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Dear House on the Mill

Bedroom Update - Floors!

Here's a bedroom update - the floors are now completed!  My original plan was to have the bedroom hardwood floors sanded and finished to match the rest of the hardwoods in the house.  However, the hefty price tag wasn't as appealing.  The floors have been painted a few times (I'm not actually sure how many times total) in the last 93 years.  So, that means to get them sanded down it adds a lot of money for each paint layer.  So, what's one more layer of paint until I decide to pay to have them refinished...

There is specific paint to use when painting your floors because it has to be durable enough to withstand everyday walking, moving, playing, furniture and little paws.  Oil-based enamel floor paint is durable enough to paint high traffic areas.  The brand we chose didn't have many colors to choice from but it had great reviews on the paint itself so I picked, "Brown."  Nothing fancy, a color that wouldn't bring too much attention to the floors but gave the room a cohesive feel.  It brings out the stained wood in the headboard and makes the white in the room really pop.

This process has just a few steps: 1. Remove ALL furniture, rugs, or anything that sits on the floor that is removable. 2. Clean the floors. 3. Paint the trim area using a brush. 4. Paint the main area of the floor with a roller.  Your biggest challenge is not painting yourself into a corner :) 5. You can also add a sealer top coat if you think the area needs it.

The worst part of this process is the smell - it's unpleasant and calls for several outside breaks during the process.  Make sure to ventilate the area you are working in REALLY WELL!  It's also best to not stay in the home for 24-48 hours - especially with children and pets.  We planned it out so that it was over an extended weekend and we wouldn't be home.  My Mother-In-Law was such a HUGE help during this so a special thanks to her!

Overall, I'm very happy with the results.  The room looks so much better without the chipping grey paint all over the floor. 


Our son really wanted to be in the photo but was very unhappy when our dog decided he no longer wanted jump on the bed with him...But...This floor will withstand many, many more tantrums, toys, dog and son chases, falls, and spills.

I'm so very thankful for the emails and comments I've received for this blog.  I simply try to remember that you can find beauty in everything - so open your eyes and look around.

"He has made everything beautiful in its time.  He has also set eternity in the human heart; yet, no one can fathom what God has done from beginning to end." Ecclesiastes 3:11

As always, thank you for reading.