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How to Paint Vinyl or Laminate Floors

How to Paint Vinyl or Laminate Floors

How to Paint Vinyl or Laminate Floors

I spent yesterday and today updating my master bath. We’d never finished the floating bathroom shelf after they started to sag. 🙁

When I do a do it yourself project that doesn’t turn out the way I’d hoped I usually leave it undone until I can find a solution. So after a whole year I finally reinforced the shelf and added a second shelf which I’ll share pictures of soon.

If you follow me on Instagram (<—— which you should so go ahead and get that out of the way) you will have already seen some sneak peaks.

DIY shelves

So after fixing and styling the shelves I thought I’d be content with the update but noooooo!

Having such great looking shelves only made the floor and baseboards look worse. We intend to get hardwood in the master bath in a dark maple but in the meantime I needed to do something to update this hideous floor.

I woke up this morning wondering if I could paint it so I googled it to see if anyone else had done it. I found a few people who had so I took the plunge.

painted floor 005

I had everything I needed on hand.

I used:

How to Paint Vinyl or Laminate Floors

What I Did:

  1. The first thing I did was sand the floor which took about 10 minutes.

  2. The next step was to clean the floor using the TSP and water. I cleaned once and rinsed 3 times.

  3. After thoroughly cleaning the floor I would have taped of the base boards but I am repainting those too so I didn’t worry about getting paint on them.

  4. Using the foam craft paint brushes I painted the entire perimeter of the room to about a 2 inch depth.

    In other words, your perimeter paint only has to be about 2 inches wide since you’ll fill in the rest of the floor paint with the roller.

  5. Next I poured some paint on the floor and started rolling in out with the large roller.

  6. After everything was covered I let it dry for 2 hours and applied a second coat.

I already had this cute rug I knew would look great in here. It has my wall paint color in it and I just love the pops of pink and red. It remind me of the colors in my garden so I knew they’d work well in here.

threshold rug

It took about an hour to apply both coats of paint and four hours of drying time. My floors were usable by mid afternoon. I plan to apply a coat of polyurethane once I’m done painting the base boards.

painted floor 008

I am so happy with the way the floors turned out and it also gives me an idea of how great the dark wood will look in here once it’s installed.

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19 thoughts on “How to Paint Vinyl or Laminate Floors

  1. I had some kid ask me if he could paint my street nuebmr on the curb. I agreed for $10. He actually got my whole street to do it. Looking up an address by looking at the curb is easier than looking for the nuebmrs on the house. Good luck.


  2. This is a good idea and a nice way to spruce up a floo tht is in good condition, but no longer a preferred appearance.


  3. What a great idea – we need to do that to our downstairs bathroom!


  4. What a fantastic idea, I never knew you could paint laminate, we have horrible laminate in our master bathroom that is outdated, I think I’ll try painting it!


  5. NYCSingleMom says:

    this is impressive, great DIY project and this would be helpful info in my previous apt.


  6. I would have never dreamed of painting the vinyl floor and it’s rather simple and inexpensive. Love this idea!


  7. Great how-to, and also, WOW, what a difference paint made on that floor!


  8. What did you mean by “a 2″ depth” you actually put 2″ of paint on? That’s what step 4 reads…


    Saidah @ AProverbsWife.com Reply:

    @Tami, oh…yes. Just paint around the perimeter of the room. I did about 2 inches wide then used the roller to fill in.


  9. This is so fantastic. I have never heard of painting vinyl flooring before.


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