Before & After: Kim & Cara's Painted Plywood Floor

Before & After: Kim & Cara's Painted Plywood Floor

Aaron Able
Mar 29, 2011

Illustrator Kim Rosen is a talented artist. Though she is usually crafting illustrations for a range of high profile editorial and advertising clients, she and her partner ceramicist Cara Taylor recently took on a new form of illustration. They painted the patched plywood floor in an alcove corner of their bedroom…

After we ripped up an old carpet, we filled the holes and crevices in the plywood subfloor with wood filler. We then sanded — and sanded — until relatively smooth.
After two coats of primer, we painted two coats of Benjamin Moore Floor & Patio latex enamel in "Yellow Marigold". We used the same gray paint that we used on the walls of the room which is Benjamin Moore's "Amherst Gray" for the pattern.
I created an 8" x 8" pattern that our friend cut out of mylar with a laser cutter to create our stencils.
We still have the edges to complete and once we can open up all of the windows we will top the floor with a few coats of polyurethane.

Kim posted about their project on her blog: Kim Rosen | Patterns — I can't wait to see the 100% completed project!

You can see more of Kim's illustrations and portraiture at Kim Rosen and Cara's porcelain work at Cara Taylor Ceramics.

Thanks Kim & Cara!

Images: Kim Rosen | Patterns

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