Photo: Jean Allsopp

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Hardwood floors were discovered once the old carpet was removed from this nursery. The homeowners chose to paint it rather than to invest in refinishing the floor.


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Many paint manufacturers offer a floor or porch paint that's built to handle the wear and tear of constant foot traffic. These homeowners sanded and used a primer for the first coat. Then, white floor paint was applied with a roller.

For a decorative tone-on-tone effect, the couple chose to have an oversize check pattern painted over the base coat. (A professional artist applied the pattern using a quarter-tint of the wall color.)

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