You may remember I mentioned in my recent house update post my plans to change the dining room floor. As this room flows through into the kitchen I wanted to replicate the same slate tiles in the dining area to create more of a seamless flow.

However a bit of investigation at the weekend revealed the current wooden floor is placed on top of original quarry tiles. Ripping up the floor to expose these pretties would be a nice touch but wouldn’t do anything to help the eye glide from one room to another. Removing the quarry tiles looks to be a time-consuming, labour intensive job so it’s out of the question at the moment. Especially with the long term plan to have one hell of a fancy kitchen and dining area in about five years time with a much lighter floor flowing through the whole area. We’re just after a shortish term option to tide us over while we save up for the kitchen of my dreams. Enter the floor paint option.

We painted the floor in our old bathroom. The floorboards were in a bad state of repair and no manner of belt sanding could revive the tired and broken boards. After knocking in any stray nails, a quick sand of the boards left them ready for two coats of Ronseal Diamond Hard Floor Paint. Despite it being a humid area, I was always impressed with how the paint stood up to the job and gave us an inexpensive update to the bathroom.
This time around we’re going from one extreme to the other and in order to attempt to match the slate floor we’ve got to go dark. Oh yes, hello black paint and slightly intimidating dark floor. The images below taken from JJ Locations persuade me back floors don’t have to be scary.

In fact they can be downright sexy. Check out 47 Park Avenue if you don’t believe me. These boards have gone over to the dark side with Farrow and Ball’s Pitch Black floor paint which I’m off to purchase at the weekend.

I’m well aware the look can be a little stark if it isn’t combined with a load of warmer elements; lots of wood, a splash of greenery, so I plan to include both, as well as a rug or two to stop the space feeling chilly. Cushioned pads are going to be a must for the bottom of the chairs too. I don’t want all that hard graft going to waste with a scraping chair leg. Do follow me on Instagram if you want to see the progress and please let me know if you’ve painted any of your floors? How did they hold up and which paint did you use?