Painted Floors

You can paint practically anything.  Even your floors.  A painted wood floor is a light and airy alternative to dark stain.

Add a little stencil and you can create a masterpiece on your floor.

You can paint over other flooring, as well – like linoleum or vinyl.  What an inexpensive facelift for a room!

A fun, happy color on a floor can take a kitchen to a whole other level.

The Swedes love their white painted floors – one more surface to reflect the natural light that they crave.

If that feels too boring, a colorful accent like these green stair treads do the trick.

Dated terra cotta tiles were updated rather than replaced with a few fabulous coats of chocolate-hued paint.  Now that’s upcycling!

Need some instructions?  Here you go:

• knock down the sheen and rough up the surface with 150-grit sandpaper
• wash the floor with a powdered detergent cleaner to remove all dust
• allow floor to dry completely (this is very important – may take a couple of days)
• paint on a primer compatible with your paint type
• allow primer to dry overnight
• lightly sand primer with 220-grit sandpaper
• wipe floor clean with mineral spirits with tack cloth or a rag
• apply the first, thin coat of paint with a natural-bristle brush (creates a smooth finish – a roller creates stippled finish)
• allow to dry 24 hours
• apply two more thin coats, allowing 24 hours between each

You can walk on the surface in socks after 24 hours.  An oil-based paint dries overnight, but takes 28 days to cure to maximum hardness.  Good luck!

Photo Credits:  Chris Kauffman, DecorPad, Design Dazzle, Apartment Therapy, Elle Decor (last 3).

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Love the turquoise bathroom floor and the blue kitchen floor! Again, inspiring me to do something I NEVER would have even thought of.

Kelly, Arte Styling
Kelly, Arte Styling

I love the look of painted wood floors! Haven’t done it myself yet, but I did spec painted floors in AB Home Interiors Designer Challenge 101 project that goes live tomorrow. I’d love to put in a link to your post, as your instructions are clear and not intimidating. Thanks for the great info!


Thanks, Kelly. That would be great!

I LOVE the bathroom floor!!! So gorgeous! I might need to do that in my master bathroom!


I love the turquoise bathroom floor and the painted steps. Would you be willing to share the brand and paint color name. I am in the process of redoing my bathroom and am on a limited budget and the painted floor fits right in. Thanks. Its people like you that help ordinary folks like myself able to redecorate, refinish and enjoy the fruits of our labor without spending a fortune, especially given todays economy.
Thanks, Ina

Kendra Ray
Kendra Ray

Can you tell me what type and sheen paint was used on the terra cotta floors? The one you gave instructions to.

Thank you,

Carrlyn Ward
Carrlyn Ward

Yes, please do ( the above question) I have beat up Saltilo that is chipped..etc…nasty looking. My dilemma is, do I take it out or try the paint. It isn’t smooth and that’s where I think I have the problem to where is can’t be made to look nice. Do you agree? Thanks so much. I love your creativity.

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