starting to paint the dark squares in a checkerboard pattern on a wood floor
Photo: Kolin Smith
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Paint a Checkerboard Floor

The burgundy red floor in the master bedroom of Sara and Andrew'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 (shown). Recently, This Old House senior technical editor Mark Powers used their techniques to create a similar floor in his own house. Here he shows how a little measuring and a couple of coats of durable floor paint can add a little personality to a room for a small price.

For full step-by-step instructions, shopping list, tools list, and more, see How to Paint a Floor.

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