72 yrs old and small budget - Does painting linoleum really work

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  • Linda Sikut Linda Sikut on Apr 27, 2018
    Hi 5fink612,
    Hometalk has had many people post projects where they paint their linoleum. The key is preparation and multiple coats of sealer when you're done. If it's a high traffic area it also helps to add a fresh coat of sealer every year or two. Click below and scroll through the pictures to find one you'd like to try. Click on the picture to see the project. Use your back button to go back to the full list. Wishing you the best.

  • Seethebeauty Seethebeauty on Apr 27, 2018
    May I suggest installing your own new flooring on top of the old linoleum? I am guessing paint and sealer and tools can easily run around 100 all in and flooring is around 50 a box. I know your budget is small, but I found it to be extremely cheap to do my own floors in comparison to what a contractor would have charged...and youtube videos did the trick! It's just a suggestion knowing you probably already thought that idea through already. :)

    • Sherry Sherry on Apr 28, 2018
      Might be more cost effective with flooring, so I am thinking you may be right. I am so appreciative of your response

  • Chubby58 Chubby58 on Apr 27, 2018
    If you have a habitat restore in your area, they sell boxes of peel and stick vinyl floor tile. You can put it right over what you have.

    • Sherry Sherry on Apr 28, 2018
      What a great Idea! Gonna look into it. Thank you so very much.

  • DesertRose DesertRose on Apr 27, 2018
    It will work and look beautiful for a year or two, but it is a temporary fix. You really need to have someone help you lay more linoleum if you can. I guess you could paint it every 2 yrs.

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    • DesertRose DesertRose on Apr 28, 2018
      My folks installed their own with the tile squares that have paper on the back, you peel and stick them on. As old as they were, they did their own, but maybe even that might be cheaper for you to have installed, just an idea. Theirs looked great (professional) for over 15 yrs!

  • Emily Emily on Apr 28, 2018
    Au contraire! My back hall linoleum has been painted almost 40 years and it is our main entrance to our house. I did repaint it just a year or two ago, but it is very stable.

    • Sherry Sherry on Apr 28, 2018
      Thanks for your reply and honesty. At my age if I could get 5 years out of it I would be delighted! So appreciate your response.

  • Emily Emily on Apr 28, 2018
    Now this is separate tiles and I don't know their composition as they were down when we moved in in 1971. This is the original paint I used and it could well be oil paint as I used that back in the day! There is a toilet behind the louvered door and the paint does get worn, just where the feet go. But that is just a touch up. We also use mats at the door and at the doorway into main part of house. We have lots of painted floors.

  • Seethebeauty Seethebeauty on Apr 30, 2018
    Oh, yes! I've done two rooms so far and once you buy the tools, you have them for every project!

  • Sally Frazier Sally Frazier on May 01, 2018
    Yes, because i have done this. The problem is, there is a lot of prep work if you want the paint to adhere. I hand sanded the entire floor, used a heavy duty degreaser on it to clean, then when over it again with metal wire scrubbys to etch the floor, Finally clean and make lint free. And of course you have to have the right paint. Some people use chalk paint which i disagree with if you want the floor to last. I used a product called Rust-scat, made by the Coranado paint company, which grabbed onto the linoleum immediately. Again, this is a lot of work and the prep work is the main part. After i painted the floor( one coat) I used a high quality sealer and gave the floor two coats of seal. So far, the floor has held up great. I can recommend where and how to buy the paint if you want. I did a lot of research on this before i even attempted it.

  • Seethebeauty Seethebeauty on May 04, 2018
    I would love to see an after photo!