How I decoupaged my Plywood Floor

Where do I begin with today’s post? This was quite an undertaking but now that it is finally done? I couldn’t be happier. You can watch the video to see how it’s all done but I’m happy that I can add some more comments here about my floor. Before I go on I want to add the link to the stencil from Royal Design Studio that I used. https://www.royaldesignstudio.com/products/springtime-in-paris-lettering-stencil. The name of the stencil that I used is called Springtime in Paris-but if you would just like to have a look around this beautiful site, you can head on over to the home page and have a gander.  https://www.royaldesignstudio.com I am going to include a few pictures of the floor so you can see it under different lights. Here is how it looks at night under a light.  You can see the rich royal blue color and the contrast of the metallic silver French Script a lot more clearly now.  Before I began this project I knew it was going to require a commitment from me-I needed to commit a lot of time but I didn’t know how much. For this reason I procrastinated for years-literally.  When we moved into this house there was carpet down on the floor. Wall to wall carpet. I remember when a fastidiously neat cousin of mine had her carpets removed to have new hardwood flooring put down. She had the carpet removed from the least used room in the house. The carpet that she steam cleaned regularly. She was so embarrassed by how much dirt and dust there was on the floor once the carpet was pulled up. The padding beneath the carpet looked pretty bad too. Possibly from the steam cleaning? The steam got into the padding and how could it completely dry? Yuck…  Around that time I was living in a house in this adorable quiet and safe neighborhood. I used to jog a couple of miles a day. For some reason though, when I got back to my room I would always start to wheeze.  Not while running, not right after running, but only when I got into my wall to wall carpeted room. I knew the rugs in this room were old but only after I moved out did I realize how old they were. They were making me sick. Back to our present day home… I knew that a man lived in our house before we moved in, and eww, the thought of all of the hair, dander and spray that didn’t quite make the throne in the bathroom used to make me gag. I did the black light test over the rug and knew it had to go. I had no plans or money in the budget to do anything to the bare floor but I didn’t care. I justified that I would find the money, do something myself or just not allow anyone in that bathroom. I did do a faux marble technique over the plywood. It actually looked like marble except for one big problem-it looked like marble painted over plywood.   I never ever liked it. So the bathroom did become the room that was only seen by us. I knew that the cure for plywood was thicker paper over it. I had seen the paper bag floors done on youtube. I was impressed by a few of them but I also felt so limited. What if I didn’t want an amber hued floor in there? Especially one that looked like faux leather? I wanted  more of a romantic feel to the master bathroom, and so? My idea was born. 3 years ago. Life happened in the interim and I found myself saying ” I don’t have enough time” throughout all of my days, not just some days. I was doing too much, not finishing enough and certainly not feeling satisfied. It was only after I took a break from making weekly youtube video’s that I realized just how much time I was spending on the videos. It was preventing me from doing so much of everything else. I loved making the videos and I put in about 3 years of weekly videos without ever taking a vacation. Missing only a couple of weeks at different times due to people passing away.  My poor husband lost both of his parents last year, and while trying to keep up with my video’s and blogging, we also had to clean out a whole home with decades worth of memories, clothes and furniture. We had to of course still take care of our own home too. . But I digress. Somehow thank God!-this floor is finally done. You do need to know that there are different grades of plywood. I’ve seen some people paint plywood and it looks lovely, but it’s not as  bumpy or rugged as the plywood on my floor. I’ve also seen some painted plywood that doesn’t look so lovely. Since my plywood is a bit bumpy too, I can see a few ridges in my finished floor. But I don’t mind them at all. I will also be adding a few throw rugs and they will cover up some of the “not so perfect” spots. That said, I did mention that I would put the link to the woman’s blog post (from the site Domestic Imperfection) about her experience with top coats over paper floors. Here is her link. http://www.domesticimperfection.com/2014/04/the-paper-flooring-experiment-part-iii-sealer-options/

Now let me list the supplies you’ll need and the links to those supplies.

Contractors paper                                           http://amzn.to/2nGfA8B

Matte Paint (chalk paint is great)                     http://amzn.to/2opMXK6 I used a little more than a quart

Metallic Paint                                                  http://amzn.to/2pv7Hzl Used less than 1 container. 

Cutting Razor                                                  http://amzn.to/2oAGP3T

Stencil Brush                              https://www.royaldesignstudio.com/collections/decorative-finishing-tools/products/chalk-paint-brush-medium

 or Sponge roller brush                                http://amzn.to/2nGdqpP

Low Tack Tape                                             http://amzn.to/2nGjU7Y

Coarse Sanding block                                http://amzn.to/2pvlK8f

Dirt Devil Electric Vacuum                        http://amzn.to/2o8fXUP  Only 19.99 and is a best seller! I use mine without the handle. & by the by? This is perfect for cleaning up around the litter box. I do not like to use the house vacuum for the kitty litter. 

Decoupage Glue 1 Gallon Matte Mod Podge   http://amzn.to/2pvAdAK      I used only about a half gallon. Make sure you get the size needed for your project.   

Angle Paint brush                                       http://amzn.to/2nGfIF5 For less than 6 dollars this was the best investment! 

Fine Artists brush                                      http://amzn.to/2pvgfGG

T Square Ruler                                          http://amzn.to/2pvw3ZK

Top Coat Paint -brush                               http://amzn.to/2o7K0gc      

 Fine Mist Bottle                                        http://amzn.to/2pve6uo  

Water Wiz Applicator                                http://amzn.to/2oZn4Un  This was perfect for applying the Varethane that I used. 

Varethane                                                 http://amzn.to/2opImYv I used a quarter of the gallon of this. And I’ll be adding at least one more coat. 

Don’t forget about things like tacks, sponge brushes and  a few lint free rags. This is a gloss varathane that I used and you may want semi gloss, satin or matte. I’m not sure if this company makes a matte finish but make sure you ask your salesperson how all of these work. Tell them what is most important to you. Drying quickly? Heavy traffic? Easy to clean? Fewer Coats? You may want to do your own research on a top coat since the blog post I have shown is from a few  years ago. It was where I started because it made me ask other questions that I would not have known to ask. If you go to a quality paint store, there are usually very qualified people in the store that are trained to know which products will work best for you. Some of the floor top coats even state on the can that they should not be used over paint. Some say that they dry to a nice amber hue. Amber hue? On my blue floor? No way! So I had a lot of my own research that needed to get done too. This is one of the most satisfying video’s I have ever done, but I can only say that now that I am done. Now that I am done with my blog post, I can finally feel good about having completed this floor which had been on the back burner for so many years. Have fun my friends!                                      

 

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