Painted Rug on a Wood Floor

Today I’m sharing all the details behind our painted rug on a wood floor.

How To Paint a Rug on Wood Floor

We would love to refinish our wood floors.  They’re over 15 years old and have been well-loved.  Unfortunately refinishing the wood floors is pretty far down on our to-do list, and the floors in the kitchen are in the worst shape of all. And if you know me or have been following me for a while, you won’t be surprised that I decided to paint a rug on the floor…

Damaged Floor

I had a large rug in the kitchen, but it ended up being more of a hassle than what it was worth.  Food and drinks were spilled on it constantly.  It was so much maintenance and it was just plain gross. Damaged wood floors

So, I decided to try painting a rug.  Food and spill could easily be wiped away (and milk wouldn’t have anything to soak into and linger).  Down the road, we can remove the paint when we decide to refinish our floors.

Clean floors before painting

I gave the floor a good cleaning with Murphey Oil Soap.  I didn’t worry about sanding since most of my finish was already gone from the floor.

Prep for painting wood floor

I used a ruler level, painter’s tape and a sharpie to layout the perimeter of the rug.

How to paint a floor

I measured out the same distance from the cabinets and taped down my rug border.

Painting Wood Floors 1

I used Annie Sloan Chalk paint and watered it down: one part water to one part paint.  (The white is Old White and the Gray is French Linen.) I painted the outside because this is where my pattern was going to be.  I eventually would paint the entire rug in gray, but I need to paint it white for my (Greek Key) design.

Taping Greek Key

After I had painted the inside with white, I went through and taped a line around the perimeter again.  I wanted a white border on my rug. Then I added squares to the four corners.  I measured squares and made sure they were all the same distance from the corners.

Creating Greek Key

Next, I connect the squares as you can see above.

Taping Greek Key Design

And to finish my greek key design, I connected all four squares with lines.

Painting Wood Floor Rug

Once my pattern taping was done, I painted the entire rug in French Linen.

Use rollar on wood floors

Again, I did one part water to one part paint.

Painting Wood Floors

It took close to four coats of paint.

Painting Patterns on Wood Floor

I removed the paint and my greek key pattern was revealed!  When I pulled back the tape, bits of the paint came up.  It wasn’t bad, since I knew I was going to be sanding it down anyway.  I assume this is because I rushed through the steps and didn’t allow the paint to completely dry before I started taping.

Painted Wood Floor

Once all the tape was pulled away, I got to work sanding.

Sanding Paint

I first tried hand-sanding the rug with fine sandpaper, but that didn’t do much.

Sand Wood Floor

But then I decided to just go for it and pulled out my electric sander and really went after it. Once the sanding was done, I swept away all the dust.  Then I put 2-3 coats of Polycrylic (this is water-based, like the paint) on the top to protect it. The great thing about Polycrylic is that it dries REALLY fast. You can find it on Amazon:

Painted Rug Wood Floor

I now have an easy-to-care-for rug!

Painted Rug on Wood Floor

Now I can live with the wood floors until we refinish them.

Painted Rug on Wood Floor.

Greek Key Rug Painted Wood Floors

Greek Key Design Painted Floor

It’s only been a few weeks since I painted them, but so far I love the rug.  It’s fun and low maintenance – just what I envisioned!

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5 thoughts on “Painted Rug on a Wood Floor

  1. We live in a 1960’s house with original wood floors. While they will last a lifetime, there was a lot of water damage from years past. We would have had to pull up boards and replace much of the wood in order to refinish. So we painted all our floor completely, from baseboard to baseboard. My husband did use a specific paint which I believe is actually a waterproofing material. It took us about 5 days to do each room, as we did 2-3 coats of the paint, and then topped with 2 coats of sealer. We allowed a day to dry in between, but the floors have held up for about 10 years, and look really amazing!

    1. Hi Dede! I would LOVE your floors, and I really would have loved to paint all of our floors. However, not all of our floors look bad – just the kitchen. Did you guys use deck paint? When I was researching painting, I noticed lots of people used deck paint. I ended up using chalk paint since I already had the paint on hand, and I was doing a smaller area. Thanks for the comment, and I’m so glad to hear the floors have held up well – 10 years later!