Our house has no foundation (as in no concrete type of foundation) and its settling into the ground which is causing the floor boards to warp and distort. There was also some problems with the roof leaking, which also added to the floor becoming warped. As you can see from the pictures, there are cracks and crevices along the floor boards and underneath our cabinets. The cabinets were installed on top of a layer of flooring that was eventually ripped out by a previous tenant. My boyfriend is going to cut and clean up as much of that top layer of flooring as much as possible to make it look a little neater and I planned on using caulking to fill in the gaps along the bottom of the cabinets.
I also wanted to use the caulking to fill in the cracks in the floor boards and along the walls. Keep in mind that these are only temporary fixes. I'm well aware that what the floors really need is to be ripped out and replaced but we can't afford to do that right now and I'm simply trying to make our kitchen look as nice as possible. The previous tenants had painted the kitchen floors so people could walk bare-foot across them and thats basically what I'm tryin to do as well... so here are my questions:
1. Aside from scrubbing down the floors and sanding the areas where we applied the caulking, is there any other prep work we should also do? Example... will we need to sand the entire kitchen floor before painting?
2. Because the floors had been painted before, will we need to use primer before we paint in order to get the color we choose for the floor?
3. Whats the best paint to use for this kind of project? I've seen advertisements on TV for a paint used on decks and porches that's supposed to help fill in smalls cracks and seal in any splinters or rough patches of wood... I think its a Behr paint but I'm not sure. I want to be able to choose the color of the paint (a dark grey) rather than have to purchase a color similar to wood.
Any advice and suggestions will be welcomed
As I said before, I'm well aware that the floors need to be replaced - they're pretty rough, I know - but until we can afford to replace them, I just want to make our home look as nice as possible. Thank you