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For the greatest transformation on a small spending budget, you cannot beat painting. A brand new color on the walls can change the mood of the room, but it does not stop there: a few coats can change up a piece of furniture or transform an entire kitchen. Painted wood floors are the most associated with seaside cottages, where they originated for their no-fuss practicality. But paint isn’t only for hardwood floors: you may also paint tiles, concrete, plywood, even linoleum.
 
Here are things to know about painting floors. You will need an escape plan.
 
Do not paint yourself in a corner.
 
Have an escape route in mind: start from the side of the room opposite the door, then back your way out. The best paint could be in a marine supply store. You do not want to have to tiptoe across your painted floors, lest they chip or show wear, the whole appeal is that they are hardwearing and practical. To achieve this effect, use at least a semi-gloss paint from the paint aisle, covered with a few polyurethane if you are concerned about wear.
 
Yet, it might pay to look beyond standard interior paints.
 
Seek out latex enamel-based marine, boat, or porch paint, all of which are hardwearing and built to wear. Note that oil-based paints will be hardy, but will also be high in VOCs, learn more about that in Remodeling 101: All You Need to know about VOCs in Paint. Save your back by utilizing a floor buffer. If it is finished wood floors you are painting, you will need to sand and prime. It may be backbreaking work if you are on the hands and knees with sandpaper or an orbital sander.
 
Save your back and rent a floor pad at the hardware stores. Dark, does not mean disguised. General wisdom would make us believe that white or light-colored floors show every speck of dust and dirt, while black- or dark-colored floors disguise debris. But that is misleading: we have been told that dark-colored floors show a lot more than you’d think, including every dust rabbit and crumb. If the disguise is the only reason behind going dark, think twice before you commit.
 
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