How To Paint Wood Floors

Make sure your floor hasn’t been waxed before painting, and remove the wax if it has. Follow these tips when painting a floor:

Rough Surface: Using a square pad sander (or by hand), rough up the finish on the floor with 150-grit sandpaper. You don’t need to completely sand them, just remove the gloss from the old finish.

Clean Floor: Thoroughly vacuum and damp-mop the floors, to remove all the dust. Allow them to dry completely. Applying paint to floor with paintbrush

Apply First Coat: Using a brush or roller, apply the first thin coat of floor paint. A brush will give a smoother finish, but a roller is faster. Resist the urge to glop on the paint – it won’t dry! Start by cutting in the edges with a brush, then use a brush or roller to work your way towards the door so you aren’t painted into a corner. Allow the paint to dry for 24-48 hours, until it’s dry enough to walk on.

Smooth Paint: Lightly go over the floor with 220-grit sandpaper, to smooth out the grain and give a sleek surface, then clean the floor to remove all the dust.

Apply Second Coat: Apply a second thin coat in the same manner. Paint your way towards the door, then get yourself out of those fumes! Some paints may require up to three coats.

Decorative Touch: After your base coat is good and dry, you can add stripes, motifs, or other designs. Use safe release painter’s tape so it won’t pull up the base coats.

Seal Floor (Optional): For high-traffic areas, you may want to coat the finished floors with a clear polyurethane.

Let Paint Cure: Within a few days, you should be able to walk gently on the floors, but it will be several weeks before the paint is fully cured and the smell goes away.

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Three Tips for Planning Your Home Improvement Project

The idea has been simmering for a while, and now you’re finally making it happen. If you’re thinking about a home improvement project in the coming months, we don’t doubt you will have put in a lot of effort into it already.

And that’s always a good start. However, increasingly we find ourselves with loan applications to pay for home improvement projects that are half way through; to pay for unexpected costs.

The culprit is almost always the lack of precise planning beforehand (we like having a friendly chat with our customers). While home improvement projects are often a major investment of time and money but, surprisingly, many of us don’t seem to warrant enough thought into planning for the project beforehand.

With all the home improvement blogs on the internet, ideas/inspiration is plenty for us to get excited. With all the DIY inspiration on the internet it is easy to lose focus on the most crucial aspect: planning. This is particularly true for those who have never taken up a project before.

Guarantor My Loan is all about making a smarter choice with money, including those for home improvement projects. So here are three handy tips, based on our experience with customers, to assist planning in advance for your home improvement project.

1. What help will I need?

DIY is the buzzword these days, but not everyone will always be up to the task considering the complexity/size of some projects and lack of experience. It is important for you to sit down and have a good think about the time, patience and skills required for the DIY project.

Do you have them (be honest with yourself)? If yes, great! However, it’s always good to have planned for a back up, which also includes thinking about how to budget for them.

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