Painted Wood Floors

Save the Date:  I wanted to give you all a heads up if you live in Atlanta.  I’m having an Open House!!  Yay, I know, I’m excited to open my doors to all of you who live in the area and want to stop by.  Maybe I’m crazy to do this, but it just seems appropriate since you’ve all cheered me on for all these months on the house.  So, mark your calendars for Saturday, January 26th from about 1-5 for the Open House and I’ll be posting about it again later too to remind you, just wanted you all to save the date.

How’s your New Year going so far?

I’m still getting geared up for the new year and working on getting organized and straightened up around this place.  Still have a few more things to get finished and putting the runners on my stairs is one of them.  This month, I’m getting that done! I just finished the stenciled drapes in my bedroom and I can’t wait to show you that, hopefully next week.

I have a bunch of decluttering to do (you too?) and moving will just make that more evident at all the stuff you need to get rid of or find a place for.

So, I’m sharing some fun inspiration pics today of painted floors.  Do you love them or not?  When we were fixing this house up, I considered doing a fun paint treatment for about a week on the old wood floors that were originally in the kitchen and dining room, but I quickly realized that wouldn’t really be the look I wanted for the long haul and getting the entire house done in the same hardwoods made the flow of this house so much more appealing.

But,  if I had a room of old wood that I was trying to salvage, I would totally paint them!  Check out these inspiration pics and you’ll see what I mean.

(via The Enchanted Home)

I love this runner and now can’t wait to get busy and put my runners down.  They are going to be so pretty.


(via Stinemos)

I’ve always been a sucker for diamonds like this and painted black and white diamonds in my old screened porch in GA many moons ago.  And I have always loved painted plank floors.

dream happy things

(via Dreams Happy Things)

So, for your viewing pleasure, here are a few more painted floors I found around the web.  This one is pretty cool too.  Aren’t these fun?


(via Row House Nest)

This one is simple and cottagey. Love it!  Those diamonds draw me in every time.  Have loved them for years and will more than likely paint the planks on my porch in a diamond pattern this spring.


(via Apartment Therapy)

This Chevron is really cool too, but you might get tired of it quicker.

paisley wallpaper

(via Paisley Wallpaper)

Check out what this family did with their old wood floors.  Very cute and so colorful!  That would be a happy room.


(via Bungalow Jax)

This kitchen is beautiful with the cabinets and those pretty diamond floors. Love, love it.  You can do diamonds in any color and it’s gorgeous!


(via Country Living)

More cottage feel with aqua blue and white.  Lovely!


(via Splendid Design)

This would be a good transition for a dark wood floor if you could do a pattern with stain.  This one would be more tricky than paint, but very eye-catching.


(via My Home Ideas)

Here’s another one on that same vein.  Love the ebony squares mixed with stained wood.


(via Area Fare Home)

And is one more bright and happy lime green and white painted floor.  How cute is this?!

I totally think it’s a great solution when you have old floors that you need to do something with.

What do you think?   Would you paint wood floors in an area to make them last longer?

In other news, I’m going to be on another radio show today, Radio Sandy Springs and I’ll be chatting, along with my friends, Heather, and Hometalk,  with Paisley McDonald all about home decorating and how Hometalk fits in with this niche.  At Home with Paisley is a one hour show all about home decor, organization, renovation, and design.  If you’re interested, you can listen LIVE from 3-4 PM EST. at this link or listen later here

Would love to have you listen in!


- Rhoda


  1. So excited about the open house!! You are such a sweet person and I hope to meet you.

  2. I’ve been so on the fence about doing this in my guest room and office. The wood floors are in bad shape but painting them would make them the only painted wood floors in a house full of stained hardwood. Though they are both tucked into the back of the house so could look like the “old” part of the house…it’s a tough call! Would you paint right over what’s there or sand them down first?

  3. I love the the look of painted floors and love how they look in our guest house. Looking forward to the open house! Happy New Year Rhoda!

  4. I do love the look of paints floors, especially big diamond patterns – somehow they look elegant and casual at the same time. I am interested to see how your stairs turned out. I used Dash and Albert runners on my stairs and they didn’t hold up so well but it may have something to do with the way we installed them.

  5. I so wished I lived near Atlanta so I could meet you and see your lovely home! Will have to wait for photos.

  6. I love the diamonds as well….the floor with the black diamonds in the bedroom is just lovely but not sure I would be bold enough to do that. I think porches are the perfect place for painted patterns.

  7. Oh, I hope I can come, but we are suppose to go out of town that day. Love the floors.

  8. Oh Rhoda, an open house! That’s just like you-open and welcoming! Sadly for me, I live about 12 hours south, but would be there in a heartbeat, otherwise!

