A checkerboard floor is the perfect way to add vintage charm to your home. This tutorial will show you how to do it yourself!
Give your home a touch of vintage charm with this easy checkerboard floor tutorial.
Learn how to add beautiful vintage charm with a checkerboard floor in your home. This easy DIY project is perfect for any cottage style decor!
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Are you looking to add unique vintage charm to your home?
Checkerboard floors have been fashionable for generations, and this classic style is still just as stylish today.
The bold pattern of a checkerboard floor gives any room an eye-catching upgrade that adds personality.
Plus, its timeless design can be easily tailored to match the aesthetic of any room—from sleek modern kitchens to cozy country living rooms!
In this post, we’ll show you how to create an attractive checkerboard floor no matter what kind of space you’re dealing with.
Today, I am sharing How to Add Beautiful Vintage Charm With a Checkerboard Floor.
Come on, I’ll show you.
Do you want to add unique vintage charm to your home décor?
Checkerboard floors are the perfect way to do just that!
Whether you’re looking for an update in your living room, kitchen, or bathroom, checkerboard floors provide a striking look that will capture everyone’s attention.
While this floor option may have been popular in past decades, it’s still making quite a fashionable comeback.
Keep reading and discover exactly how easy it is to give any room beautiful style with a checkered pattern of vintage black and white tiles!
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Are you looking to add some beautiful vintage charm to your home without doing a full-scale renovation?
Consider introducing a timeless checkerboard floor – an inexpensive and surprisingly simple project that will change the whole feel of your space.
With this tutorial, we’ll walk through all the steps it takes to create an eye-catching checkered pattern on any surface at home, whether it’s in the kitchen or hallway.
So get ready to be inspired and learn how to use that special vintage flair!
You will need: a broom, dust pan, floor cleaner, shop towels, a long straight edge, level, a measuring tape, blue painters tape, pencils, foam paint roller, roller frame, paint tray, paintbrush, square edge, box cutter. paint, varathane.
Step 1: Sweep, clean and rinse floors.
You definitely want a clean and dry surface to start out with.
I was painting my entryway, which made things very interesting, as it was the pathway to the upstairs, the front door, the kitchen and the living room,
I knew that once I started painting that I couldn’t walk through to get upstairs or outside.
I had to have everything that I needed before I started the project.
How Do I Add Beautiful Vintage Charm With a Checkerboard Floor?
This area has hardwood floors, which are in fine condition, but I really wanted to add vintage charm and character as soon as you opened the front door.
Originally, I was going to paint the floor with a black and white pattern, but I am so glad that I decided to just do the black squares with the original wood squares.
If you are painting a two tone pattern, now is the time to paint the entire floor the lighter of the two colors that you have chosen. I recommend doing two coats of paint and letting them dry completely before adding any tape to the new paint.
I really love the look of it and it still ties in nicely with the surrounding floors.
Step 2: Now it is time to tape off the pattern. I started by taping off the moldings around the room and taping off a straight line between the entryway and kitchen, and between the living room and entryway.
Step 3: next, I found the center line through the room and marked it.
TIP: Now, this tip is my “got to” idea that keeps me on track with keeping the pattern square. I wanted 18″x 18″ squares, so I bought a single tile from the Home Depot that was 18″x 18″ and used it for my pattern.
Step 4: I laid the tile at the center point of the room and drew out the first square, using a pencil.
TIP: I like to use a pencil for this project. It is easily erased if you make a mistake, or after the project is done and you have a few pencil lines showing.
After I marked the first square, I used my long straight edge and continued to draw the lines out from all sides of the tile.
Next, I moved the tile to the next intersection and drew the lines out from all sides of the tile. Keep doing this method throughout your room, making sure that you are staying square.
Step 5: I really wished that I had some pics of this part, but I got so caught up in the project, that I forgot to stop and take pics. Now that you have all of your lines marked, it’s time to tape off the squares.
TIP: I made an “x” with tape on all of the squares that wereStep 6: not being painted so that I didn’t it confused once I started painting.
There are two different methods that I have used.
One is to tape off every other square, so that yu aren’t over lapping connecting squares.
Two, fully tape off the inside of the squares that are not being painted.
Step 6: It’s time to start painting the squares.
I used Sherwin Williams Super paint in Tricorn Black. I love the Super Paint, because it has a primer and paint in one can.
I used a 2″ angled painted brush to paint along the edges of the walls or in tight spaces.
I’m a bit of a paint brush snob, I really love a good paintbrush. Purdy is my favorite.
You will never regret using a quality brush.
I make sure to clean it well after use and hand it up so that the bristles don’t get messed up.
Next, I use a 4″ foam roller to fill in the squares.
The foam roller will give a nice smooth finish.
I did two coats of paint, making sure to let it dry completely between coats.
Pro Tip: 🙂 Be sure to have a large bag of popcorn and a good movie to keep you company while each coat of paint dries.
Step 7: After the painted squares are completely dry, you can remove the tape.
***This part is crucial if you want good clean lines.
Using a flat square that is solid (I linked one above), line it up along the edge of the tape. Hold it securely with one hand. and using a sharp box cutter, cut along the tapes egde-cutting through the paint.
Then gently pull the tape off.
It might be helpful to see the pics above, to see what I’m talking about.
Once all of the tape is removed and any pencil lines cleaned up, it’s time to add a sealer.
This, too is an important step if you want to preserve t your newly painted floor.
Step 8: Next, I used a 4′ foam roller and applied three coats of varathane sealer.
Letting each coat dry before applying the next coat.
(The popcorn and movie tip comes in handy, once again.)
After the third coat is applied, I let it dry for 12 hours before walking on it.
Step 9: This step is my favorite.
Step back and enjoy your gorgeous new floor.
Doesn’t it look amazing?
My entry way is only about 6′ by 8′, so it wasn’t a huge space, so I was able to finish it in one long day.
Then letting it dry overnight.
See How I painted the checkerboard floors in the Greenhouse, here.
The greenhouse floor is concrete, so it was very tough on my knees.
If you are painting a concrete floor, I definitely recommend using knee pads.
Adding a checkerboard floor to your home is a great way to add some vintage charm.
It’s also a timeless design that can be easily tailored to match the aesthetic of any room. I
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I love everythign vintage.
I added a vintage runner down the center of the entryway floor.
I found this amazing vintage bench, that I placed along one wall.
I added vintage artwork and accessories around the room.
I just couldn’t be happier with it.
If you’re looking for a way to add some unique vintage charm to your home, then check out our tutorial on how to create a beautiful checkerboard floor.
This classic style is perfect for any room in your house, and it’s easy to customize the design to match your existing décor.
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Checkerboard floors are a great way to add some personality and charm to your home.
They’re also easy to paint and can be tailored to match any kind of space.
Use whatever colors fit your style.
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