Checkers anyone?


While consulting with a design professional in a stuffy boardroom about my cottage... Nawww.. Had you going there didn't I? I was really talking to a design professional, her name is Layla from the Lettered Cottage but I was in my closet{only room in the house where I can run away too and be alone}. She had called the other night and we were just chatting about my lil cottage and I was sharing with her about the floors. She came up with a great idea! She suggested I paint a design right onto the plywood floor. Well you know I was all over that idea and could not sleep a wink that night.

So the very next morning I put Layla's plan to action. I first found the center of the room and started taping off where my checkered design would go.

This is a very tricky thing to do. It's not easy when you are impatient like me and want it done asap.

I sanded the areas that will be painted.

Rolling..rolling...rolling...I used a semi gloss paint in the sweetest shade of blue ever.

I then sanded the painted part for a rustic feel. See the scratches...

I was a bit worried at first that this would make the small room even smaller but boy was I wrong.

I find that it makes the room so much larger.

I did go over the floor once again with a poly... just to give it a bit more shine and durability.

This is what I love so much about bloggin' and friendships. Two heads are always better than one and just look at the result!

Thanks Layla!

80 comments:

  1. There's only one word for your new floor...G-O-R-G-E-O-U-S!

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  2. Beautiful! I can't wait to see the finished cottage!

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  3. OMGoodness, that's gorgeous! What a beautiful little cottage! :)

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  4. Good Morning Miz Susie,
    Won't you pretty pretty please come do my floor! I love it, it's utterly and completely perfect for your cottage studio!

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  5. What a delightful floor and I'm crazy about the palest shade of blue that you used. You will enjoy walking on your lovely floor each and every day. Sea Witch

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  6. That's beautiful. Kuddos to you for being patient enough to tape that out. I'm not sure I could've done it.
    Enjoy your Monday.

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  7. Looks so great! I love checkerboard anything and think it is perfect for your cottage floor.

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  8. Wow! I loved it before, but this is even better. Fantastic!

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  9. Beautiful...keep racking up heads, if the results are this great.

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  10. can you move next door to me? the house is for sale!

    it looks faboo

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  11. that floor is fantastic!!! i can't wait to see the whole thing put together. :o)

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  12. Isn't Layla amazing? And you can call her your friend. You are a lucky girl.
    Love the floors. This is going to be such a happy space. A space heater for the winter and a small fridge and you'll be set!Ha.

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  13. OH! This is so WEIRD! I so wanted to suggest to you the other day that you paint diamonds on the floor {I've been throwing around the idea of doing it in my kitchen and spent the latter part of the week trying to decide between painting on new hardwood when we install it or going with some kind nice vinyl tile}Anyway, it was fresh on my brain and I kept looking at your floor thinking about how lovely it was but how nice it would look, too, in checks! Lol, so imagine my surprise to see your post this morning! It's like a dream, hehe! It definitely does make the space look larger. This is what I want to do, but in red. I did a brown and white checkers on the landing in my studio and love it! Great job!

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  14. Adorable! Your little cottage is coming along so cute! :o)
    Did you see my new old windows? I have worked on them this weekend and I can't wait to show where they end up. I gave one to a friend and she hung it in her car port! Too cute! :o)
    Have a great day!
    Sincerely ~ Tricia Anne
    Ps. Have you ever gone to the Blueberry Jubilee in Poplarville, MS to sell your crafts?

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  15. Oh, my, I just thought I loved it before. Now it is perfect!!

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  16. It looks amazing. I love that it is blue, not white. You did an amazing job.

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  17. I'm seriously considering doing this is our Master Bedroom....LOVE the way yours turned out!

    GREAT JOB!
    Layla

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  18. You did a fabulous job- looks amazing!

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  19. You are the second person to post a checkered floor in a week. I did this to my sister-in-laws sunroom about 6 years ago and loved it then and still love what you girls are doing.

    Cheri

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  20. That looks beautiful Susie!

    {{Big Hugs}}

    Cathy

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  21. This is beautiful, Susie! I'm so happy you did this! I was thinking checkered floor, too. Great job!

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  22. It looks beautiful! What a great way to make use of the floor you have! We started taking up our kitchen floor and I'm deciding what to do with the wood underneath. I'm leaning toward a cream/tan checkerboard pattern using porch paint. Or I may just stain the whole thing. You are inspiring me to go with the checkerboard!
    ~Michelle

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  23. Oh, Susie, I just love checkerboards. I could have given you the same idea, as I did a black & white floor on my old porch floor (plywood) in GA. In fact, I've got a post going up soon about that little porch & how I did the floor. I loved it & I know you're gonna love this too. It really adds some character.

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  24. Too cool! Our kitchen has that flooring!

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  25. Oh, it turned out great! I didn't think that after you stained them that they could look any better, but you girls totally proved me wrong!

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  26. Oh your floor is just perfect!

    We could play a big game of chess and use ourselves. :)

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  27. This is so pretty!!!! great job!
    have a good week!
    Eddie

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  28. All I can say is FANTASTIC!

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  29. Gorgeous! We did that, too, in a friend's kitchen. You can see it here: http://katandgray.blogspot.com/2009/02/one-anothering-kitchen-style.html . It came out well, but it hasn't worn as well as she would have liked. She did a wax finish over the top but is going to touch up the black squares and then seal it with poly like you did.

    Great job!

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  30. ~WOW! Susie this is BEAUTIFUL!!!!

