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DIY Painted Floor – Subfloor

How to freshen a bathroom vanity by painting the subfloor | The Chelsea Project Blog | www.thechelseaproject.com

Just for the record…

when this bathroom vanity redo started..

I had no intention of painting the floor.

I had a plan.

I was just going to give the area a little refresh…

…you know….

just enough to make it work…

until I could manage a full Jack and Jill renovation.

Been there?


Well, lo and behold…

one day

while I was working away….

this crazed woman shows up


before I could put down my paint brush…..

the carpet had been ripped up and flung into the driveway.

I tried to stop her…

…I did…

…I really did….

but she was a woman possessed!!


at least, that’s the version I told the hubs.

*wink. wink*

He didn’t say a word.

He just surveyed the damage…


….shook his head..

and slowly walked away.


The next day, I knew it was time to fish or cut bait with this floor.

I mean….

obviously there was no turning back.

So.. I hit it with the trifecta of DIY weaponry..

bleach…sandpaper…and elbow grease.


Then I added molding around the bottom to fill the gap where the carpet had been.  (Apologies, I wasn’t blogging back then and didn’t think to get pictures of the molding before it was painted.  My bad.)

The gaps in the subfloor disappeared with wood filler and sanding.


Not bad.

She looks good after two coats of Zinsser 123 and two coats of paint.

The primer and paint were allowed cure time.

Each coat was different, but I didn’t apply the second coat until the first was no longer tacky….about 7 days between coats.


Ordinarily, I would have used a more foot friendly paint…

like porch paint.

But, because I knew this area would get little traffic


would be covered by a throw rug…

I just used the same paint as I used on the board and batten.


For me, this was a good way to try painting a subfloor.

The area was small…

gets very little traffic….

and I didn’t try anything fancy.

IMG_1105And now, I know how to finish a subfloor…

just in case ….

that crazed, carpet-ripping,

wild woman…

shows up again.


I’m ready.


Until next time,

Please…….don’t forget to PIN……


Happy Decorating,



  • Reply upsidediy February 5, 2015 at 10:53 pm

    That wild woman showed up at my house too! Erm….I have ripped up the carpet out of every house I’ve owned. Since money was always an issue, I’d opt to paint it. It’s great fun and you can really showcase your originality! Great work on your floor. It looks beautiful! 😀

    • Reply thechelseaprojectblog February 5, 2015 at 11:47 pm

      TY so much. I loved writing the piece this morning. Great memories. I’d love to have you follow along……I hear there’s lots more crazy coming down the pike. lol.

  • Reply The Cedar Shake Cape February 5, 2015 at 10:58 pm

    You are so handy!! Good job!

  • Reply drlindallabin February 5, 2015 at 11:30 pm

    Very enjoyable, and helpful. I sometimes have, I think, the same crazed woman in my house. First, we need a really large net…

    • Reply thechelseaprojectblog February 5, 2015 at 11:40 pm

      I hope you do! She will keep you on your toes. lol. Thanks for your kind words…I hope you will continue to follow….there’s lots more crazy on tap.

  • Reply JoAnne Miller February 6, 2015 at 12:28 am

    Wow! This turned out great! You did a great job! And I love a window in the bathroom.

    • Reply thechelseaprojectblog February 6, 2015 at 1:01 am

      Thx…I’m just getting to some of my fav projects. This is one of my favs. Thx for comment. 😉

  • Reply Gail574 February 7, 2015 at 5:36 pm

    Love your floors! You did a great job!! You make everything seem SO easy!! Love your blog

  • Reply Found This Painted That February 8, 2015 at 2:32 am

    I don’t know why everyone is so afraid of that crazy lady. She’s painted concrete, sub floor, wood floor and vinyl and it always looks great and saves me tons of money. Love her

  • Reply DIY Board and Batten to “Hide” White Tile | The Chelsea Project February 8, 2015 at 4:26 pm

    […] the door opens…..the color of the tile flows onto the painted subfloor (Instructions here) of the vanity area.  The vanity cabinets and the board and batten on the walls are also the same […]

  • Reply leiabushman February 9, 2015 at 10:40 pm

    It looks great! I’m pressed how well you got rid of the spaces between the boards. Thanks for sharing at On Display Thursday!

  • Reply melaniealexander February 12, 2015 at 12:29 pm

    That is a great idea! How has the paint held up over time? My little carpeted area gets lots of foot traffic from 3 boys and one momma . . . do you think this could work there?

    • Reply thechelseaprojectblog February 12, 2015 at 12:42 pm

      Yes….but suggest to use paint made for high traffic and high humidity….like porch paint. I faux painted my stair steps (post coming soon) using porch paint last Oct. when the air was very dry. It still took 8 weeks to fully cure. I may need to do a follow-up post about the subfloor. it’s all about the prime and the cure. And Yes. My floor looks good as new, but gets very little traffic and is covered by a throw rug. My stair steps also look good as new and get hammered.

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