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Gorgeous But Cheap Flooring Ideas

May 28, 2021

Need to update your outdated floor on a tight budget? These cheap flooring ideas are budget-friendly, but high on style. Check out these affordable ways to update old tile, wood, vinyl and linoleum floors. 

Y'all, we all know what one of the most expensive things to makeover in your home is your floors. Many of us have been left wondering if there even such a thing as cheap (as in inexpensive, not as in unattractive, lol) flooring ideas. Hardwood, tile, laminate hardwood…there are lots of choices, and most come with a seriously hefty price tag.

When we moved into our old house, all of our floors needed a completeoverhaul. I have ALWAYS loved hardwood, but it was completely out of our price range. So we went with laminate, and we couldn't be happier. Read about that here in our downstairs and upstairs. We could have installed new laminate floors throughout our entire house, but instead, I was inspired to save our budget and get creative. 

I looked around and found some cheap flooring ideas to use on the horribly damaged bamboo floors in our kitchen and dining room, as well as the vinyl in our laundry room. We painted our wood kitchen floor and our vinyl laundry room floors and couldn't be happier with the results. Painting those floors was our perfect fix, but there are so many GORGEOUS, but cheap, flooring ideas out there that you are sure to find one here that is perfect for your home! (Update: You can see what our totally renovated kitchen looks like now!)

In our new laundry room, the tile floor was NOT my favorite. I was so excited to discover these awesome vinyl tile stickers from Mirth Studio. They allowed us to totally update our outdated tile floors without any sort of demo or hard work. And they were far more affordable than entirely new flooring! You can read all about the entire makeover here.

graphic stick on tiles in laundry room

There are so many awesome ways to update floors without blowing the budget. Don't let your floors hold you back from giving your room a complete makeover. Check out the AMAZING ideas below and get inspired! 

Gorgeous But Cheap Flooring Ideas

Affordable Ways to Update Damaged Wood Floors

Wallpapered Floor by Grillo Designswallpaper on floor affordable solution

 Painted Green Floors by White Dog Vintage affordable floor idea painted green floors

Geometric Stenciled Floor by Sarah Sherman Samuel for A Beautiful Mess geometric stenciled floor

Stenciled Wood Floors by Kaleidoscope Living stenciled wood floors

Affordable Ways to Update Vinyl, Linoleum or Wood Floors

Painted Vinyl Floor by Kaleidoscope Living painted vinyl floors

Luxury Vinyl Flooring by Kaleidoscope Living

marble luxury vinyl flooring

Affordable Wood Floor Options

Stained Plywood Subfloor by Ana-White stained plywood floors

Plywood Plank Floors by Remodelando la Casa plywood plank floors

DIY Geometric Wood Flooring by Vintage Revivals geometric inlay wood floors

Wide-Plank Plywood Floor from Little Green Notebook painted plywood wide plank floors

Affordable Options for Updating Old Tile

As I mentioned at the beginning of this post, we recently used awesome vinyl tile stickers from Mirth Studio to transform our laundry room floor and I'm a big fan! They allowed us to totally update our outdated tile floors without any sort of demo or hard work. And they were far more affordable than entirely new flooring! They are painless compared to re-tiling. Below are some of my favorite tile stickers that I've seen.

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I'm not the only one who has used tile stickers. My friend Laura used them in her bathroom, as you can see below!

Vinyl Floor Stickers Over Old Tile by TheTurquoise Home

tile stickers on tile in bathroom

There are more amazingly cool ways to update old tile if stickers aren't your thing!

Sheet Vinyl Floors Over Tile by Bless'er House luxury sheet vinyl that looks like marble tile in bathroom

Painted Tile by Remington Avenue

painted tile floors


Faux Cement Tile Painted Floors by Bright Green Door faux cement tile floor


Miscellaneous Cheap Flooring Options

Stenciled Concrete Floors by The Crowned Goat painted faux cement tile floor

Scrabble Tile Floor by Katie Lo of Mullo Designs scrabble tile floor

Art Paper Floors by Lazy Cozyart paper floor

Luxury Vinyl Tiles That Look Like Marble by Chris Loves Julia luxury vinyl tiles that look like marble in kitchen

If you don't want to tackle any of the DIY cheap flooring ideas above from scratch, there are some amazing retail options to help you along the way! These cheap flooring ideas can be purchased to get you on your way to beautiful floors with a little less work!!! This post contains some affiliate links for your convenience (which means if you make a purchase after clicking a link I will earn a small commission which helps keep my blog up and running but it won't cost you a penny more)! Click here to read my full disclosure policy.  

Vinyl Floor Tile Stickers by Quadrostyle vinyl floor stickers

Penny Tile Sheets  penny tile sheets

I am so impressed with all of these creative flooring options. They are so pretty and don't blow your makeover budget out of the water. Which is your favorite? I am seriously in love with those green-painted floors! Also, the scrabble tile floor is insanely clever and fun. I love seeing how creative people can be with their budgeting dollars!

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  1. Jill Catrinel says:

    What’s amazing is many of these look even nicer than expensive flooring. The bold patterns and stripes get me every time. This post has me day dreaming of home ownership so I can paint the floors!

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