Painted Plywood Floors
Checkered Tile Floor
Preparing the Subfloor
Sanding and Filling
Applying the Primer
Surveying Your Results
Building Raised Garden Beds
Let's say you are a fraction of an inch too low...for this project, you'll spend countless hours designing, painting, and finalizing your work. You're ready to step back and enjoy the fruits of your labor and all you have left is to pull up that tape that you applied early on, only to discover that a small piece of that tape covered the floor. After pulling it up, you're left with an ugly white reminder that you didn't line things up perfectly in the early stages and now you have polyeurethane curing over your floor...now what? :(
The best way I discovered, for taping off baseboards, is to lay the paint flat on the floor, holding the end of the tape in place along the wall. Pull about 3 feet of the tape away from the roll, then take the remainder of the roll and twist it so the tape is drawn tight and there is NO slack. Then, with the tape roll twisted, simply push it back along the floor until it hits the wall. From there, gently 'pat' the tape against the baseboard until it's secure, then press the length of the tape against the baseboard to finish off that section. It sounds simple, but this subtle change makes a world of difference when it's time to pull all that tape up to admire your work.
Preparing For Primer
You've vacuumed up all the dust left over by sanding and you're anxious to get down a coat of primer to see how everything turned out. But not so fast, there's one little step you want to perform before you crack open that paint can. Another subtle step that pays off in the end.
Applying the Primer
Now that all the work has been done to prepare your subfloor for a coat of primer, this step should come off quite easy. I would recommend an oil-based primer, since odds are you'll want the durability it provides, but I leave that decision up to you.
Begin by 'cutting in' along the baseboards with a brush, ensuring to get up against, even under if possible, the tape along each wall. Once completed, use a roller with a pole extension to finish off your coat.
An important tip to remember when working with oil-based paint. Remove as much of the excess as possible, then simply wrap your brushes and rollers with a paper towel and place them in the freezer. Since oil doesn't freeze, it will keep your brushes fresh without the hassle of thrying to clean them and without the waste of throwing them out.
After allowing your coat of primer to dry, you'll probably begin to notice a few imperfections, possibly places you missed the first time around. Don't worry, our next step in this series will help cover what to do after your first coat of primer dries.