It has been almost two years since I gave my home studio a little face lift. And I have yet to grow tired of my favorite part --- its painted checkerboard floor.
The lower portion of my studio was an addition to an existing den that we added on back in 1992. To keep costs down, I decided to carpet both levels of the space. (The den, located one step up, had a very worn hard wood floor.) Sixteen years later, the carpeting had to go. We pulled it up, refinished the hard wood and mulled over what to do with the lower portion's plywood sub-floor. I always wanted to have a painted checkerboard floor, so I figured this was the perfect place to give it a try. And since Carlos, my fabulous house painter was already on hand, I had him help me out.
First, I carefully measured out a checkerboard on a diagonal. It took me quite a while to figure out just the right size squares for the space. Too big and the pattern might be overwhelming; too small and I might feel dizzy! Then Carlos taped off the design and applied two coats of paint.
For the paint colors, I chose a light warm gray and an aqua that is one shade darker than the walls . By keeping the contrast down between the two colors, the pattern is subtle and doesn't overpower the small 13.5 by 10 foot space. We used porch and patio paint that is an epoxy reinforced latex enamel. It has held up very well.
Carlos wanted to fill the floor's seams and nail holes but I chose to leave them as is. I think all of these imperfections give the floor more character.
My studio's checkerboard floor caught the eye of another blogger. Denise, who has a blog called First a Dream, was inspired by my floor and decided to paint her loft's floor just the same way. You can see its twin sister here. Then she painted almost every floor in her house, from faux wood to painted area rugs. Pretty clever!
Back when we painted my floor, little did I know how versatile it would be. Not only has it perked up my studio, I used it for the background of this blog's banner. Plus, I shoot all sorts of items on it for my Etsy shop. It's very photogenic, don't you think?