This week we’re revisiting some of the most popular summer stories from the archives. Here’s one:
Every summer I make a beeline for one of my favorite summertime haunts: Nunan’s Lobster Hut in my hometown in Maine. My favorite thing about it is not the long rows of benches that line the interior or the way the building is perched over a salt marsh, but the gray boat paint that covers the wood floors and tables. I imagine that the owners stock gallons of it and add a new coat each season, the layers built up over 65-plus summers.
Like splatter-painted floors (which “hide a multitude of sins,” Justine writes of her own cottage floors in DIY: Splatter-Painted Floors), painted wood floors—so often seen in summer cottages in Maine and on the Cape—are all about New England practicality: They’re cost-effective, brilliantly conceal summer debris like sand and dirt, and need only another coat of paint when they wear. They’re also wholly unfussy and evocative of the carefree summerhouse.
Take a look at a few favorites in summerhouses past. (And for much more on the merits of boat and deck paint, check out our new book, Remodelista in Maine.)
- DIY: New England Splatter-Painted Floors
- Expert Advice: 4 Affordable Floor Finishes from Dirty Girl Construction
- Steal This Look: White-Painted Floors from Frugal Farmhouse
N.B.: This post has been updated; the original story ran on May 30, 2018.
Frequently asked questions
What is the article about?
The article is about how to paint wood floors to give a splatter effect on a budget for a summer house.
What type of paint should be used?
Acrylic paint is recommended because it dries quickly and is easy to clean up.
How should the floors be prepared before painting?
The floors should be thoroughly cleaned and sanded to create a smooth surface for the paint. If there are any cracks or holes, they should be filled and sanded as well.
What tools are needed for the project?
A paint roller, brushes, painter's tape, mixing stick, measuring cup, and plastic sheeting to protect the surrounding area are needed.
How do I create a splatter effect?
Dip a brush into the paint and hold it over the floor. Use a stick or your fingers to flick the brush, causing the paint to splatter onto the floor. Repeat with different colors until the desired effect is achieved.
How long should I wait before walking on the floors?
It is recommended to wait at least 24 hours before walking on the floors to ensure the paint has fully dried and cured.
Can the floors be sealed after painting?
Yes, a clear coat of polyurethane or another sealant can be applied to protect the paint and make the floors easier to clean.
Is this project suitable for a beginner?
Yes, this project is beginner-friendly and can be completed in a weekend with the right tools and preparation.