step by step how to paint a six-pointed star pattern on wood floor
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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."

Download the star template


Steps // How to Paint a Six-Pointed Star Pattern on a Floor
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Six Pointed Star Overview

 
Step One // How to Paint a Six-Pointed Star Pattern on a Floor

Six Pointed Star Overview

template for 6-pointed star pattern painting floor

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.

 
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Mark The Star Positions

 
Step Two // How to Paint a Six-Pointed Star Pattern on a Floor

Mark The Star Positions

step by step how to paint a six-point star on wood floor, mark star stencil position on floor
Photo by Mark Samu

After the base coat is fully dry, mark the positions of the stars. To avoid rigid rows but achieve pleasing spacing, tie one end of a 4-foot piece of string to a pencil and knot the other end. Place the knot at the center of the first star, mark the center of the next one, and so on. Outline the stars lightly in pencil. Stand back and check the pattern, and adjust it if necessary.

 
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Draw The DIamonds

 
Step Three // How to Paint a Six-Pointed Star Pattern on a Floor

Draw The DIamonds

step by step how to paint a six-point star on wood floor, draw diamonds with ruler and pencil
Photo by Mark Samu

Use a metal ruler and a pencil to draw the diamonds.

 
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Gather Four Paint Colors

 
Step Four // How to Paint a Six-Pointed Star Pattern on a Floor

Gather Four Paint Colors

step by step how to paint a six-point star on wood floor, gather paint and brushes
Photo by Mark Samu

Assemble the paint and the brushes. Choose four colors that share the same value, such as the blue, green, yellow, and brown used in this project. Pour equal amounts into small lidded jars. Mix white into one of the colors to create a fifth shade, such as a pale blue; keep track of the proportions in case you need to mix more. Gather brushes in three or more sizes.

 
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Outline The Diamonds

 
Step Five // How to Paint a Six-Pointed Star Pattern on a Floor

Outline The Diamonds

step by step how to paint a six-point star on wood floor, use ruler and permanent marker to outline diamonds
Photo by Mark Samu

Using the metal ruler and a fine-point permanent black marker, outline the diamonds. This is a good time to remind yourself not to sweat small imperfections; the pattern should look hand-painted, and small blips will disappear once you are standing and seeing them from 5 feet away.

 
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Fill in With Paint

 
Step Six // How to Paint a Six-Pointed Star Pattern on a Floor

Fill in With Paint

step by step how to paint a six-point star on wood floor, paint star
Photo by Mark Samu

Use a tiny artist's brush to get into the corners, a half-inch brush for the edges, and a regular paintbrush to finish. Paint two of the diamonds with the hand-mixed fifth color, and create a little spin by varying the order of the colors from star to star. Gently dab the wet paint with a damp rag to let a bit of base color show. Do one star at a time, and wipe down the surface before resuming. Finish with one coat of durable high-gloss polyurethane and two coats of softer semigloss.

 
 
 

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