How to Paint a Parquet Floor

a parquet floor being waxed
  • 6-8 hours
  • Beginner
  • 40-120
What You'll Need
Floor and porch paint
Primer (tinted, depending on your color choice)
Paint rollers
Polyurethane top coat
Wood filler

Some people may think that painting a parquet floor is sacrilege. But if your floors are in bad shape and don't have another sanding in them, or you just want a new and different look, painting parquet floors is an easier alternative to refinishing. This article will walk you step by step through the painting process to make sure that you have amazing results.

Step 1- Fill in Holes

The first thing that you need to do is fill in any gashes or holes in the wood. The paint, no matter what color it is, will make the imperfections in the wood stand out. You can buy wood filler at any home improvement store. You should also fill in any gaps between the pieces of wood that the wood filler can't with extra wood cut to fit. The wood will not have to match exactly since we will be painting over everything. After you finish adding the wood filler, sand down the pieces you filled and then wash the floor completely. Make sure that there is no dust or hair anywhere, or it will stick to the paint.

Step 2- Primer

The next step you need to do is apply the primer. Using brushes, paint the edges of the room first, and then come in with a paint roller to finish the rest. Make sure you start in the furthest corner of the room and work your way out. That way, you won't paint yourself into a corner. If you are painting the floor a dark color, you should invest in tinted primer to ensure the best coverage. If you are painting the floor a light color, be aware that it will show dirt very easily and need constant cleaning and touch-ups. Two coats of primer is sufficient. Follow the manufacturers directions for drying time.

Step 3- Paint

Now it is time to paint. Just like how you applied the primer, start with a brush around the edges and fill in with a paint roller. As another option, you can add decorative touches by painting patterns on the floor, or adding stenciling. This will give the floor the appearance of the decorative parquet floors that were introduced in the 17th century. Apply the first coat of paint, let it dry, and then apply a second coat of paint. Make sure that everything is covered well. If it isn't, add another coat of paint.

Step 4- Top Coat

Your floor will take a beating from being constantly walked on, so to protect your new painted parquet floor you need to cover it will several layers of Polyurethane top coat. The top coat can be applied much like the paint and primer, and you should do at least three coats to make sure that the paint is completely protected. As soon as the last layer of top coat is dry, you are finished.