Wondering how to paint a floor that is exciting and fun? We’ve been dying to use this geometric pattern in one of our projects, but we weren’t sure where it fit in—fabric, tile, artwork? But when the Homepolish office redesign came our way, we thought… perfect! This is how we painted a floor fit for all shoes to walk on.
STEP 1 – Cover the Floor Space
We should have started to paint the floors white first (Behr’s Painter’s White), but we ending up fixing that later. To begin, we used five rolls of frog tape for a 6′ x 12′ space and covered the entire area strip by strip.
STEP 2 – Pick Your Paint Colors
Before we go into detail on how to paint the floors, it is important to first pick a standout color scheme. We tested six different colors: one white and five grey. The grey paint colors were of different ranges to determine the best color contrast. Our selection? Natural Grey, Painters White, Cathedral Grey, Fashion Grey, Intellectual and Suede Grey.
PRO TIP: When painting, line your paint tray with Saran wrap. Toss the Saran wrap when complete for an easy clean up, or close the wrap to cover leftover paint and prevent the paint from drying for any touchups needed later.
STEP 3 – Draw Your Design
We drew the original geometric pattern from above freehand with the help of a 30 x 60 x 90 triangle. Now, are you ready? By taping two of these triangles together, we created the 120 degrees we needed to form the pentagonal angle. Does your brain hurt from doing algebra yet? ‘Cause ours did when we forgot exactly how many degrees a triangle had. It’s 180 degrees total. You’re welcome, from your 6th grade math class!
PRO TIP: Frog tape your ruler to the measurement you will need to refer to frequently so you won’t have to always look for the measurement and possibly measure wrong.
Here are the tools we used:
STEP 4 – Cut Out Your Pattern
After drawing the pattern, we used an X-Acto knife and carefully cut out the areas that needed to be painted.
PRO TIP: If you don’t have a cork backed ruler, you can tape up your index finger so that if the blade slips, it won’t slice into your skin. (Ouch!).
STEP 5 – Admire!
We used color creativity and even a little math to get us this far in learning how to paint a floor. It’s time to admire our hard work!
STEP 6 – Remove the Tape
Now, onto the highly satisfying part—removing the tape! (Unfortunately for us, not all of it… We still have to paint the background white since we forgot it the first go around).
STEP 7 – Fix Your Flops
Everyone makes mistakes. We’re going back in and repainting the background wood color white. Now is the time to bring your paint job to perfection.
PRO TIP: Don’t do what we did and forget to paint the background white before frog taping everything. Lesson learned!
STEP 8 – Unveil Your New Floor
Ta-dah! The final tape is removed! A few touch-ups needed, but not too shabby!
What do you think? You now know how to paint a floor that is fresh and ready for your feet!
Let us know about any other Frog Tape paint projects that you have done in the comment section below. We’d love to hear from you!