Good Questions: Using Milk Paint On Stained Wood Floors

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While How To Paint Your Floors and Not Screw it Up has generated all sorts of helpful feedback, their have been even more questions about this topic. In an effort to get them answered, here is our question for the week.

I have unsealed wood floors that are stained a rather dark brown (in a rented apartment). I would like to lighten and brighten the room, and think painted floors would work better for me than a rug. Is there a way I can do this without moving out to allow smelly paint to dry?

I have been reading about milk paint. Will a light color cover the darker stain, or do I need to sand the floors (something else I do not want to do!) Can I use regular latex paint and some sort of sealer? Also, will any paint finish be impossible to remove, if the landlord wants to re-let the apartment?

Thanks for your help, Julie

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Maxwell left teaching in 2001 to start Apartment Therapy as a design business helping people to make their homes more beautiful, organized AND healthy. The website started up in 2004 with the help of his brother, Oliver.