This post will show you exactly how to paint old linoleum kitchen floors. You don’t have to spend a fortune nor do you have to live with ugly floors…let me show you how…
Those ugly old floors you’re so sick and tired of looking at? You know the ones I’m talking about.
They’re uglier than sin and make your eyes hurt every time you have to look at them.
I had those floors, too. But I completely overhauled them for LESS than $100.
Welcome to post number 3 of the big kitchen reveal!
*(click the link at the bottom of this post to see how these floors have held up!)*
When we moved into our home a little over a year ago, I knew I wouldn’t be able to live with the existing ugly kitchen floors for long before I had a come apart – I also knew paint would be my key to a pretty kitchen.
That was over a year ago. I lived with them longer than I thought I would. There were so many other things in this house that were worse than these floors, if you can believe that. Did I mention we got this house for a song? There’s always a reason you get a good deal on a house. 😉
A Little about the House
In our case, it was an outwardly gorgeous, three story 100 year old victorian….but she needed a LOT of work inside. Nothing structural, of course, but lots of nasty wallpaper had to come down, and glitter-painted walls needed a fresh coat of paint (you read that right…glitter. on the walls.) Other walls needed to be repaired and painted and we updated the entire second floor…and the dining room on the main floor. We’ve been busy, to say the least. But it’s coming along and I love the changes we’ve made so far. The last really big project on the list has been the kitchen.
If you’ve been around here for long, you know that we live on a tight budget so there was no wiggle room in our pocketbook for new flooring. However, I knew if I didn’t do *something* to these floors, I was going to go crazy. I couldn’t stand to look at them as they were any longer. And I’m pretty sure the floors were tired of the nasty looks I gave them every. time. I walked into the room. Something had to give. Below you can see the little breakfast area off of our kitchen (with all the furniture taken out)…
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What, you’re not surprised? Ha ha! Ok, you probably know by now that I can usually be found with a cup of coffee in one hand and a loaded paintbrush in the other. It’s what I do, and it makes me happy. 🙂
After the kitchen cabinet fiasco, I learned my lesson and asked around…and got a lot of different answers regarding what (or even if) I should use to paint old linoleum. But after doing some research, both in person and online, I decided to take a leap of faith and use a paint I had never heard of before.
It’s called “Rust Scat” (I know…nice name…”you couldn’t think of anything better than ‘scat’?”) But anyway…I digress.
Rust Scat, despite it’s weird name, is an amazing paint. A-MAZING. It’s a Waterborne Acrylic Enamel that provides “tenacious adhesion” and an easy to clean, semi gloss surface. I figured it would be my best bet for our kitchen floors with our busy family of six.
After going back and forth on what pattern I wanted on my floors only 1,726 times (ok, that may be a *slight* exaggeration), I finally decided on wide stripes. And – I know you might be shocked – but I actually did not paint my floors white. I went with a light grey (it’s quite light) and another grey two shades darker. Rust Scat didn’t come with the pretty pallet selection for all the colors it came in, so I had the store color match “Passive” and “Gray Matters” from Sherwin Williams.
Greys can be tricky, so if at all possible, get yourself one of these handy dandy color fan decks – it will help you see really quickly what undertones the greys carry. If you’re looking for a true grey, you certainly don’t want to get it home, get your room (or floors) painted only to realize your grey is actually quite purple or green or whatever…unless that’s what you’re going for, of course.
Prep for Paint
I had my husband and oldest son carry out all the kitchen furniture (breakfast table, two benches, free standing garbage unit and vintage buffet – no, we did not move the fridge or the stove and dishwasher). I swept and mopped the floors thoroughly, then sprayed on this recommended cleaner that the paint store guy swore by. He said to spray it on and leave it for 10 minutes, so I worked in sections and did just that. Once the 10 minutes were up, I used a scrubby pad like this one – not only to scrub any remaining dirt or debris off the floor, but to also lightly etch the floor, to help give this already-tenacious paint even more to grip onto.
After the cleaning solution and scrubbing was done, then I went over it again with a clean damp rag to get up any remaining solution. Prep work always seems to be the hardest and most tedious. None of this was done with a magical machine – all on my hand and knees, spraying, scrubbing, wiping and then going around after all that and taping off the woodwork with painters tape. Whew! I’m tired now. Where’s my coffee….I know I set it down somewhere…. ah. Here we go. Ok…..back to the floors. Are you still with me? 😉 On to the painting…
Time to paint old linoleum kitchen floors!
First, I quickly trimmed all the way around the room, using my favorite paintbrush.
Then started rolling. Goodbye, old, ugly linoleum!
Let this paint dry at at least 30 minutes – a couple hours is even better.
Painting the Lines
While this is obviously an optional step, it was one of my favorite parts. Our floor has a raised pattern imitating tiles, so taping off the lines just consisted of lining up this amazing tape along the edges of the “tiles”.
Here’s a great trick I learned from my Aunt Judy (she’s amazing). Once your tape is down, go over the inside edges of your tape using the same base color you just painted on your floor. This way, any seepage that might occur will happen with your base color instead of your darker stripe color. THEN go over it with your stripe color. That way when you remove your tape, you will have perfectly sharp lines, with NO wavy/messy edges.
If you’re more of a visual learner, I have a video on my Facebook page where I show you how I removed the tape and I explain it a little more.
Removing the Tape – Finished Paint Job Reveal
THIS might actually be my most favorite part! Lol!
Ok, fine – I loved it all -and the floors were WAY more fun than my cabinets. 🙂 Carefully remove all your tape (and if you used this tape, it shouldn’t pull up any of your hard work – no guarantees if you use the blue stuff).
Look at this transformation!! While I am under no illusion that this paint will hold up for 10+ years, I just need it to hold up for a few years until we can afford to replace the flooring. But until then, I am in love with my “new” kitchen floors!
There have already been heavy things dropped on it, mud tracked in from my four boys and a 100+ lb. dog walking on them and they’re holding up great so far! They mop up like a dream and even after some of the little ones’ watercolor paints spilled onto it, there is no trace of a stain or mar. This paint is amazing and I highly recommend it. (And no, this is NOT a sponsored post by the paint company – I’m just sharing this with you because I love it).
Is it cheap? No. It’s not cheap. (Though my paint guy was sweet and gave me $5 off per gallon – which was nice of him). But it’s a lot cheaper than replacing the floor completely. The paint dried incredibly fast, went on really well and so far, is holding up fantastically. I could have gotten away with one gallon if I hadn’t chosen to do stripes, but I love the stripes and am happy with my choice.
After painting our cabinets, the refrigerator, the dishwasher and now my kitchen floors, this doesn’t even look like the same room. And that was the goal. I couldn’t be more thrilled with the new look! Here’s a peek into our little breakfast nook off the kitchen –
I hope you’ve been inspired to tackle painting something that is bugging you. I’ve come to believe there really IS a paint for anything out there! So grab a paintbrush and paint something! You just might find a new passion for making ugly things beautiful…
Before you go, if you’re tired and frustrated with all the “budget” home ideas (that are way out of your real-life budget), let me tell you…I get it. I’ve been there, too. That’s why I wrote this for you…click here to get my free eBook, “Top 10 Ways to Save on Home Decor You’ll Love”.
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