- Combine trisodium phosphate (TSP) in a bucket with warm water according to the package directions. Mop the floors with the TSP solution to remove all residues from the floor and dull the shine.
- Attach medium grit sandpaper to an orbital sander. Move the sander across the floors to scuff the surface and create texture. The added texture will allow the paint to better adhere to the floors. Remove sanding dust with a damp mop.
- Pour oil-based paint into a paint pan. Saturate a smooth texture woven roller brush with primer. Roll a thin, even coat of primer across the floor. Let the first coat dry. Apply a second coat of primer and let it dry overnight.
- Paint the floors using the same technique used to apply the primer. Use oil-based porch and floor paint. Apply multiple thin coats of paint instead of one thick coat for increased durability. Allow each coat of paint to dry before applying the next.
- Stay off the floors for seven days. Test an inconspicuous section of the floor to make sure it is fully cured. Try to make an indentation in the paint with your fingernail. If you can dent the paint, allow the floors to cure until you can no longer make a dent.
Things You Will Need
- Trisodium phosphate
- Orbital sander
- Paint roller
- When painting floors you can get creative by adding stripes or checkerboard patterns, or by painting a rug in the middle of the room. Use low tack painter's tape to create your design after you apply the primer.