Trying to figure out an inexpensive way to redo your worn out floors? You can create your own painted floors! Whether you want to cover an existing floor, or start over on brand new sub floor, it’s easy to customize your flooring without the custom price. Here are the basics on how to paint a floor, then our picks for some great painted floor ideas, with tutorials and instructions.
How to Paint a Floor
Prep – The floor must be properly prepped in order for the finish to last. That usually involves sanding and priming the floor. Non porous surfaces such as tile or laminate require a specialty primer to seal the surface, such as BIN or KILZ.
Paint – You can use tape, stencils, stamps or even freehand your chosen pattern or design. Any house paint will do, porch paint is a great choice as well.
Seal – This is as important as prepping, if not more so. You MUST seal your painted floor well in order for it to stand up to traffic. I prefer water based polyurethane because it dries quickly. I recommend 4-6 coats. Add a coat periodically when the finish wears thin as maintenance.
Easy? Well, you might not think “easy” after your back and knees complain the next morning, but “worth it” will be right up there! Try out these DIY painted floor ideas!
Painted Vinyl Floors
Learn how to paint vinyl floors with this easy tutorial from ‘Cherished Bliss‘. She created the trendy cement tile look at a fraction of what it would have cost her to install it. With paint!
You have to love this buffalo check painted vinyl floor from ‘The Other Side of Neutral‘. Just some masking tape, paint and her tutorial is all you need.
‘At Charlotte’s House‘ made this painted vinyl floor the easy way using a simple graphic design. She did this bathroom floor for $5!
Here is one last painted vinyl floor done over at ‘Young House Love‘. This one is also done in cement tile style, and they tell you how to order this exact stencil. Simple! BTW, they also share how this floor has held up, in a wet bathroom, no less!
Painted Hardwood Floors
‘Liz Marie‘ did the perfect painted hardwood floors ever. I can’t imagine this room any other way than with these perfectly creamy and light painted floors! Easy to follow tutorial, and lots of FAQ questions that are answered.
‘Southern Living‘ has a great painted floors tutorial so that you can personalize your project to your home. Super simple! Photo by Laurey Glenn.
Here is a painted hardwood floor by ‘One Kings Lane‘. This pattern was stenciled on and then filled in with a paint brush. Fresh and fun!
‘Alisa Burke‘ painted this wood floor herself, and it is AWESOME! She walks you through this process. Amazing art for your floors!
‘Shabby Coast Cottage‘ created this painted floor to cover up worn and aging hardwood. Her tutorial has instructions and a downloadable template for the stencil.
How about some final painted wood floor inspiration, before we move onto to painted plywood floors? Photo from ‘In My House‘.
Painted Plywood Floors
Ok. This is bold, this is beautiful, this is stunning! This painted floor idea comes to us from ‘Dans le Lakehouse‘. She stained plywood with water colors, and then installed them. All we can say is “Wow”!
This project is from our friend Karianne at ‘Thistlewood Farms‘. This is their painted plywood subfloor! Yes, I said subfloor. They hated the carpet that was there, and new hardwood floor was not in the budget, so they pulled the carpet and painted the subfloor. What a great project and idea! The Budget Decorator has always been about finding unconventional ways to decorate without the money… who says the subfloor can’t be the “floor”??? Go Karianne!
Painted Floor Tile
These painted floor tiles from ‘Paper & Stitch‘ are the perfect example of what you can do with an inexpensive material. These are just peel and stick vinyl floor tiles, and paint! Ah-Mazing!
Are you as “floored” as we are? Would you have ever guessed you could make these amazing painted floors look this… well, amazing? We think you will also want to check out our post on Dining Table Makeovers! Also jump on over to our post on DIY Area Rugs or Best Places to Buy Affordable Designer Rugs Online at our sister site, OhMeOhMe!
Note : This post has been freshened with updated projects.
Image Credits: Paper & Stitch, Cherished Bliss, The Other Side of Neutral, At Charlotte's House, Young House Love, Liz Marie, Southern Living, One Kings Lane, Alisa Burke, Shabby Coast Cottage, In My House, Dans le Lakehouse, Thistlewood Farm