  9. I have always loved the look of painted floors but haven’t had a good place or reason to have them in my house. I think they look lovely, though. I’m so excited about your open house. I live in the area too, and hope to meet you! You are such an inspiration. Thank you for sharing with us.

  10. Teresa Kissell says:

    I’d love to come to your open house. I love your blog and have read all your posts about your beautiful new home an it’s been such a wonder to see its transformation! Please let me know how I can attend!


  11. Thanks for sharing such great inspirations! I love painted wood floors! Wish I had some to paint…

  12. I am soooo excited about your open house!!! I can’t wait to see your Ikea kitchen and to meet you!

  13. Debra Schramm says:

    I’ll be in Atlanta the weekend before! Sorry I’ll miss the open house I know it will be fabulous.

  14. I love these projects, they are so very pretty. I wish I lived in Atlanta so I could attend.


  15. Enjoyed seeing all of these painted floor ideas. I’ve also seen examples of painted vinyl floors. I really like how you chose to redo your entire floors in one material and color – it makes the eye focus on your furnishings and decor which are stunning! I’m excited about your open house and hope to be there! Thanks so much for the invitation. xo

  16. I wish I had a floor to paint, I have always wanted to 🙂 Can’t wait to see yours 🙂

  17. You are such a gracious , sweet lady to have your Open House ! Would love to come so much, but it would be quite a drive from Cleveland, Ohio !! Would love to meet you in person…love your blog !

  18. I’m so excited for your open house. I wont be in the area but I’m sure sending happy wishes your way. It has been one big journey for you this past year but you have come out just beaming! love ya girlie..Susie Bloop

  19. Hello Rhoda,
    What a nice idea, to have an open house for all of your readers! I won’t be in the area, but sure wish I could make it! Yes! I love hardwood floors that have been painted! You’ve shown some gorgeous examples.
    Happy new year!,

  20. With our ongoing remodel of a late 70’s house, we have been replacing a particle board-type sub-floor with plywood. I plan to paint the plywood in the bathrooms as temporary ( 2-3 years) decor until I can afford the expensive flooring I really want long term. Paint is really the cheapest and most versatile decor tool available, and also a great way to try out colors and designs before you make that expensive, permanent commitment. Yay for the open house, I will so try to come; it would be worth the trip up from Macon. You already feel like an old friend that I talk with almost daily, so it would be such a pleasure to meet you in person. You are so sweet to do this.

  21. Love the photos! I already have a board on Pinterest with painted wood floors and only had one of the one’s you’ve included. We have a 65 year old house with wood floors throughout. Most are in fair to good condition, but our kitchen has about 5 layers of various flooring on it. Since money is a big issue, I have been wanting to rip the floor up and clean up the wood underneath and paint them. I believe that is the cheapest solution we can find for them. I love the farmhouse look, so painted floors would definitely lend to that look.

    Thanks so much for the inspiration!


  22. Hi Rhoda,

    How fun to have an open house…I can’t come, but I’m sure you will blog the party! I like painted floor if they are light in color – I don’t know if I would like all that pattern on the floor in dark colors. Like with the chevron – maybe I’d just get tired of it quickly.

  23. Love the idea of an Open House! It has been so fun watching you transform your home. I’ve marked my calendar!

  24. I recently painted the floors in our kitchen because of the reason you mentioned — we were trying to salvage our original wood floors. The original wood in the rest of the house is GORGEOUS, but in the kitchen it was pretty damaged. So we did a fun painted design to keep the “look” of the floors flowing throughout the house — it turned out beautiful! I was really hesitant, but now I’m glad we painted them 🙂

  25. Rhoda, I wish I lived in your area (with all of the northern snow I REALLY wished I lived in your area) so I come visit your open house. I have a guest room with wooden floors that have a chipped polyurethane finish over an already stained and scratched floor. I go between thinking what the heck, try it or thinking you will be so sorry. Paint or carpet? I have only pondered for 2 years maybe I need to give it a little more time.

  26. WOW…maybe I’ll finally get to meet you and see your beautiful home in person. I’m putting the date on my calendar. We live about 5 hours from you, but the drive would be so worth it. Looking forward to it. Thanks for having the Open House for all of us.

  27. Rhoda..these are some spectacular example of painted wood floors…I so love them…What a nice thing for you to do…the Open House sounds like great fun!

  28. Elizabeth H says:

    Gee I wish I lived closer. I would love, love to see your new home!

  29. Janet Metzger says:

    Hello Rhoda and Happy New Year!!

