I was at my friend's house Saturday for a home party and I had brought my camera along since I had heard she had some trash to treasure gems. I wasn't disappointed! This bathroom floor is painted over linoleum. Vergene primed it and then she and her friend Maureen painted it to look like stones. Then they sealed it well with a poly coat. Believe it or not, it has held up well to use. See instructions below to paint your floor; it can save you a lot of money!
How to paint a linoleum floor:
- Wash the floor with ammonia to remove any residue or build-up of old wax. If it has a lot of waxy layers, wash it multiple times. Rise with plain water and let dry thoroughly.
- Prime floor with a primer such as Bulls-Eye 1-2-3 primer by Zinsser, or Kilz
- For the paint layer, choose something with high durability. There are floor paints but there are some acrylic paints with high durability that would work as well.
- There are many possibilities for faux finishes as well. In Vergene's bathroom, she painted the background a solid color and then painted "stones" over the top.
- Once you have the floor looking as you'd like, let it dry well. Then, top coat with a clear acrylic polyurethane. Let it dry according to the manufacturers directions and then coat again. Repeat process several times to get a good seal on the floor.
- It will take a few days for the paint to cure, so don't do anything that would scratch it during that time.