New Floors Again {Tutorial}

It was on Pinterest when I first discovered the remedy for removing old paint from my hardwood floors.  It was two nights ago when I realized that this little remedy actually worked.  I mean, for real.  I know I should have removed the paint when it first happened, but I was so engrossed in actually painting, that I didn't.  Then daddy told me to use paint thinner and I was hesitant because it would work too well.  Literally.  It would also remove the shellac from the floors.  So I waited.  And waited.  And finally someone pinned something or I was searching for something (not sure how the story goes at this point), but just know miracles happen.

In about an hour, I was able to remove all the old, dried paint and primer that had splattered on my floor almost a year ago.  Yep, that long.  The primer was made by Kilz so imagine my surprise when even that came off.

So what did I use?  Rubbing alcohol and two paper towels.  That is it!

Thanks to this blog post, I have now been enlightened!

I didn't have a full bottle of the regular rubbing alcohol, so I used what I had and finished up with the green kind with Epsom salt mixed in (it's for achy joints and what not and it worked just as well).

This is a run-down of how it all happened:

(Imagine splatters in many places over this floor.  The photo below is only one area.)


Now, ladies and gentlemen, we have no excuse for not getting the paint off the floor.  Thank goodness!

p.s.  Since the floors are done, that means a craft room reveal is coming really, really soon.  Don't miss it!

Happy Crafting,

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  1. How clever! I'll have to keep this tip in mind. Cleaning up paint messes is never an easy task!

  2. I would have freaked out getting paint on my wood floor. I'm going to have to try this on the dining table when Miss B gets paint on there from one of her creations. :)

  3. Wow! That is amazing! Seems pretty simple too, love that.

  4. I will need to try that! Our hardwood floors were covered in nasty carpet when we bought the home. We have sanded and refinished most of the floor, but in 2 of the bedroom we just recently took the carpet off...well, someone had splattered some paint...not a big deal, but definitely will need to try this one

  5. Well, thanks for sharing!! Although I stal-- follow you on Pinterest I missed this tip. There are some tiny-but-bothering dots of paint on my brand new wooden floors from renovation last year and I couldn't figure out how to remove them. Now enough chatting, off to grab some rubbing alcohol and paper towels...

  6. What a great tip! thanks for sharing~ You had inquired about the attachment for my kitchen aid that i used for applesauce...i have no idea the name nor do i know if it can still be purchased. my mom found it at a garage sale in a unmarked box with no instruction. she knew it was for a kitchen aid and for $1.00, she took a chance that i would be able to make use of it. i do know that you can buy a attachment that you need only to quarter the apples & cook til tender. you run the apples through & it removes the cores, seeds & peels. if you do any kind of sauces, it's a time saver & worth the investment~ hope the first weeks of school have been good for you~



  7. Oh my goodness. This was awesome. Just painted my daughters room and when we lifted the drop clothes, paint had seeped thru to the hardwood. I had no idea what to do so I searched Pinterest and found your tip. Took some elbow grease, but I got all the paint off the floor. I should have taken before and afters cause there was a lot of smears. This is a most awesome tip!

    1. Jess, I'm glad this tutorial worked for you as well. It has truly been a lifesaver for me, not just in my craft room, but in other spaces around my home as well! Pinterest is an amazing search engine. :-)


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