Once in a while, we are asked to perform a unique project and this floor in an old bank in Barrington was definitely a rare experience. A man bought the building to use as his office and planned to utilize the safe in the basement to hold his artifacts and artwork. He came up with the idea to create a checkered pattern on the floor and asked if we could execute the job. As a fine art graduate, I was very excited to tackle this project and knew exactly how to do so! Although uncommon, painted floors can turn out beautifully and breathe life into any space.
The process involved having a hard wood floor company, Bob’s Hardwood based in Barrington, to stain the floor and apply a coat of polyurethane. The floor was now sealed so that I could perform my part. The most difficult and time consuming aspect of this floor was mapping it out and lying down the 3m blue tape that comprises the designs edges, which took 4 days to complete. Once the grid was complete, I applied a mixture of polyurethane and stain with a roller and back brushed with the wood grain. After each row was complete, the tape was removed to prevent raised edges. After we finished, the floor company came back and applied two more coats of poly and it was done. This was an amazing opportunity and we are always ready to tackle unique projects that require an artist’s craft. If you have older hard wood floors that need an update or just want to add a unique touch to your living room, contact Mike today!