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.
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!
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!
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