My guest room hardwood floor painted with offbeat striped design is finally ready! I laid three coats of clear varnish on the floor on Tuesday, let it dry for about 24 hours, then installed the shoe molding yesterday afternoon. If you missed the first part of this project, you can find this post here…
I explained in the previous post How I marked and pasted the strips so you can find those details there. (See the link above in this post. After painting all the strips, I went back and did all the necessary touch-ups and then let them dry for a few hours. Then I was ready for the clear varnish.
To coat this floor clearly, I used Varathane water-based polyurethane flooring in a matte finish. To apply it, I used a 5-inch anti-stain and water-repellent brush and attached it to the end of an extension rod.
I simply dipped the brush into the polyurethane box and brushed it directly onto the floor. No other materials or tools were needed but a Poly box, an old towel that I put the box on (so that it would not scratch the floor when I rolled it on the floor), a brush and an extension cord. I applied three coats in total – two coats on the first day, letting the first coat dry for about five or six hours before adding the second coat, and then a third coat the next morning.
The polyurethane box is marked “matte”, but in my opinion, the finish is rather eggshell. It has a very light shine. But it’s a beautiful finish and it’s so easy to apply. It’s exactly the same clear varnish I used on the studio floor, and it still holds strong, even though my 95-pound dog plays it almost every day.
I am very satisfied with the finished floor, although if I had to redo it, I would use the Benjamin Moore Classic Grey Mixed with 75%, or even 50%, to not be identical to the color of the wall.
But it’s done, and I will not come back in any way and repeat anything. It’s just something to consider if I ever do another painted floor and already use the colors in the room.
And of course, once the bed, bedside tables, chest of drawers and other objects are in the room, the floor will be much less important. It will simply move to the background like a carpet.
I will give the ground a few days to heal. The instructions indicate to wait three days before using the floor normally.
Meanwhile, the golden yellow velvet fabric has arrived for the padded bed, and I am very much looking forward to getting started. In addition, I found bedside tables that I really liked, and when I saw them on sale, I decided to buy them rather than build my own. They arrive today and I will share them with you as soon as I can assemble them.
But I think I’m going to build a dresser because the only one I found that I really like, and that fits all the specifications I want (number of drawers, dimensions, style, color) is a dresser from Ballard Design. There is simply no way I would pay that much for a dresser for a guest room, although we will use it as a master bedroom for the foreseeable future. But I think I can do something similar at a fraction of the price. So it will be a fun project coming soon!