OK, I've never actually hired a decorator, but I've read a lot of books and watched a lot of TV shows. And one piece wisdom that keeps being repeated is that painting a floor is the option of last resort. It's what you do when you can't afford anything better.
And why do they say it's such a bad option? Because it doesn't last. That the finish is fragile and won't stand up over time and, for Pete sake, if you're going to go to all that trouble at least make sure that you put multiple layers of varnish over top the paint to give it a fighting chance to last the week.
Well, I'm here to tell you, this just ain't so!
Remember this floor? I painted it at my side door - the main entryway to our apartment - a couple of months ago. I meant to varnish it right away, but, as sometimes happens, life got in the way and I haven't gotten back to it (am I the only one who gets distracted like this?).
So it's been walked on, had slushy boots deposited on it and been subjected to quite a bit of wear and tear.
I washed it today. Not a scratch! It looks just as good as the day I finished it.
I will, eventually put a couple of coats of varnish on it, to make it easier to wash, but any of you wondering how long a painted floor will last? Till you get good and sick of it, is my estimate!