I was surfing around the Internet and Pinterest this weekend looking for more options for dark gray paint colors (I can't seem to make a decision about which color to paint my home office among the dark gray colors I've already found so it makes
Amber had gotten sick of the old carpet in her store so she ripped it out and painted the underlying concrete floor with Annie Sloan Chalk Paint! Ever since I used Annie Sloan Chalk Paint to paint my kitchen table, I've been in love with this "no priming, no sanding needed" paint so I thought it was fabulous to see a new use for it. Amber used the Graphite color, stenciled a pattern in Old White, and then covered it with Annie Sloan's Lacquer, a water-based varnish for painted floors. Love it!
Totally enamored with the idea of using Annie Sloan Chalk Paint on floors, I did a little more searching and found a slew of beautiful floors that had been created with Annie Sloan Chalk Paint, including Holly's stunning foyer over at Storywood Designs:
Holly created a soft checkerboard pattern by painting her hardwoods with a combination of Paris Grey and Louis Blue alternating with Pure White and then sealed the floors with Annie Sloan Lacquer. It completely transformed the look and feel of her space.
On Annabellea, Jeri shows us the gorgeous floor that she painted in her coastal boutique, Shabby Coast Cottage:
She achieved this beautiful design by stenciling her floor with Annie Sloan Chalk Paint in Paris Grey. Instead of using a polyurethane or lacquer to seal the paint, she lightly sanded her floors and then waxed them with floor wax, which will allow the floors to age naturally and become distressed over time.
Karla at Lady Butterbug also used stenciling with Annie Sloan Chalk Paint to paint this soft design over the hardwoods in her master bedroom. Wouldn't this also be beautiful in a little girl's nursery?!
And how about these painted floors at Faux Works Studio, complete with vintage postmark and inspirational quotes!
Annie Sloan Chalk Paint can also be used to create a more subtle pattern than on those floors that use stenciling. One of my favorite floors is this one painted by Shaunna of Perfectly Imperfect as part of the makeover of her daughter's room. She was starting from scratch installing new unfinished white pine floor boards so she painted her boards first (smart girl!) and then had then installed so that a subtle stripe pattern was created. So beautiful!
Finally, I also love the treatment that Rachel of VanHook & Co. did in her kids' room. She tore out the old carpet, covered the hardwoods with a wash of chalk paint, distressed the floors, and then coated them with polyurethane. Not only is the result unique and beautiful, but it's a lot less expensive than refinishing your hardwoods.
If you have a few minutes, jump over to these blogs to see the full posts on their painted floors because not only do they give some great tips for painting floors but the before and after shots are pretty unbelievable. I'd love to paint the floors in my daughters' rooms some day but they're not willing to give up their carpet quite yet. Is this something that you'd consider trying in your home? If you'd love to do it but don't know where to start, I encourage you to contact a local studio that sells Chalk Paint - they can give you great advice and many of them have classes where you can practice working with Annie Sloan Chalk Paint. If you're in the Cincinnati area, Laine at MissElaineous Studio is my go-to person! Outside of the Cincinnati area, click over to the Directory of Annie Sloan Stockists to find a studio near you. Hope you're all having a good start to your week!