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Painted Kitchen Floor (the procedure)

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Wed, 8 Dec 1999 11:15:53 EST

Many of you wrote to know more about my home decor. I will give the facts
then respond to details if you need more. The most important thing is good
products, prep. & finishing. My floor is a solid vinyl. It was ugly, & 10
year old elephant gray. You would do this if your husband won't release the
money for a new floor, and do it when he goes on a business trip or hunting.
I bought all of this from Pittsburgh paint but Sherwin Williams is just as
good if not better.
ESP (Easy Surface Prep) for cleaning... OR TSP. would work.
Industrial Primer (can't remember the brand but it is gray & it stinks) This
is used on warehouse floors.
Grout Lines. If you want a pretend grout line just use acrylics and follow
the lines of the existing tile if it is there. I over painted mine (sloppy)
b/c you will cover it with 1/2 inch masking tape to get your grout. I chose a
navyblueish color for my grout.
Base Coat. Deck, Porch, & Patio Paint. Latex, satin. I used an alabaster
color (off white). Two coats. Use a roller & go right over the tape.
(Fake Throw Rug) If you want one of these, do it now. Use acrylics.
Glaze. I used McCloskey Brand. (Special effects Translucent Color Glaze)
burnt Sienna color. Buy the quart size, I needed more.
Paint the glaze onto 9 squares at a time. Move on to the next 9, then go back
& wipe off the first 9 with paper towel. Use a sea sponge to get creative. My
vinyl had leathery looking grooves in it and the glaze caught in them. This
is good. I buffed out the center section for highlights (looks golden) and
left it darker around the edges. This is what makes it look real. Once happy
with those 9 sections; remove the tape. Go on to the next. The next day you
may have to touch up the grout lines b/c the alabaster base coat seeps under
in places.
It is much easier if you don't do the grout thing, but it really is stunning.
Varathanne Diamond Finish. This won't yellow like polyurethane will. It is
great. I put 3 coats, but the more the better.
Good Luck!
Janice Jarreau

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