Yes, you can paint a floor! Whether you want to cover an existing floor, or start over on brand new sub floor, its easy to customize your flooring without the custom price.  Here are the basics, then our picks for some great DIY painted floor projects with tutorials and instructions. Our featured project, below, is a DIY painted floor by One Kings Lane.

DIY Painted floor


How to Paint a Floor

Prep – The floor in question 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!

Our first 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


Sally at A Warm Conversation painted her linoleum floors! Looks great!



This next one is from First Home…Love Life through DIY Show Off… and is a subway art painted floor! Very cool, I love how different this project is!



Alisa Burke painted this floor herself, and it is AWESOME! See how she did it.



A Home Full of Color has a step by step tutorial for this stenciled painted floor… I love this kitchen! And stencils make the job so much faster…



Shabby Coast Cottage painted this floor, and has instructions and a downloadable template!

shabby coast cottage painted wood floor 2


Perfectly Imperfect used the popular chalk paint to paint this bedroom floor. It leaves a soft, vintage finish and is sealed so should last as well!



Create this plaid painted floor from BHG.



Paint and then stencil your kitchen floor to add color and pattern!



How about some final inspiration?


Image Credits: One Kings Lane, Thistlewood Farms, Warm Conversation, DIY Show Off, Alisa Burke, Home Full of Color, Shabby Coast Cottage, Perfectly Imperfect, BHG, BHG, In My House


  1. Leslye February 13, 2014 at 2:05 pm

    Does anyone know if you can pain a concrete floor? As in, the concrete UNDER my existing dirty carpet?

    1. Kathy Woodard February 15, 2014 at 1:01 pm

      Yes you can… There is concrete paint and stain at the home improvement store…make sure you follow the instructions on the can about cleaning the concrete before hand.

    2. Denise Sigler March 18, 2014 at 5:32 pm

      Yes you can but it is not necessary to use speciality products. I was a professional painter for several decorators in a past life (one that would physically do such a thing!). I have painted several concrete floors that were previously covered in gluedown products. Prep is the key to this or any painting project for that matter. You must clean, clean, clean your surface. Prime – I like Bullseye the best. paint with regular latex wall paint. be sure to let it dry well and apply 4-5 coats of a polyurathane. It will hold up very well. One family I commissioned for had four small children and 5 years later it is still looking good. This same process can be done on not-so-attractive laminate countertops. Good luck!!!

      1. Becky May 9, 2016 at 11:31 pm

        great info! Thanks

  2. Candace July 30, 2015 at 11:06 pm

    I tried to go to the Shabby Coast Cottage Blog to look at the tutorial and it’s saying that I must be invited to look at the blog. Do you know how I can be invited or look at the post? Thank you!!

    1. Kathy Woodard August 4, 2015 at 11:29 am

      Hi Candace… I see that… I will try to find a contact for you!

  3. Nora August 1, 2015 at 1:09 pm

    How to Paint natural marble ? anyone?

    1. Kathy Woodard August 4, 2015 at 11:41 am

      Hi Nora… Anything can be painted with the right primer. KILZ was originally designed to sell iron bath tubs, so it would work well. Why do you want to paint your marble?

  4. Jenny September 10, 2016 at 11:02 pm

    I am attempting to download the template but access was denied; can you please help


    Shabby Coast Cottage painted this floor, and has instructions and a downloadable template!

    1. Kathy Woodard September 21, 2016 at 5:08 pm

      Im sorry Jenny, we ran across the same problem! Have no idea why a blog would be locked out! We will try to find a contact for her!

  5. Prema Pillai May 21, 2018 at 1:04 am

    I have a tiled kitchen floor. what sort of paint i have to use to paint a tiled floor?
    Thank you

    1. Kathy Woodard May 22, 2018 at 4:06 pm

      It isn’t the paint so much that is important, it’s that you use a good primer and a good clear topcoat! If you read through some of the tutorials, you will get lots of product ideas. Good luck!


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