Fresh Coat of Kilz All Over the Floor

After removing all carpet staples from the ground, we swept nails, tack strip pieces, and staples with a broom.  Then we went over the floors with the shop vac a second time.  After that was done, we rolled Killz all over the floor.  Basically, I wanted to seal off whatever floor was underneath the carpet.  I hope that it will trap the odors into the ground and provide at least a cleaner surface to work off of when putting the flooring in.

Materials used:

  • Kilz 2 gallon tub – used the whole tub to cover all closets, floors up to the kitchen and laundry.  I estimate that to be 700-800 square feet.
  • Edge brush (for 1 person)
  • Rollers (for 2 people)


  • Ventilate
  • Wear a respirator mask
  • Keep the thermostat above 50 degrees.  Paints and primers dry in warm air.  Cold air makes it difficult to cure.
  • Start from the furthest room/area of the house and work towards your exit doors so you don’t have to walk over what you painted.
  • In each room, start with edging the closet floors first and then move out into the room
  • Edge the perimeter and a helper can come in with a roller to get the rest.

Now the whole house is carpet free and the floors are white.  The next step I should probably take is to paint the walls.  That way, people can have at it without worrying about spilling over new floor laminate.  I personally hate choosing paint colors because even if I know what color I want, there are so many shades of it!  Then, if I pick 5-6 shades that look close to what I’m looking for, those colors start to look weird compared against each other!  Cleaning and then priming took from 6 pm until 9 pm with three people.

Fun Tip:

  • Form a massage chain with everyone who helped.  Get the knots out from your hard day of bending over and pulling things out of the ground.

Since tomorrow is Christmas Eve, we are going to take a break for a couple days.  We won’t be back to the house until after Christmas.  I have until December 28th to use a 10% off Home Depot coupon to buy the flooring.  Merry Christmas, Happy Holidays!


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