How to Paint Vinyl Floors {Yes, YOU CAN DO THAT!}

Pin on PinterestShare on FacebookTweet about this on TwitterShare on Google+Share on StumbleUponShare on RedditBuffer this page

So you want to learn how to paint vinyl floors, huh?!  Welcome!  I am here to teach you!

Many of you have already checked out my $71.00 laundry room DIY renovation.  One of my favorite parts of my laundry room renovation is the painted linoleum vinyl floor.  UPDATE: It was recently pointed out to me on Pinterest {rather rudely} that linoleum is different than vinyl.  I googled it and in fact, that is true.  But, Google also informed me that even flooring stores use the terms interchangeably.  In any event, technically, my floors are VINYL.   My painted VINYL floors are are gorgeous and are holding up beautifully.
AWESOME!  Learn how to paint vinyl floors with this full tutorial.  #paintvinylfloors #paintedfloors
AWESOME!  Learn how to paint vinyl floors with this full tutorial.  #paintvinylfloors #paintedfloors
Now, let’s review what the floor looked like BEFORE I painted it.  Ummm…yuck.
AWESOME!  Learn how to paint vinyl floors with this full tutorial.  #paintvinylfloors #paintedfloors
It was such a tragic brick pattern and was linoleum vinyl.  Not my cup of tea.  But, I did not want to spend much money on the floor.  I had seen the laundry room makeover by Kelly at A View Along the Way and fell in love with it.  She had painted her linoleum vinyl floors and they turned out beautifully, so I gave it a shot.   This post contains some affiliate links.  Click here to read my full disclosure policy.

How to paint vinyl floors:

1) Select the pattern and colors to use- I opted for a striped pattern, much like Kelly used.  Instead of going with deep black and stark white, I wanted a softer look, so I used an antique white and charcoal grey.  I purchased 1 quart of each color in Valspar at Lowe’s.  Be SURE to purchase porch floor paint, like Valspar 1534 Porch and Floor Latex Satin Enamel, 1-Gallon, Dark Gray.  It is durable and is intended for foot traffic.

2) Clear and clean the floor area- I was lucky that our laundry room was large enough to scoot the washer and dryer in and out of position to paint the floor underneath it.  But, if you are not so lucky, you will have to move those bad boys somewhere else for a few days.  After you clear the floor, you need to clean the floor.  Make sure it is clear of dust and dirt.  Some people recommend using TSP (a heavy duty cleaner), but I did not have any on hand, so I used my normal floor cleaner (I use Mrs. Meyer’s).

3) Prime the floor- I used regular old KILZ General Purpose Interior Primer to prime the entire floor.  I poured the primer directly on the floor and used a small paint roller to spread it.  I only used one coat of primer and that worked just fine.  I did it around 9pm one night and let it dry overnight.

AWESOME!  Learn how to paint vinyl floors with this full tutorial.  #paintvinylfloors #paintedfloors

4) Paint the floor- This steps has several “sub-steps”:

  • After letting the primer dry overnight, I painted the entire floor with the antique white color, which I considered my “base” color, twice.  That’s right, two coats.  Fortunately, this paint dries pretty quickly, but I did use a large box fan to speed the process along.  I was able to get these two coats done in one day.  Then, I let the base color dry overnight.  I am not going to lie, this was kind of a messy project.  Be prepared to scrub your feet :)

AWESOME!  Learn how to paint vinyl floors with this full tutorial.  #paintvinylfloors #paintedfloors

  • The following night, I taped off my stripes using regular blue painter’s tape.  I used the existing brick pattern to determine the width of my stripes, which eliminated the need to measure first.  Note that my floor had some definite texture to it, so I knew bleeding would happen, but I just rolled with it.  I knew it would be an easy fix later.  However, if you absolutely want to avoid bleeding, follow this step: After taping your floors, add one more coat of your base color over the entire floor–paint OVER the tape.  That will seal the crisp lines and prevent any bleeding.  Trust me, it works on textured surfaces.

AWESOME!  Learn how to paint vinyl floors with this full tutorial.  #paintvinylfloors #paintedfloors

  • Next, I painted the stripes with my secondary color–dark grey.  I also painted two coats with the charcoal grey color.  I let the first coat dry overnight {mostly because it was late} and completed the second coat the next night.

