How to Paint a Six-Pointed Star Pattern on a Floor
Worn wood flooring gets a warm-up from a colorful hand-painted pattern
Old flooring often benefits from a smooth new finish. Lucianna Samu, a decorative painter in Saratoga Springs, New York, created this star-bedecked pattern with leftover latex paint in five colors. "It's fine to mix sheens, because you finish with polyurethane," she says. After lightly sanding and cleaning the floorboards and putting down two base coats of flat latex, Samu cut two 20-inch equilateral triangles out of paper. She placed one upside down on the other to create a six-diamond, six-pointed star, which she outlined on poster board.
Moving to the floor, Samu marked the stars' center points at random 4-foot intervals, outlined each star with a pencil, and used a ruler and a fine-point permanent black marker to outline each diamond. Her palette included four colors with a similar value, plus a paler blue; rotating them gave the pattern a little spin. She advises doing the stars over time and finishing with three coats of polyurethane. "It should look hand-painted, not perfect," Samu says, to counter any nervousness. "Remember, later you'll be seeing it from 5 feet away."
Six Pointed Star Overview
Make a template by cutting two 20-by-20-by-20-inch triangles out of paper—any paper will do. Turn one triangle upside down, tape it on top of the other one to create a six-pointed star, and outline the star on poster board. Or simply download and print out the template here. You can also have a copy shop enlarge or shrink it to three different sizes so that you can see which one looks best on your floor. Use your final choice to make a poster-board template.