A little while back we began work on our little half bath that sits in the back of our house next to our master bedroom. Other than the kitchen this back area of our house is probably the most out-dated part of our home. It sports a really retro - but not so trendy retro- linoleum floor that was really throwing us for a loop as to what to do. There is big potential that this floor has asbestos underneath and ripping it out will be a pain and very costly.
|Bathroom Before - Ugly, Ugly and more Ugly|
|Ugly Floor Close Up|
So first off, this floor is old but in really great condition. It has lost all of it's shine or sheen it once had but shows no signs of wear and tear - so really it is the perfect candidate for this kind of treatment. The first thing I did was to make sure the floor was prepped and ready to be painted so this included sanding. I didn't sand a lot because as I mentioned, the floor has lost most of it's sheen already. I just used some sandpaper to rough it up a bit to ensure maximum paint stickage.
After the floor was roughed up a little I cleaned and cleaned to make sure there was absolutely no dust or dirt left behind that could cause a bad finish in the paint. This is a crucial step, you don't want any lumps or bumps or grainy paint. This would definitely cause an ugly finished floor.
Next I taped off the floor trim and any other places that I didn't want to ruin with paint - just a good painters tape will do the trick.
Then the floor was ready for it's first coat of primer. If you have been with me for a while you know that I happen to love Zinsser Low-Odor water based primer and sealer. Now, most information I found said over and over to use an oil based primer since it sticks the best. But honestly, I have found that this stuff sticks just as well and it's way less smelly and cleans up so much better. I have used it on my laminate furniture and plan on using it when we finish painting the paneling in our mud room/laundry room so I went with it on this too. It really stuck well, just like it had in the past. I ended up doing 3 coats just to make sure I had a good base.
|Floor After First Coat of Primer|
Yes, that is turquoise floor! Now you know why I said you would either love it or hate it. I think in this tiny little area it works, it's not overbearing and it adds a pop of color that this little space needed. Would I do an entire kitchen in this? - probably not, but then again I might. I ended up with three coats of paint on this too. Just in case you want to know: the color is Classic Teal by Valspar ( and yes I have a mirror I painted this same color in our hallway!)
|I love how the original floor pattern shows through the new paint!|
It's AFM Safecoat PolyureSeal and it's a much safer alternative for polyurethane and other toxic finishes. It's very low odor and very low VOC and after using it I will say it is a great product. The finish is very strong and durable and looks great. It did cost a little more, this bottle put me back $30 but it was worth it. It honestly did not take that much and I have plenty left over to finish the rest of the floor in our laundry room and walk in closet. I applied 3 thin even coats like it suggests - you could even do more but 3 seemed perfect. Now, the instructions will tell you to wait for the paint to totally dry - I think it was like three days but we didn't have time for that. I let the paint dry about an hour and started applying, it turned out just great. Also, a paintbrush is the way to go with this to avoid any sort of bubbles in the finish.
|We also added a new white floor rug and found a better basket for storage under the sink.|
It took about a day to totally dry and we love the results! It's definitely an unexpected touch but I think it just fits in with all of the other character we have in our home. So all in all, painting a bathroom floor really wasn't that hard (more time than anything) and it's a great low cost alternative for updating a space like this. I wouldn't call it a long term fix, but it's a great short term alternative for freshening up a room.
Just in case you were wondering, the floor has been painted like this for a little over a month now and it looks just as good as it did when we first painted it. If we ever have any break down in durability we will definitely let you know. Happy Floor Painting!