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  31. Susie-Q, this is just precious!! I am loving it!! I was actually telling my Hubby about it yesterday. He looked at me and said, "Is this a friend from bloggyland or someone here in town?" Bless his heart! I would love to come and see it!! Can't wait to see your next step.

    When does Madison go back to school?
    Hugs,
    Susan

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  32. I painted my concrete floor with a black/white checker board pattern just like yours, and I love it. Yours looks fab.

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  33. Beautiful! I love the texture it adds to the room.

    Don't forget to come by and enter my giveaway, it just happens to match your blog design ;)

    http://songbirdtiff.blogspot.com/2009/08/its-time-for-giveaway_17.html

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  34. Oh, it looks so beautiful! I have wanted to do this for so long! One day, one day!

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  35. Your checkered floors look perfect. Jackie

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  36. This is perfect! It came out great! Wonder what we'll get to see next.... I can hardly wait!

    Adrienne

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  37. That Layla, she can inspire to the max eh? Looks more than amazing! Great job.

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  38. Wow....it is coming along so nicely! I just love this and can't wait to see the finish product.

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  39. I JUST LOVE DOING CHECKERBOARD FLOORS ALSO, WHEN I HAVE A LOT TO DO FOR MY CLIENTS, I GET 2 MEDIUM PIZZA BOXES & ALTERNATE THEM ON THE FLOOR, DRAW A FAINT LINE, THAT WAY YOU DON'T HAVE TO TAPE OFF ANYTHING, JUST PAINT EVERY OTHER SQUARE :) SORRY I DIDN'T FIND YOU BEFORE YOU STARTED, IT WOULD HAVE SAVED YOU ALOT OF TIME, BUT IT'S GORGEOUS ANYWAY. GIO

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  40. Two thumbs up for Susie!!! :) Looks great, girlie. You get so much done...I am in awe of you. :)

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  41. i wouldn't have thought it could get any better than before...but you proved me wrong! this is beautiful and it has so much character...i am with everyone else who says they can't wait to see the finished product! :-)

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  42. oh my lord! i love it. it came out great. you sound like me, i like to get things done fast too. it came out great. i will be back to visit!

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  43. That is awesome! What a gorgeous collaboration. That's my favorite thing about blogs, so many wonderful thoughts and ideas. Thanks so much for sharing this, I'll be linking.

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  44. Wow, it looks fab, Susie! It's so eXciting to watch your petite studio take shape, one cool project at a time.

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  45. Ahhhh...I've been out of the blogging loop for a few days and look what you've been up to? This little cottage is absolutely adorable. And that floor...... To.Die.For!!! What an awesome studio... You derserve it Susie!

    Hugs ~ Amanda

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  46. Susie - is looks great! I did this 11 years ago in my house on my dining room hardwood floors that were just yucky. I didn't tape though - I got a 15x15 square and went around the room and "drew" them in. My color was hunter green. I then used a clear stain and went over the whole thing twice and I still get compliments. Love it! Layla has so many good idea's.....

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  47. Love it! I have been thinking of doing this in my entry or maybe dining room. Looks beautiful!

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  48. So absolutely beautiful. This cottage is going to be spectacular. I can't wait to see it when it's completed.

    Ruth

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  49. Such fun, fun, fun!! This room will look absolutely great when you get done with it!
    :-) Sue

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  50. Wow - I love it! Can't wait to see everything else!

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  51. WOW!!! It looks FANTASTIC!!!! :) I absolutely LOVE it!!!!! :)

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  52. You did a great job on the floor. Beautiful!

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  53. I don't care who gets the credit 'cause you're both geniuses! Layla for coming up with it, and you for doing it!! I'm floored! Get it? Floored! Funny, huh?

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  54. Oh, I love your your tiny head and Layla's tiny head think! The floor is wonderful!
    Be a sweetie,
    Shelia :)

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  55. Hi! I found your blog over at Layla's!! The floor is fantastic!

    XXDenise

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  56. Floor is beautiful. Great job!

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  57. I had a feeling that was what you would end up doing in your "new playhouse". It's going to look fabulous!

    Gretchen

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  58. That looks incredible!! What a fabulous idea that was and the result is great!!

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  59. Hi Susie,

    I love your checkerboard floor.
    It is looking wonderful and I bet you can't wait to move in!

    Enjoy your week
    Hugs
    Carolyn

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  60. OH, Susie, you never cease to amaze me! That looks so pretty!

    As a side note, do you know how happy it makes me to see my button on your sidebar? : )

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  61. You did an a.m.a.z.i.n.g job! It's beautiful! It's art. I love it!
    Roeshel

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  62. Wow. It looks amazing. Never would have thought that could work out so well. You did a fabulous job!

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  63. Looking fabulous!!!!!you did fantastic job...That looks so pretty! !!! i love it thanks...

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  64. This floor is amazing- it really has that WOW Factor to it now! Great job. I would never be this brave! Love your blog BTW...so much inspiration! Daisy~

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  65. Love the way these floors turned out! Good for you to have the courage to paint hardwood floors. Most people faint at the notion. :) Thanks for sharing the process and pics with us.

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  66. I've always loved the checkerboard look and your floors look fabulous. I commend your bravery on painting those hardwoods!

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  67. Fantastic! I'm thinking of doing this on the linoleum in my kitchen as a temporary fix! But if I can make it look as good as yours, it might have to stay that way!

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  68. you had me at checkers!

    this looks fantastic.
    you are so brave.

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  69. love it!. It looks SO good!! we have a checkerboard subfloor in our boys room and LOVE it!!

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