So, let’s chat about the studio floor. As a reminder, here is what the room looked like when we purchased the house….
I actually didn’t get to see the house until after we had made an offer on it and Jeff was the first one to see the pictures of this room (it wasn’t in the real estate listing). Before he forwarded the pictures along, he warned me that I probably wouldn’t like it.
He was just looking at the dark, cedar planking. When I saw it, though, I questioned whether he really knew me at all! My voice got high-pitched with excitement. “It’s perfect!! It’ll look amazing painted!”
So, a couple of weeks ago, we primed and painted everything. The ceiling, the walls, and finally the floor. You can read about the ceiling and walls in THIS POST.
To prime the floors, we used the same primer that we used for the rest of the space. It’s Fresh Start by Benjamin Moore. I selected that primer, because it’s high hiding and because it’s water based. It was originally suggested that I use an oil-based primer specifically made for sealing cedar and other oily woods (and preventing bleed-through), but this cedar was 13 years old and pretty dry, so I decided to take a chance. And I really wanted to stay away from working with oil-based products.
I let the primer cure for about four days before painting the floor. The primer has better adhesion when you give it that extra time to cure prior to painting. I painted the floor with Rust Scat Enamel in semi-gloss, white right-out-of-the-can.
I have been so impressed with this paint. It’s dry to the touch in 30 minutes, you can walk on it in 2 hours, and it only takes 10 days to cure. It rolled/brushed on easily and has a nice, hard finish.
And the white floors look amazing! I know they aren’t practical for every room, but they are just perfect for a studio.
I tried adding a rug, but I didn’t like how it broke up the white. In this room, I don’t feel like I need the added softness.
Since this was a sunroom, those are basically deck boards. We have added house wrap and insulation underneath, but we may end up needing to install hardwood floors over the deck boards to add another layer of insulation from the elements. We’ll see how it holds up this winter and then decide.
The mini-split heating/cooling unit is being installed in that wall on the left today and I’ll share all about it in a future post. I am really excited about getting to work in this room, though, and dripping some colorful paint on that crisp, white floor…