Checkerboard floors evoke a simpler time - warm summer days, the sun at your back, sipping iced tea and the softness of worn jeans. They're genteel and charming - and evoke memories of family gatherings, starry skies, and crickets chirping as the sun sinks into the horizon.
To create a timeless space your family can enjoy for now – and for years to come – use Benjamin Moore Floor and Porch paint, a reinforced finish that is designed just for floors.
How to Paint a Checkerboard Floor:
- Prepare the wood by washing it with a TSP (trisodium phosphate) and water solution. Rinse thoroughly and allow to dry completely.
- Sand lightly with fine sandpaper and use a tack cloth to wipe the wood free of dust.
- Prime and paint two coats of the lighter of the two colors over the entire porch floor. Allow to dry completely.
- Using a chalk line, snap a line lengthwise down the center of the porch. Center your measurements and your pattern on this line.
- Mark 1-foot intervals across the width and along the sides of the porch. Use the chalk line to snap lines between them, creating a diamond pattern (see photo above). Note: Unless you want a busy effect, keep the diamonds fairly large. We used 1-foot squares.
- Tape off the outside edges of every other row of diamonds across the porch.
- When painting a checkerboard floor, apply two coats of the second color inside those diamonds. Remove the painter's tape while the paint is still wet.
- Trisodium phosphate (TSP)
- Fine sandpaper
- Tack cloth
- Chalk line
- Low-tack painter's tape
- Benjamin Moore Floor & Patio Finish
- White (01)
- Showroom White
Tips for Painting a Checkerboard Floor
- To create a more non-slip surface, add a small handful of clean, fine granular sand to each gallon of floor paint.
- For a classic look, keep the colors close in tone.