This is a great scarf, but I couldn't get past the pattern not going in the same direction when it was complete. I made mine in two sections and connected them with a 3-4 inch panel of single crochet. It lays nice across the back of your neck and looks great in the front. It was big Christmas hit!
Painted wood floor: fill in any large gouges or scrapes, and sand the entire floor lightly. you can use nearly any paint on the floor, but if you're concerned about it rubbing off with traffic, talk to the people in the paint store/department. you can also get clear acrylic sealer to paint over the floor once it's dried and once cured, it'll protect the paint job.