Forever ago, we had Q and A day, and Thank You to all of you who picked my brain. Sorry it took me forever to get back to you. Now I am not an expert in just about anything, but I will do my best to fill you with knowledge.
Nicole’s question was
What was your best furniture find? Do you have a before and after picture.
I actually have three favorites.
The desk I recently did. I liked the character this piece had and I really was happy with the paint color against the stained top. On the before picture the desk is upside down on the top.
The next is the huge nasty brown dresser I re did. It was just so ugly and it was such a big transformation.
The last would be the antique dresser. I loved the carving and great lines on this. I also loved how the color turned out. I almost didn’t sell this one.
So do you have any tips on me taking my linoleum floor? There are 2 seams that have produced tears. We got a floor man to give us an estimate, and it was going to be costly to put down new subfloor and re-do it. I just keep thinking I could sponge paint it some of the way, and then put the sealer over it. But then I have thought about painting my carpet by sponge painting it, or do a swirl pattern of some kind, because the carpeting is stained.
I don’t know much about the new paint techniques for anything. I was just thinking about that carpet idea before I rip it up and saw what kind of hardwood floors were underneath it.
I have never done any type of carpet painting before, so I’m not going to be much help there. I am all about hardwood floors, though. First, I would pull a corner of the carpet up and take a peak at what you’ve got underneath. If it’s in horrible condition, just glue it back down. I worked on a floor the other day that was in pretty good shape except it looked a bit dull. We thought about sanding, but first we went over the whole floor with Old English furniture polish and we were amazed at what a difference it made. We were really happy with all but one spot on the floor, so we threw down a floor rug and it worked out great!
Comment about Aubree’s
How do I make chalk paint at home?
Hi Aubree! This is the recipe that I use:
- 1/2 Cup of calcium carbonate
- 1 1/2 Cups of paint
If it’s too thick I add a teaspoon of warm water to it. You can get the calcium carbonate (the powder form, not the pill form) at any health food store. I get mine at Natural Grocers or I order it off of Amazon depending on if it’s on sale at either place. A little goes a long way. You really need to mix it well so you don’t end up with little chalky deposits on your finished project (a mixer attachement for the drill helps).
And an unrelated question…
We have wood floors under our nasty carpet. We’re going to pull the carpet up and see what we have to work with. Do you know what do do with the wood floor? Sand? Stain? Help. I’m the handy one believe it or not.
To expand a little on the earlier comment ..when you pull up the carpet, you’ll want to pay close attention to how damaged the wood is underneath, particularly around the edge where the carpet tack-strip sets — sometimes those are glued down and can cause quite a bit of damage to remove.
I’d probably start peeling back all the corners a little bit to make certain it’s all the same hardwood. It’s not uncommon for a problem to occur that causes an area underneath to get ruined and have to be patched. If that’s the case, you might want to rethink since matching a patched section would be difficult.
If you peel it back and everything looks good, then you have a great start. Hardwood is not too difficult to update, but it’s time consuming, hard work and messy. I’d recommend talking to someone who’s done it for the details, but in general terms, you’ll want to sand the entire floor, stain it, poly it, poly it again, and then move back in. And a word of warning … it’s a difficult task to complete with dogs too!
Another option may be laminate flooring. A lot of times you can score great looking flooring at your Home Depot, Lowe’s, or Menards. With 10% off coupons from Ebay, you can save quite a bit. May save time in the long run.
Hope that helps! We will have another Q & A day coming up soon!