    Ok…..I’m just going to be honest here. Am I really the only one who thinks opening your home, which you live in alone, to anyone who reads or knows of your blog, is not the safest idea?
    I showed this post to my Ret. Houston Det./Federal Agent husband and he about freaked. Please reconsider for your own safety. You have lovely readers and in a perfect world should have no worries, but this is not a perfect world.
    Just trying to keep it real here and I m very surprised no one else shares my concern.
    You are a sweet and kind lady Rhoda and I would hate for anything bad to happen to you. Be safe my friend.

    Janet xox
    The Empty Nest

    • Janet, I saw your comment and I totally agree with you. Very scary thing to do. But, maybe, Rhoda, you have a way of vetting people before you give out your address? In any case, I do love your new home and what you have done to it.

    • Hi, Janet, thank you for being concerned. I know it might be a little crazy, but I do think I can figure out a way to make sure it’s safe. Don’t worry, I won’t be posting my address on my blog, but will talk to people via email and phone and determine if they are truly blog readers. I opened it up for people to come and help us paint and had the nicest ladies show up and have never had anything scary happen, but I know we can’t be too careful these days. I promise I’ll make it as safe as I possibly can. There will be tons of people here helping me that day and lots of folks around and I’ll do my best to prescreen everyone.

  30. My husband actually suggested we paint our wood kitchen floor which needs re-finishing. He saw a painted wooden floor in a business and really liked it. I was shocked that he like it,but think its a wonderful idea. Wish I could come to your open house!

  31. Love the posts where all the pictures are gathered together to drool over, I love these floors!

    Hope you are having a wonderful start to your new year!

  32. Lovely blog and beautiful painted wooden floors! I’m writing a novel in which the the central characters are refurbishing an old Southern mansion and I love the look of the painted floors – would be a nice to detail to look into and consider.

  33. I love the look of painted wood floors! They have such a cozy, cottage-y feel. Someday I’ll find a space to do it, too!

  34. Oh wow, I would have loved to have come to the open house. Following all your renovations it would have been great but sadly I don’t have the $2,500 for the cost of the return flight from NZ. However, if I ever get to Atlanta, I will be sure to let you know before hand :).

    I love the entrance way to the first image you have, the floors look fabulous. My whole house is polished floors except for my bedroom which has a sisal look carpet. My floors are New Zealand native Tawa wood which is a dark reddish colour. I don’t like the dark wood particularly in my house and would love to have it sanded back and a white wash put over it, a scandanavian look but the thought of moving all my stuff out the house has stopped me so far.

    Good luck with your open home and your radio talk. Unfortunately timing will stop me from being able to listen to the radio 🙁


  35. My two cents worth: I do like the large diamond floors, but I find the other ones too busy.

  36. Rhoda I love painted floors and these images show so many great ideas!

    I wish I could attend your Open House! Of course I have wanted to meet you for so long!

    All the best in the New Year ahead!
    Art by Karena

  37. Rhoda, I would love to see your home! I’m in the next town and I will be home that weekend!

  38. I am new to pinterest, just found your blog. I would so like to come to your open house, I live in Dunwoody, I think it is close to where you are by the little bit of info I have. I will be listening to your radio show.

  39. Gorgeous flooring pictures, I don’t have any floors to paint, but I think it would look cool on the cement surrounding the pool in the pool room. Or one of the wooden decks out back. Very neat idea, thanks for sharing!
    Debbie 🙂

  40. Love these floor ideas! We have carpet and I would love to try this on our wood floors.But it would be a HUGE job!

  41. Rhoda,

    LOVED this post! I am researching painted floors right now! One of my projects is to paint the floors upstairs! Thanks for sharing all the ideas! I know you were a rock star on the radio program!


  42. Lynn Rechsteiner says:

    I am sad that I will be away the weekend of your open house.
    It looks fab….just all you. I’ll find another excuse to come by.

  43. Thanks for such beautiful and inspirational pictures. A while back, one of our clients, asked us about sanding a beautifully painted wood floor. She did not want to loose the art work on the floor. Since there were not significant scratches on the wood and the original polyurethane finish was looking dull, we recommended to scrub the top layer of poly and apply two new coats of water-based wood floor finished. She was very happy with the results

  44. I am so behind on reading my Google Reader – oh well! I have to say though it’s funny I JUST did a simular post but started it off with a step by step tutorial how to do your own stenciled rug on a wood floor 🙂 You’d like it 🙂

  45. Work has been crazy as I’m behind on my blogging but I don’t want to miss the open house. Please include me on your email list.

    On another note, thanks to Susan’s promoting it (and convincing me that its more than just DIY), I’m excited to be coming to Haven. Yay!

  46. thank you,
    i love this post.
    the painted ideas are fresh
    and i haven’t seen a few of them before.



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