If your floorboards are looking like they've seen better days, don't worry – a simple way to get around this is to paint them! We have a few tips to set you on your way
1. Start by emptying the room - otherwise, it will be tricky to work around everything. Seal the cracks with a specialist wood filler and, if necessary, have damaged boards removed and replaced. Make sure the floor is even and the boards are secure.
2. Sand down the floor before painting, regardless of whether the boards have already been varnished, painted or are bare. Consider hiring a disc sander if it's a large space to cover, or alternatively, do it with a hand sander. Depending on the floor's condition and finish, sanding could be a very time-consuming process, so it could be worth bringing in the experts.
3. Once they have been sanded, vacuum the dust away and give the floor a clean, before leaving it to completely dry. Most floor paints require a specialist primer, so follow the instructions you find on the tin. Once they have been primed, paint the floor with a brush or roller, letting it dry between coats. Don't walk on it for at least 24 hours, and be sure to leave it for a bit longer before you start moving the furniture back in.
Feature and styling by Cassie Pryce / photo by Simon Whitmore