How to paint outdated linoleum floor

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. :)
See the full tutorial @ My Repurposed Life
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.

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4 questions
  • Janet chambers
    on Dec 19, 2015

    After the first coat of paint, can you sponge paint it with different colors?

    on Dec 24, 2015

    I also painted my linoleum. I ended up putting a coat of polyurethane over mine, but have noticed that you have to literally dry it to avoid water spots (it doesn't hurt anything, it's like your stainless sink fixtures where you can just see it). I'm curious how long the painted finish will last, or if any has been scratched, etc. I really want to know for the next time, cause now that paint is an option I'm sure to change my mind...often.

    • Gail--My Repurposed Life
      on Dec 27, 2015 It's been five years, and I do have a large scratch that just happened a couple of months ago when my electricity went out and I had to move the fridge by myself. Other than that, it's in really good shape except for some paint splatters on it from other projects. Paint on paint is difficult to remove. ;) I think I'll be repainting it in the next few months, but still won't seal it with poly.

      on Dec 27, 2015

      @Gail--My Repurposed Life hhmmm. I have three kids and I can't help but think mine would be scratched a lot more! Plus I move the fridge and stove about every three or four months to clean (Yes, we tend to make crazy messes). Maybe when my kids are grown...but man that's so much easier...and easier to change your mind, too! Thanks for taking the time to respond...I really think this is a conversation I need to have out loud with myself!

    • Margie Hood
      on Oct 26, 2019

      soooo does it scratch?? like where you can see the original you have to keep touching it up?? I love how yours turned out..Im thinking about the big tan and black diamond shapes you see painted on wood floors in alot of those primitive kitchens...thank you so much for sharing..every one else does those itty bitty little stencils and I know I would have every hair in my head tore out if I even attempted to do something like that ..and just way too busy for a floor in my opinion..but for a bathroom I do love the black and white penny tiles...

  • Jud7502183
    on Aug 2, 2016

    Did you use one or two coats of paint?

  • Leighann
    on Aug 2, 2017

    What kind of paint do i use indoor or outdoor and do i need to get water based or oil..And will i need to put a clear coat on it after i am done with all the paint

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  • Christie
    on Oct 14, 2015

    thank you so much for sharing. this is defiantly something I will try in the future. It is beautiful.

    • Gail--My Repurposed Life
      on Oct 14, 2015

      @Christie yay! happy you liked it. I'm tiring of the floor.... I think it might be time for a change. :) It's just paint!

  • Janet chambers
    on Dec 22, 2015

    Thanks! I just bought an old house with a very small kitchen. It has the same flooring in the kitchen, bath, hall and laundry and I can't afford to replace it all. I didn't know you could paint it. Great! Thank You!

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