Painted Studio Floor In Progress! (Plus, Three Options For My Checked Floor)

Photo of author
Written By Jim J Neal

I’m finally making good progress on my painted studio floor project. I’m painting the floor in sections, and the section I’m working on now is 19.5 feet by 14 feet. Once this area is dry, I’ll cover it, move everything to one side of the room, and then start on the back section, which is 19.5 feet by 7.5 feet, plus the back entry, half bathroom, and storage room.

This weekend, I was able to do the painting. All of the prep work was complete (sanding, wood filling, priming, and more sanding), so I was able to move onto the fun part. I applied one coat of primer and two coats of porch and floor paint in a light gray color. When I saw how bright and clean the light gray looked against the original floor, I was surprised. I knew the white would look really clean and bright against it, but I wasn’t expecting the light gray to have such a contrast.

Today, I’ll be ready to start taping off the design and painting the white checkerboard pattern on the floor. This will be the exciting part, watching the floor go from a plain solid color to a fun design. But I’m still not sure exactly how I want to do the floor. I want a checkerboard floor, but I’m not sure if I want a border around the wall or if the border should follow the wall and the cabinets.

I’ve done a few mockups of the two different designs, but I’m still not sure which one I want to go with. One option is to just do a simple checkerboard design in the entire area. The other is to have a border that follows the walls and the cabinets. I like the idea of using the two colors to make the different areas distinct, but I’m worried that the border along the wall with the two windows and the wallpaper would be lost.

So I’m still debating, but I think I’ll just start on the checkerboard design, and see if I get clarity as I progress.