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I wouldn't paint your hardwood. I'd sand it down and refinish it. But that's me. Most people who paint wood floors do so because they're a porch, for example, or stairs.

Once, a long, long time ago, I painted a bedroom's maple floors peach. But first I used TSP to rough up the surface a little, applied two coats of peach enamel, and three coats of poly over it. Even then, sometimes moving a chair or wearing high heels could leave a nick in the floor. However, generally floor paints hold up much better.

If your floors are relatively level, you could rent a flat floor sander that doesn't allow gouges and try sanding the floor with that. If it's a small space, even a hand-held orbital sander will work -- but you'll run through a lot of sandpaper and be on your knees a lot -- been there and done that.

Once you get the floor sanded to its original wood, then you'll need to use tack clothes to clean up the excess dust before applying poly. I prefer 3 to 4 coats, but that's just a personal preference. If you buy oil-based poly, you'll like get an amber hue so you won't even have to stain it first.

elizabeth
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