painting our kitchen floors

Our linoleum is ugly. I don’t think I’m offending anyone here, because I doubt there’s anyone who would think it looked decent. I sat in my living room and looked into this view. I had zero inspiration to update my kitchen because I honestly felt overwhelmed by a lot of projects it needed. It is desperate for an overhaul in terms of functionality and aesthetics.

We aren’t planning on remodeling this for a few years, but it was bad enough to at least try to do some minor “updates.” The most pressing thing killing my kitchen inspiration was the flooring, and after reading a few floor-painting articles, I decided to tackle this bad boy. Peel-and-stick floor tiles were out of the question since our floor is super uneven. Yet another problem begging for our attention. 

The threshold for my floor hatred had been reached anyway, so there was no chance to lose! The few concerns people have about painting linoleum are 1) dirt visibility 2) longevity, but I didn’t think either would bother me. I like seeing dirt because I want to clean that junk up, and I don’t care if it lasts forever since I plan on remodeling the kitchen. Painted linoleum floors are clearly not my dream surface, but they are a temporary solution.

We started out by vacuuming then steam cleaning the floor.

After the floor was clean and dry, we began painting the edges with Zissner primer. I don’t care to tape trim as long as I have an angled brush. Then we just poured the primer on the floor and spread it around with a roller on an extendable pole. It’s wonderful not worrying about drips! 

The photo above shows how the paint still leaves the fake “grout” lines visible, as those are imprinted on the actual linoleum. I’ve seen tutorials on stenciling to make it look like tile, but I didn’t care that they showed. I wanted a cheap, fast, and temporary update.

So I started on the trim, feeling pretty confident about my color choice, Vaslpar’s Porch & Floor paint “Corduroy Black”. It had a touch of navy to it, so I’m thinking it will be perfect. 

THEN WE FINISH AND I AM LIKE CRAP MY FLOOR IS PURPLE. Below is the first coat wet and dried. Trust me when I say it looked purple.

Maybe it’s because it’s surrounded by the pine paneling up the stairs, or the fake granite countertop, or old fashioned looking hardware, but this color was NOT DOING IT FOR ME. Granted, I hated it less than what was there before, so no loss. 

Off to Lowe’s I go again, to try another color. Will I be reasonable and ask for a sample? Nope! Let’s just dive in again. 

On the left is what was on the floor, the right is the new color. I tried “Lincoln Cottage Black” this time. It is void of any blue or purple (I think). It had the word “cottage” and “historic” on it so that sounds promising. 

Below is the wet floor, repainted, at 9:00 pm with no natural light. 

Here is the before and after:

This morning, I got impatient and threw our hallway rug and our cart in there, and scratched the floor 😿

At this point, I’m realizing how much dirt shows up on this floor. I know part of it is because I just unrolled a rug in here and it shed some lint, but if I’m being honest I’m nervous to how much will show throughout the day. 

The scratch was because I’m impatient, and I’m sure it would scratch less had it been fully cured. Still, I’m worried about the idea of being “delicate” with my kitchen floor. And these rugs I stole from around the house clearly aren’t the right size, so now the option is to spend money for rugs to cover the floor I tried to do cheaply. 😑 

You can see up close a shoe-print, but now that I think about it, that’s probably because it still hasn’t cured and is a little tacky to the touch. 

Right now it’s still the morning after painting it, and honestly, I’m on the fence. It looks better than before, but it certainly won’t continue to look good if shoe prints stick to it and it scratches a lot. Had I purchased the correct color the first time, I would be out less than $30 because I had all the other supplies already. But I’m out right under $60, and for you it may be more if you don’t already have primer, a roller, paintbrush, etc. 

I’ll keep you updated on how it wears. For now, I’m keeping those rugs in here because I’m not spending more money for something temporary. And the idea of painting the countertops with one of those kits? NO WAY. Not after this project. I’ll live with my ugly fake granite so long as I don’t have to worry about paper bags sticking to it or paint coming off. I know there are a ton of different things I can do to update the kitchen, but I seriously think I’ll just wait to do it all the right way. 

So here’s to a project possible-fail, but one I’m glad I tried nonetheless! 

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  1. Sarah Chastain

    September 7th, 2016 at 3:23 pm

    Thoughts from a friend who doesn’t know a lot about design:
    I like it! It’s better than the ugly linoleum/vinyl (although that never really bothered me), and it took you hardly any time to finish. The durability does scare me too, but I think in the end you’ll be happy you took the chance and don’t have to stare at the vinyl anymore. It’s moody, it’s eclectic, and it’s Briyonce. I commend your fearlessness.

  2. bdiscovershome

    September 9th, 2016 at 3:44 pm

    I comment your comment

  3. Sarah Chastain

    September 7th, 2016 at 3:24 pm

    One more thought- thrift a colorful Persian-esk rug?!?!

  4. bdiscovershome

    September 9th, 2016 at 3:45 pm

    I would except you can see it from the living room, and I don’t want the rugs to clash. Plus the rug that is in there now is free to me 😹

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