How to paint outdated linoleum floor

DIY house ideas 10.21.15

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Last week I showed my oak cabinets that I painted white. Several people remarked about not painting wood. I hope no one has objections to me painting linoleum. :)

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  • Kitchen Floor BEFORE-I've had this floor for almost 20 years. It was not in my budget to replace it. I had seen people paint their wood floors, so I decided to try to paint my vinyl/linoleum floor.
  • Before painting with primer--I mopped the floor with a little dish soap, Mr. Clean and warm water. I rinsed the floor until the water was clean and soap free. This took about 6 moppings. After the floor dried, I wiped it down with TSP (Trisodium phosphate). The TSP helps to clean, degrease, and dull the finish of the floor. I used a latex "oops" gray primer.
  • I have 2 cats and a dog. I used my leaf blower to make sure there were no stray hairs flying around.
  • To get a good feel for the pattern I used newspapers.
  • I got busy with some painter's tape and started painting my squares.
  • I used Mythic paint. It went on really well, and 18 months later, is holding up fantastic. I don't like shiny floors-I chose the original floor for THAT reason. It was dull. I chose a satin paint, and decided not to seal the paint.
  • I love how it turned out, but honestly, now that I have black countertops (that I painted) I'm thinking about changing out the blue squares.... You can see the full tutorial over at My Repurposed Life
  • UPDATED to add. I have changed out the blue squares for dark gray squares. See more details on the blog.
  • Kendra Loftus
    Kendra Loftus Rigby, ID
    The 50's called me and they want their floor back. That is the last step for me to finish in my kitchen. I love what you have done to your floor and I am seriously considering painting my floor instead of trying to tear up 4 different layers of linoleum :)
  • Lisa@ Sweet Tea N' Salty Air
    Looks so very nice, couldn't be better if you put in a new floor!
  • Lynne
    Lynne Detroit, MI
    love the floor, i am standing on a old floor that needs that paint..where did you buy the paint, and is it a special type..thanks for post
  • Penny
    Penny Utica, NY
    it is absolutely perfect!! i did that yrs ago, but to a wood floor in a hallway....i have to say, it was not only fun to do, but it gave me a new floor!!! but, unlike you, i luv a shiny, all i did was put a coat of wax on it and it was good to
  • Christie
    Christie Marysville, WA
    thank you so much for sharing. this is defiantly something I will try in the future. It is beautiful.
Gail--My Repurposed Life

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