack of counter space, and doors that won't quite close, this will last me for quite some time!
FINALLY!! A few rainy days have given me time to finish and photograph my kitchen counter make-over and WE LOVE IT!! I purchased the counter top kit last November before we moved in, and it only took until May to have a chance to dig it out. Not too shabby!
AFTER - Slate Grey Concrete like finish.
Cleaning and taping are the only prep needed - no pre-sanding of any kind!!
Step Two - This adhesive mix is sort of like sand mixed in glue, and is applied twice, with 4 hours of drying and lots of sanding after each coat.
Day two is where you feel like you are really doing something! After following a video tutorial I mixed up the thick batter and began troweling it on. I had taped off and hung plastic over the cabinets but had not prepared for the mess I was going to make on the floor. At least once it hardens I could scrape it up... a little scrubbing did the trick!
Each of these THREE layers also have to cure and then get sanded. I started early enough in the morning to actually complete all three in one day - and had a few fans going to keep the rainy day from slowing down the drying process.
Day 3 was the sealer and boy did it make the slate color pop! That night I put on the satin top coat and now I'm in LOVE!!
The game plan is that later this summer/fall, the two cabinets above the sink will be torn out, with new subway tile going up and open wood shelving. I can't wait until that happens and I'm sure it will feel so much more updated.
If you are interested in this process and product, I used Encore Countertop Kit. It was some work but I would not hesitate to do it again! So worth it for a smidgen of the cost compared to putting in real concrete countertops.
Who Am I?
I've tried it all...hair stylist/faux painter/stay at home mom/jewelry artist/late in life college student/retail shop owner/design consultant/home stager. Through it all I've loved doing home renovations, DIY and thrifting.