How To Completely Make Over Vinyl Or Laminate Floors With Paint

Vinyl and laminate floors are tough to keep clean when they get old. Fortunately, you can revive them with not much more than a can of paint. This DIY tutorial at View Along the Way shows us how.

Kelly, the DIY goddess behind View Along the Way, took her laundry from standard fare to super-awesome for only a couple of hundred dollars. Check out the before-and-after shot below.

Here's the list for what you'll need to do something similar:

  • Regular latex primer
  • Enough porch and floor paint to cover your floor
  • Painter's tape
  • Sugar soap
  • Paint rollers and brushes
  • Orbital sander and sandpaper
  • Caulk (if your vinyl flooring has holes)

Once you have your supplies, you're only five steps away from a totally revamped laundry or kitchen:

  • Clean: Kelly recommends giving the floor a good scrub with sugar soap
  • Sand: Bust out the sander to smooth out and de-shine the floor before painting
  • Repair: Fill in cracks and holes with caulk from the hardware store
  • Prime: Standard latex primer works just fine to prep floors too.
  • Paint: The fun part! Make sure you use porch and floor paint -- it will stand up better to foot traffic.

Check out the full tutorial for more tips and inspiration.

How to Paint Vinyl or Laminate Flooring [View Along the Way]


    I would not use this method unless i was selling the house as in 12 months the paint sill start to break down just from cleaning it, it will require re painting every two years to keep it at its best

    what most people don't seem to know is that Laminate & timber Floors have a protective lay(polish) that will wear off over time. but it is the not end of its life i can be repaired and maintained. it come done to what seller what used, wax required a different method which i will not cover here.

    simple use the sugar soap method above if is a bathroom or laundry because of the high suds build up. for the rest use hot water and any oxy action washing powder. (with laminates try to keep water to a minimum as it will soak it up quickly) then mop up or wet vac the suds

    Any marks should be attacked with a vinegar and baking soda paste

    mop about 3 times with clean water

    the next is drying time, the low the air flow and premature the longer it takes. all floors will dry unevenly so check in more then one spot. i would leave for at least 4 hour or over night.

    floor polish is simple to apply just follow instruction and use a "new" mop / applicator
    2 to 3 coats is recommended and should last 3 to 5 years depending on the amount of traffic

      I really hope you used google translate, because seriously, I haven't seen that many spelling / grammatical errors since I read Giz this morning

    A way better option would be to use an epoxy, or some sort of industrial coating. As long as the vinyl is still properly fixed to the base underneath, you will have no problems so long as you give it a good sand.

    Just using normal house/floor paint wouldn't last more than 12 months, especially with the moisture in a laundry.

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