Those of you who follow me on Instagram know that I spent a good portion of the past two weeks on my knees, painting my kitchen floor. You see, I had always envisioned a diamond patterned floor for this kitchen. However, it just seemed to be a whole lot of work so I just put it off again and again. Well, unsurprisingly, it actually WAS a crazy amount of work, but I couldn´t love the outcome more. The patterned floors add so much warmth and interest to this room. I love it. Did I already say I love it? Well I do.
In case you´re interested what the process is, here´s a good tutorial. You´ll need to do a whole lot of this. It´s fun for the first row or so and then it gets tedious. As for how long it took me to do the prep work: SIX HOURS. I do not want to talk about it. The painting itself is actually the fun part. You know what´s not fun though? If your base coat comes off with the freaking painter´s tape. Which it did. It was a nightmare and I totally cried. Don´t buy cheap painter´s tape is what I am telling you. And let your base coat dry for at least three days. Learn from my mistakes!
Subsequently I spent a few nights touching up the parts that came off. And then! Then! Just when I thought I was finished, there was a thunderstorm one evening and we had a blackout that lasted a few hours. Since there wasn´t much else to do, I thought it was totally clever to warm up some soup in the dark. And what do you know, I stumbled over the dog and suddenly there was carrot soup all over my precious floors. The thing about carrot soup? It´s very orange and it stains. Really, I don´t want to talk about it.
But it´s the outcome that counts, right? And the outcome is very good. Now, let´s talk paint: The floors in here used to be Farrow & Ball´s Cornforth White, which I never really loved (it looks fine upstairs, but really cold in this darkish kitchen). So I decided to try Elephant´s Breath as a base coat, which is slightly darker and a lot warmer. The other color is Charleston Grey, the same color as on the feature wall and the old bench. I was a bit worried things could become too matchy-matchy, but as it isn´t a solid block of color I think it works great. Also, once I was happy with the pattern, I sealed everything with two coats of matte polyurethane. Just to make sure this labor of love lasts for a good long while.