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03/02/2011 07:09:41 PM · #1
Hi guys,

I have recently been setting up a studio above a shop, plaster boarding walls and getting them painted up white.
We have in the room, light beech laminate flooring, this will not photograph well.
Without making any permanent changes to the flooring, what would be the norm to covering it with a nice white photogenic floor?
I was thinking some sort of white vinyl or paper roll maybe? It just needs to be cost effective and semi permanent.

Thanks!

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03/03/2011 09:05:51 AM · #2
Maybe a couple of sheets of white tile board will meet your need. Check out this old tutorial <LINK DELETED> from Zack Arias about using it. I've adopted his technique and it works very well.

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03/03/2011 09:08:49 AM · #3
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03/03/2011 09:15:36 AM · #4
OUCH. Sorry about the bad link, it didn't cause any problems for me. Hope not for you also.

As for the walnut, I had dark walnut floors in my last home, and although they were gorgeous floors they also scratched very easily, just fyi.
03/03/2011 09:18:37 AM · #5
We went with the cheapest vinyl flooring roll we could find. Put it down UPSIDE DOWN. Then painted that backside (now the topside) white.

The best paint we ever found for this was from Shooting Gallery Backgrounds. Prior to using this, we were re-painting every 2 weeks. This stuff lasts for months.
03/03/2011 09:30:31 AM · #6
Thanks shanksware for that info. I am also getting ready to finish a studio, the carpenter starts next week actually, and I have been wanting to use black paint on the concrete floor. That stuff you recommend also comes in black so I may give it a try. I hope it will be more like permanent though instead of needing to be redone in months... what do you think?

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Studio (Before) by rtru, on Flickr

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03/03/2011 11:35:43 AM · #7
Why not just use a floating laminate floor over the beech laminate? When you depart, just uninstall it and the light beech is back.

As for the concrete floor, I recommend an epoxy floor paint, the kind used for garage floors. It's pretty much a one time application. My dad has had it in his garage for several years and it looks as good now as it did when it was first done. I used a similar product in my basement and it hasn't needed any attention for 10+ years. It comes in a wide variety of colors and you can add any of a variety of textures in areas where traction might be an issue.

03/04/2011 11:30:19 AM · #8
Originally posted by nova:

Thanks shanksware for that info. I am also getting ready to finish a studio, the carpenter starts next week actually, and I have been wanting to use black paint on the concrete floor. That stuff you recommend also comes in black so I may give it a try. I hope it will be more like permanent though instead of needing to be redone in months... what do you think?


Actually, I just checked and it has been over a year since I lasted repainted. My how time flies.

I guess it all depends on what kind of foot traffic you have on the floor.
We end up with a lot of kids. Shoe scuffs scrub off easily, but when you scrub a floor enough times a week for enough weeks, nothing will last forever.

I would think that a black floor wouldn't show scuffs so easily and would hold up quite well.
03/04/2011 12:10:48 PM · #9
Hey well thanks for checking back, that sounds like what I need. Construction starts next Wednesday so perfect timing. Pardon me Tom (op) for the hijack. Consider it as bumps, maybe? Best of luck with your new studio too. -Ray
06/22/2011 11:19:07 PM · #10
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My studio project is about completed, and I'm posting to show how the Tuff Black paint worked out on my concrete floor. I put down two coats, and it looks tons better than the product I purchased two years ago from one of the big box home improvement stores. Highly recommended.
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