bedroom with painted checkered floor
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12. Paint a Checkered Floor Design

The burgundy red floor in the master bedroom of Sara and Andrew Taylor's Massachusetts farmhouse didn't fit the fresh and energetic personality of the newlyweds. But refinishing wasn't an option on a limited budget. So to update the space, they painted the floor in a light checked pattern, using beige and white to warm up their cool blue walls. Recently, This Old House senior technical editor Mark Powers used their techniques to create a similar floor in his own house.

View the complete step-by-step instructions at How to Paint a Floor.

Floor paint: Bay Harbor Beige and Patio White by Benjamin Moore; about $39 per gallon
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