White Floorboard Makeover

Housewife Confidential Sitting Room Makeover Reveal

White floorboards bounce light into dark spaces and boy is our sitting room a dark space. When we made over our ground floor last year the varnished wooden floors stood out like a sore thumb. They were dark, shabby and bordering on orange. Something had to be done.

At the B&Q press day I was talking to the team about my dilemma when they introduced me to their new renovation paint. Family life can be tough on painted surfaces, the hallway and sitting room are the main thoroughfares of the house so there was no doubt that we had to find a paint which could withstand it.

You can see the before above and here is the after…







Ta da!

Bright Sitting Room with White Floor Boards

So bright and fresh! Almost immediately the amount of time we had the light on was cut drastically. With only a small window of its own this room has always relied on borrowed light from the kitchen but more often we would have the light on during the day. The white floorboards live up to our hopes of increasing the brightness in the space.

Sadly our gorgeous berber rug suddenly looked dirty against the pure white floor. We lived with it for a while but it didn’t do any justice to the rug so we switched it out for this Matisse inspired rug which really pops against the white floorboards.

Plate Wall and Sophie Wiltshire Ceramics in Colourful Living Room

The corners of this room have always been a little dingy but they are now open and bright. I have begun to hang my collection of plates in the corner by the cupboard which is also benefitting from switching out our old black TV stand for this white metal coffee table.

Hallway Makesover with B&Q and Valspar at Housewife Confidential-5

The hallway is where people get their first impression of the house and it was where the floorboards were looking the most shabby. You can literally see where people have walked as they come in. Thankfully it now looks calm and welcoming (at least when it’s this tidy!)

White Floor Boards in Hallway

In practical terms painting the floor after having it varnished needs some prep. This paint can be painted directly onto varnish or onto prepared wood but as our floor was worn back to the boards in some places and still shiny in others our decorator keyed it all back to ensure an even finish.

Jake is very particular about his materials (if you’re in Winchester and need a great painter drop me a line, he’s the best) and he was pleased with the quality and finish of the V33 Renovation Paint. The recoat time is 3 hours so he was able to apply a second and third coat relatively quickly. For context – we left the house on a Wednesday morning and it was finished by Thursday night including sanding time.

White Floorboards in Colourful British Home

The big question is how do white floors and a family of five mix? One of the reasons I always leave a few months before posting about products which are so permanent is I want to truly test out how well they wear. I know you wouldn’t appreciate me evangelising something which six month later needed further work.

The finish was slippery at first and I was concerned that we might always have to wear slippers but after a month or two this stopped being an issue. If you have very young children / babies you might want to hold off on painted floors for a little while.

These floors have taken through Spring, Summer and into Autumn. They are pounded daily by our children and frequently covered in muddy footprints on a rainy day. We mop the floors twice a week but otherwise don’t give them any special treatment.

I am impressed with how nice they look this many months on. The paint has not chipped or scuffed and when it’s clean it looks as good as it did on that first day. I’ve photographed the two highest traffic spots – the bottom of the kitchen step and the front door – so you can see for yourself what it looks like.

White Floor Boards in high traffic area

White Floor Boards in high traffic area

I am so happy we decided to do this, it makes the world of difference to the mood in the house. White floorboards have rounded off the fresh and happy look we have tried to create in our space and created so much light.

We used: V33 Renovation Paint from B&Q, specifically the V33 Renovation White Satin Wooden Floor & Stairs Paint.

The Rug and plant holder are both last season from Oliver Bonas.

Tv stand is the IKEA PS 2012 Coffee Table.

All other items can be found in my last decoration post.


Yellow Sofa and White Floor Boards Colourful Living Room Makeover

This project is a supported by B&Q who provided the paint & materials we used for the makeover. Labour, additional materials and furnishing model’s own.

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  • Reply Will November 10, 2016 at 5:56 pm

    KAT! This is FANTASTIC. White floorboards are my dream home THING. We had fake white flooring in two bedrooms in an old flat (the one we did the blogtacular vid in all those years ago) but one day I would love real wooden painted white floorboards like this. FAB.

  • Reply Kate November 11, 2016 at 12:39 am

    White floorboards – now, in your world of colour, this is definitely something I can get on board with.

  • Reply Elinor aka Beachhutcook November 12, 2016 at 10:19 am

    Wow that screams happy and joyful doesn’t it. What a difference white can make. Love it. Should I paint the inside of my beach hut white now?! Look what you’ve done!!!

  • Reply Jenni (The Bear & The Fox) November 14, 2016 at 4:40 pm

    I love it!! It looks really great. I hate being limited by what we are allowed to do in our rental.

  • Reply Flora November 24, 2016 at 9:06 am

    Wow! White floorboards make SUCH a huge difference! I do love a before & after where there’s a genuine transformation, and this certainly does change the brightness and freshness in each room doesn’t it? Also really like that you’ve waited a while to truly ‘test’ the paint with a family – appreciate you not saying how great it is without ‘living in it’ if you know what I mean, so thank you! :)


    • Reply Kat January 23, 2017 at 11:42 am

      Thanks Flora! Definitely need to know it won’t all flake off before I recommend a product x

  • Reply Paula December 20, 2016 at 3:33 pm

    Wow – it looks fab! I love the idea of white floorboards, but have been scarred by how easy everyone said the white Ikea sofa cover was to keep clean – it wasn’t for me, so not sure whether I am just missing the practical white interior gene! x

    • Reply Kat January 23, 2017 at 11:41 am

      HA ha ha! Not completely easy to keep clean (wet weather is the worst) but worth it because they look so nice.

  • Reply Jess March 3, 2017 at 9:47 am

    Wow that looks absolutely amazing! Great blog post! Xx
    Jess \ Rosita Lollipop x

    • Reply Kat March 7, 2017 at 7:38 pm

      Thanks Jess!

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