I live in a 1950's house, when we first came to look around the house the main thing that sold it to me was the originnal floorboards in the hall. Since we have been here the heating has been changed and the floor has suffered lots of general wear and tear. I have today painted the hall in a gorgeous colour F&B dovetail, it looks amazing! I can't stop looking at it!, but the varnished floor just doesn't match in the slightest here I would like to paint in a pale greyey/off white colour, but am scared I will ruin what I feel is the main feature of the house. Are there people on here who have painted floors in the past and regretted it now?
I would have them sanded and stained a more 'natural' colour, I know what you mean about the orange! We had this done at our last house and it looked great and farrow and ball colours tone really well with natural materials. I'm not sure how paint would hold up, especially in the hallway. HTH.
I'd paint the boards. What colour have you got in mind?
I painted some boards in Mahogany from F&B and loved it (very white walls though so not right shade for you). They took some upkeep and we had to repaint after two years but they did look fab, especially as I didn't mind scrapes on them - shabby chic style.
I agree with last post, either used cheap varnish or it's old to make the floor look that orange, sand and wax, gives a nice matt sheen, rather than the shine of varnish. Waxed with a paint on neutral shade and buffed off, this was in our hall, looks great. Sander was hired for three days £45. Was a belt sander rather than a big floor sander. We had a small hand sander with multidirection head, black and decker and you can buy a fluffy head for buffing the wax.
Don't paint it. Agree, sand and re-varnish. If you have newer boards that don't match, you might be able to 'borrow' some from another room, and put new ones in there, so the ones in your hall are all the same age. We did this, taking a few from the bedroom to replace damaged ones int eh living room, before sanding.
I wouldn't paint it. In a high traffic area like the hall it will wear quite quickly so not good unless you're really into the shabby chic look.
I would sand it so it comes up in its original pale colour. I'd then either re-seal like that (look into sealants that won't go orange), or I would stain a darker colour that would look smart with the Dove Tail (lovely colour).