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White floor paint - any recommendations?

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ShesARumUn Mon 10-Feb-14 14:38:23

We are going to paint the floorboards in our living room, does anyone have a recommendation for a good quality, hard wearing white floor paint? Matt rather than glossy.

Thank you!

mabelbabel Tue 11-Feb-14 09:55:39

Sorry I can't help with white (hopefully someone else can) but we've just used Leyland floor paint in "Nimbus Grey" on some floor boards. Once it's fully dry it is not glossy (it is worryingly shiny for the first day or two), and it seems like a strong finish. Quite a pale grey colour if that's any good to you? I don't think they sell white.

MummytoMog Tue 11-Feb-14 10:27:09

I used international floor paint - I liked it, it's hard wearing but you do need to put two coats on and it's expensive. It's not totally matt, but it's not very shiny and nothing stays shiny on the floor anyway

ShesARumUn Thu 13-Feb-14 09:29:00

Thanks both - I'll continue my research.

betterwhenthesunshines Thu 13-Feb-14 12:03:05

I'm about to do our floorboards ( once the ceiling is fixed.. grrr) and I think I'll use Little Greene floor paint. I've done a fair bit of painting recently with bothe their oil based eggshell, water based eggshell and emulsion and it gives good coverage and is lovely to paint with so I'm hoping the floor will be the same. Worth looking at as the colours are good too.

ShesARumUn Fri 14-Feb-14 14:26:37

Thanks for the tip betterwhenthesunshines - will take a look at their website.

ohhifruit Fri 14-Feb-14 15:02:34

I'm watching this with interest.
How often do you have to repaint light coloured wooden floor or is there a way to seal it which isn't slippery?

Stars66 Fri 14-Feb-14 15:06:52

A friend has painted her floor, which she loves --and I think looks awful--Unless you want a floor covered in marks, scratches and that constantly looks grubby!

MummytoMog Fri 14-Feb-14 19:30:48

I don't find mine looks constantly grubby, but it's dark downstairs and pale upstairs, which may help.

ShesARumUn Sat 15-Feb-14 08:55:04

I intend to have a large rug which will cover the 'high traffic' area of the living room, so I am hoping the paint should last quite a while.

I've been debating whether or not to do it for so long, I've now decided to take the plunge! We can always sand back if it is truly awful.

pettyprudence Sun 16-Feb-14 03:48:10

I didn't do white, but me, my parents abd my aunt have used farrow and ball floor paint - it is awful! next time I will be using Leyland like the paint shop actually suggested and demonstrated to me. bloody expensive mistake.

ShesARumUn Sun 16-Feb-14 13:23:51

petty prudence - I've heard this before about Farrow and Ball floor paint; it's also really expensive so one to avoid, thank you.

I will investigate Leyland, thanks for the recommendation.

LilyBlossom14 Sun 16-Feb-14 13:45:25

I used a ronseal one and was it awful, paint was very very watery and within days it chipped and went yellowish. Am going to go over it with a garage floor paint I think.

pettyprudence Sun 16-Feb-14 21:20:33

The (independent) paint shop showed me their warehouse floor, painted in leyland grey, which had not been painted for 5 years and had vans driving over it - it was in better condition than my f&b floors after 3 days hmm I think the leyland one is also water based and quick drying like the f&b but only comes in abut 8 shades but the paint shop could mix me a mid or light tone if wanted. I forked out for the f&b though because I wanted the really dark tanners brown. As another bonus the paint shop said that the leyland did not need an undercoat or primer - if painting wood they said to give 2-3 coats, letting the first sink in to the wood for good adhesion and coverage. My tins of f&b cost £95-ish and the same size leyland would have been £35 per tin <sob>
As a teenager I painted my bedroom floor in cheap white gloss and yes it chipped, but looked like it was supposed to be like that iyswim?

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