Painting Floorboards: How to Prepare, Repair and Paint

floorboards painted in white
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If you don't want carpet or tiles, painting floorboards is both a charming and budget-friendly finish, especially for floorboards in a good state of repair. 

A fresh new coat of paint on floorboards is just as transformative as painting a wall and a painted floor offers you another surface to introduce colour that compliments your design scheme. 

Steve Jenkins

Steve Jenkins is a freelance content creator with over two decades of experience working in digital and print and was previously the DIY content editor for Homebuilding & Renovating. 

He is a keen DIYer with over 20 years of experience in transforming and renovating the many homes he has lived in. He specialises in painting and decorating, but has a wide range of skills gleaned from working in the building trade for around 10 years and spending time at night school learning how to plaster and plumb.

He has fitted kitchens, tiled bathrooms and kitchens, laid many floors, built partition walls, plastered walls, plumbed in bathrooms, worked on loft conversions and much more. And when he's not sure how to tackle a DIY project he has a wide network of friends – including plumbers, gas engineers, tilers, carpenters, painters and decorators, electricians and builders – in the trade to call upon.