Step 1: Sand the Floor

hand sanding wood floor in preparation for painting
Photo: Deborah Whitlaw Llewellyn
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Rough up the floor with 150-grit sandpaper. Measure the area to cover, and draw a pattern to scale on paper, adjusting proportions to make a cloverleaf in a square. The 5-foot square shown fits neatly in a 9-by-6-foot border. The center dot, 2 feet across, is framed by open "leaves" of similar size. Solid 10-inch circles ground the design in the four corners.

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    Tools List

    • paintbrush
      1½-inch natural-bristle paintbrush
    • Pencil and string, to mark design
    • cleaning rag
      Rag, to clean up any mistakes

    Shopping List

    1. Oil-based paint

    2. Satin polyurethane

    3. 150-grit sandpaper