AWESOME!  Learn how to paint vinyl floors with this full tutorial.  #paintvinylfloors #paintedfloors

  • Once your stripes are dry, remove the tape.  If you have some bleeding, do not panic.  Just grab an angled paint brush and use it to “cut in” along the stripes to make them nice and crisp.  It sounds tedious, but this step took me less than 15 minutes.

That’s it!  It sounds like a lot of steps {and it is}, but each step takes no more than 10 to 20 minutes.  I found painting my floor moved FAR more quickly than painting walls.  I think all of the steps combined took me less than 2 hours {excluding drying time}.  In other words, it was easy to knock out in the evenings after work without being too exhausted the next day.

The end result is G.O.R.G.E.O.U.S!  MOST WORTHWHILE 2 HOURS OF MY DIY LIFE!  I absolutely love, love, love this floor.  It has been painted for about 2 months already and it is holding up perfectly.  We have not “babied” it at all.  We are as rough on it as we have ever been–laundry baskets get scooted across it, etc. and there is no damage or scratching whatsoever.

What do you think?  Are you tempted to paint vinyl floors now?!  Have you already painted a vinyl floor?  If you do tackle this project {or have already}, send me photos of the results to tasha{at}designer trapped{dot}com–I would love to see!  And if you enjoyed this post, you may also love to see how I painted and stenciled our kitchen floors with awesome results!

If you want to save this tutorial for later, be sure to pin it!

AWESOME!  Learn how to paint vinyl floors with this full tutorial.  #paintvinylfloors #paintedfloors


AWESOME!  Learn how to paint vinyl floors with this full tutorial.  #paintvinylfloors #paintedfloors


  1. Laurie Boston says

    I am wondering if you sealed the floor? I just painted my bathroom floor with the same paint you used, and yet it has practically no sheen. Did you use a sealer on top?
    Your floor looks great.

  2. Andrea says

    Would love to do this to a floor in my house. Just wondering, how are the floors a few years later? Any upkeep or maintenance required?
    Would love any info :)

    • says

      Hi Andrea! The floors are holding up perfectly EXCEPT for where we had to have our water heater replaced. It was super heavy and it had to be dragged out of place, so that pulled up some of the paint, but it will be easy to touch up. But, it is holding up perfectly to normal use!

  3. andrea says

    Love this idea! I have an ugly linoleum (vinyl?) floor in my house that I would love to paint as a temporary fix until we redo the room later down the road.

    Just wondering, how is the floor holding up a few years later? Any touch ups or additional care needed?

    Would love an update! Thanks so much :)

  4. Sherrie says

    How long ago did you do this? Has enough time passed that you can say it definitely holds up over time? I love the idea. I have loads of vinyl squares that my husband wants to use but i don’t like the color. This would be a great option but its a high traffic area (kitchen) and I wouldn’t want to have a major job down the road redoing it all.

    • says

      Hi Sherrie! We painted the floors in October, 2013 and they are holding up fabulously. We also painted the floors in our kitchen with the same type of paint and they are also holding up perfectly, even in the face of HEAVY family use! Hope that helps!

  5. Kim says

    I never thought of using paint to cover the UGLY flooring in my laundry room. I plan to move soon and know I can save money by painting it! Thank you!!

  6. Sherrie says

    Just wondering – I love the new look and I understand that it is porch paint – but would it stand up well to an entry way to the outside? My kitchen floor runs to my back door which is heavily used in winter with ice and snow being dragged in under wet boots that may sit on the painted floor.

    Thanks! :)

    • says

      Thanks, Sherrie! I think it would hold up just fine in an entry way. We come into our kitchen (which is painted with the same porch and floor paint) from outside regularly and the floor gets a ton of use and abuse from our busy family. It is holding up PERFECTLY. Hope that helps!

  7. says

    I rent a condo and have really ugly vinyl floors in the bathroom, kitchen and entry way. I never thought about this, but maybe I can alter a little for removable flooring. Thank you so much!

  8. says

    hi there i have just bought a vintage caravan and i cant find any floral /shabby lino to suit the caravan. im thinking i could get a pale blue line, decoupage some big floral blooms then coat them in some sort of clear resin/paint to seel them .. do you think this might work and can you recomend a suitable coating which could be hoof proof! thanks for any help


Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

You may use these HTML tags and attributes: <a href="" title=""> <abbr title=""> <acronym title=""> <b> <blockquote cite=""> <cite> <code> <del datetime=""> <em> <i> <q cite=""> <strike> <strong>