How to Paint a Floor Medallion
A painted framed medallion can enhance the beauty of your hardwood. Here, a pro's technique for adding color to a floor without covering it up
When two types of flooring meet, a painted pattern can ease the transition. Here, an existing oak floor abuts an addition's heart-pine floor whose boards run perpendicular to the oak. An open cloverleaf, squared off and anchored by painted borders and solid circles at the center and in all four corners, softens the area's angles and echoes the curve of the arched passageway. In a longer rectangular space, a row of circles or smaller cloverleaf designs would work equally well.
Sand the Floor
Rough up the floor with 150-grit sandpaper. Measure the area to cover, and draw a pattern to scale on paper, adjusting proportions to make a cloverleaf in a square. The 5-foot square shown fits neatly in a 9-by-6-foot border. The center dot, 2 feet across, is framed by open "leaves" of similar size. Solid 10-inch circles ground the design in the four corners.