I'd say it's much closer to dark pumpkin. It's definitely much more orange than I had anticipated.
This was my original colour match (Florence Brown):
I guess the gloss makes quite a difference? I actually haven't found the colour swatch to compare the two.
As for coverage, I was told I could probably do just one coat, but as I pointed out in my blog post, there are many areas where the paint drips, patched repairs, and crack filler show through the paint. The second coat (undiluted) should cover up the rest.
The paint is also an oil based floor paint and has a "lifetime warranty" on it, so it should be very durable. I am thinking, however, that maybe I could cut down the gloss by varnishing over it with a satin poly? I'd have to check for compatibility first.
Absolutely. The higher the gloss, the longer it will last, and the easier it will repel dust, dirt, and water. It's the same for varnishes. This is why no one would ever use a matte paint in a kitchen for example. The paint is so chalky that any grease or dirt would stick to it, and it would be very hard to clean.
In my case, I had to use an oil paint, and they literally only had high gloss (for floor paint), or a flat/matte (terrible idea).
The floor is now dry, and walking on it, it's actually a bit slippery, and bare feet, it has that squeaky/rubbery feel. I'm confident that this paint will be quite durable. I'll just have to be careful not to drag anything heavy over it, or scratch it (which is the same for any kind of varnished or painted floor, really).
Thanks for the compliments. I've literally put HOURS of blood, sweat, and tears into this floor.
I do find it too orange/red compared to my original sample, but I'll live with it.
Good job. Great color; it's convincingly wood-ish. We did this one house that had all the floors painted black, been that way from the 30's onward, showed every speck and footprint. I suspect your color will be less of a problem in that regard. Casey
Unfortunately, after just a few days, the high gloss does show the dust and prints (if my feet/sandals are dirty). But I didn't have much choice in the finish (either high gloss or flat) if I wanted a durable oil floor paint.
The colour was matched as close as possible to the "original" colour (although the previous colour before this was a canary yellow).
Amazing work - love the before/after juxtapositions - I looked at this thread a while ago but forgot to comment. I check on your blog a couple times a month looking for updates. I love your choice of colours for the walls/trim.
I must admit I'm not a fan of the glossy finish on the painted floors, but I understand your compromise for durability. My pine floors which got painted were done in either a flat brown (very close to yours) or a flat yellow, and were not sealed over so the paint scratched or flaked off. The floors in my house didn't have much continuity throughout the rooms - it just seems like a random mishmash of finishes. Made no sense to me??
I was sure I had posted some photos of the room with furniture in it, but apparently I didn't.
Before moving-in all my dressers, I took a bit of time to clean them up a bit, and go over some of the light scratches with some walnut stain. I truly adore this set of dressers, and they look perfectly at home in this room. I was also overjoyed to be able to put a few of my clocks on display.
The chairs are there temporarily (since they're otherwise in the way elsewhere).
I still need to build a matching bed (probably a 4 poster), and find/make another night table. I also want to hang some art on this side of the room.
I also really need to make some curtains soon. I've just been hanging old sheets and 2 old brown curtains by wedging them in the upper window sashes. Not very sexy. I really like this IKEA fabric:
Whatever I choose, the curtains will be Roman shades similar to these: