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Tuesday, November 11, 2014

Painted Plywood Floors - Basketball Court - Border

I'll be using a wood graining tool, or 'rocker' to apply the gel stain, and I wanted to be able to have a starting point that wasn't right up against the baseboard.  I felt it would make the first planks look more authentic...plus, it's a basketball court...it needs an outer border anyway, right?

After much convincing, I was able to pursuade my daughter to let me put in a 4" border around the outside of the room.  Since she's a huge OKC Thunder fan, and the wall was already a darker 'Thunder Blue' and the court itself was going to be dark, it made sense to put down a light blue.  One that would compliment the other blue colors in her room.  In the end, we decided on this:

Admittedly, it went on VERY light, and I was afraid I had gone too far.  But as it dried, it blended really well with the existing wall color and more importantly, my daughter liked it.  Score!

So, moving forward, we taped off a 4" border around the room using a simple ruler and carpenter's edge.  The paint was pretty light compared to the brown base wood tone, so it took about 3 coats to finally get it to cover.

Here's our end-result:

Now that the border's done...time to move onto those planks.  Let's get this thing looking like a wood floor!

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