I chose to paint sections at a time, separating the planks individually. I felt that this would give me a nice, subtle variation in color to make the planks look separate, as opposed to painting a large section at a time. It may have taken a little longer as a result, but I think the final product turned out much better because of it.
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My daughter chose a very dark stain for her final color. Personally, I think I would have taken it down a step or two...or 5 :) But she really wanted a dark court, and the color she chose definitely gave her that. After laying down a plastic painters sheet, I began working, going row by row, distibuting the stain as evenly as possible across the floor. After several minutes, it began to take shape:
Congratulations on making it this far!
You have a pretty realistic hardwood floor, and if that was all you were going for, then your work is finished! Start applying polyeurethane and call it done. But we're not finished...in fact, we're just getting started. In our next step, we'll step setting the groundwork for our court lines and bring this basketball court to life!