From Wood Floor to Boat Deck
We've layed out our design, applied our wood grain, and stained the floor...but our 'boat deck' only looks like a wooden floor! How do you make it stand out and give it that 'deck of a ship' feel? The answer was simple...a cargo hold. What says pirate ship more than walking the plank and toss someone down the cargo hold? haha. In this article, we'll perform a few subtle steps that make our hold stand out, give it depth, and create a focal point for the rest of the room.
Bring Out The True Color
In our last article, we applied the wood grain to our boat deck themed floor. The bedroom floor now looks like wood, but it likely doesn't QUITE look the way you want. Why? Because the gel stain is merely for apply the grain, not for providing an overall color change to the floor. This is where the wood stain comes in. Choose the stain that's right for you and brings out the colors you want, and choose something complementary to the base color and gel stain already in-place.
The lines are in, the planks drawn, and the cargo hold is in-place and taped down...now it's time to make this thing look like real wood! If you've followed along before, you'll know that I did something similar to my daughter's basketball court floor. The idea is the same, but the process is quite a bit different. Read further to see how we created realistic 'worn' wooden planks on my son's bedroom floor.
Designing the Deck
Our floor has been sanded out, primed, and given a couple coats of base wood color...it's now time to figure out exactly what we want this to look like. We did a lot of research looking at examples online, and the general consensus was...keep it simple. Having recently completed my daughter's basketball court, it was tempting to 'overdo it' and add too much detail, but if you take a look at some classic examples, yo'll see that less is more when it comes to looking authentic.
After drawing out several renditions, we eventually came to the conclusion that we wanted evenly spaced boards running north/south, with a cargo hold in the center. Keep reading to see how we arrived at our eventual design.
Attention to Detail
The planks are in, the wood grain has been added, the court lines are dry, so it already looks like a basketball court. Now it's time to take that extra step to add the details that will make it stand out and separate it from a 'generic' court...after all, this is your son/daughter's room, you want to make it unique, right? Let them know they're the only one in the world with this type of bedroom :)
Read more to see how we added the additional free throw paint, the Thunder logo, and the baseline decals to take this from a basketball court to an OKC Thunder Court.
Painting the Lines
Things are finally coming together on our new basketball court. The lines are all taped down and now we're ready to paint them in! Seems like only yesterday we were using our pencils to draw in wooden planks, and now things are wrapping up nicely :) So let's get to work and start painting in our court lines.
I'll admit, when I first thought of how I was going to tape down semi-circles on a stained would floor, I was a little intimidated. I knew I would never be able to 'eyeball it' and make it look good, so I would have to calculated the angle of the curve somehow. With a yardstick and a sharpie, I was able to make it happen, and make it look pretty convincing.
With your hardwood floor in place, it's now time to start making it look like a basketball court. And for that, we need lines. Lots of lines :)
A little planning ahead on this step will go a long ways in making sure you get the results that you want. To begin, I needed to find a few reference images to know what an OKC Thunder Court SHOULD look like. I was able to find this image online:
With the hard part out of the way, your plywood should start to resemble a hardwood court, but it's much too high in contrast. The wood grain is definitely there, but it's a little overbearing at the moment. Let's take care of that by adding a wood stain, the final color of the court itself and something to bring all the steps together.
Gel-Stained Wood grain
Now for the most crucial part of the whole process...the wood grain! We've got a base color, we've got our outer court border, and we've penciled in the planks...now it's time to make them look like wood!
To get started, you'll need 2 cans of gel stain in the color of your choice (1 can doesn't quite cut it for a 11' x 12' room), a wood grain tool (or rocker), a paper towel, and a striation tool...not sure how else to describe it...came with my wood grain tool set. They are all pictured above.
Read along as we update all of our new projects and show step-by-step how we worked together as a family to get it done!
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