I’ve been inching along on my floor painting adventures in the ‘solarium’ (fancy word for sun room), and I can FINALLY CHECK IT OFF MY TO-DO LIST! And painting linoleum floors is such a great way to update old flooring without spending a fortune!
But let’s back up and chat about how far we’ve come in this room. We started out with big-bird-yellow trim (and there’s a LOT of trim). And for a room that’s already bright, I just couldn’t. So I painted the trim this gorgeous putty green color that Sherwin Williams creatively named ‘Sage’. (see this post for tips and tricks on painting trim, crown molding, and around window panes)
I’m tackling this sun room as my ‘project room’ to keep me busy and feeling creative while the dust flies in the rest of the house with all the kitchen demo/renovation. Despite much controversy, I love the wood carsiding walls (they aren’t paneling!) and how they look with the sage trim.
But what I don’t love?
The linoleum, y’all.
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Eventually we plan to replace this flooring, but if you could see our list of things to get done in the next year, you’d know why this floor is not a priority for our reno budget.
And since I’ve painted linoleum before with great success, I decided to give this a go! I’ma share the products and steps with you in case you too have a linoleum floor that you hate but aren’t in a position to change.
Painting Linoleum Floors
- Orbital Sander
- 120 grit sandpaper discs
- Old mop that you’re never going to use again (or an old cloth on the end of a mop)
- Painters Tape<< FAVE
- Sherwin Williams porch and floor enamel
- Paint Roller
First things first, I cleared everything out of the room, and swept it real good. Then I took my orbital sander and sanded the room down with 120 grit to give the floor some ‘tooth’. Sanding this whole room might seem like a daunting job, but it’s basically just like washing it on your hands and knees. It only took me about a half hour.
The hardest part is remembering where you’ve already been. You can kinda tell where you’ve sanded by moving until the light is just right so you can see which parts of the floor are still glossy and which parts are sanded. But I blocked our the room in ‘rows’ using the existing lines on the linoleum and just went back and forth across the room until I was done.
After sanding, there’s a film of dust on the floor that I mopped up with an old mop and just water. Then it’s time to further our efforts to get rid of that shiny quality of linoleum that makes it hard for paint to stick. There’s a product called ‘deglosser‘ that is great for taking sheen off furniture (or anything), so I squirted it onto the floor one row at a time and mopped it around and let it dry.
The deglosser leaves a really milky film on the floor, but the instructions on the back of this product say that it’s fine and you can paint right over it without cleaning if off. So darn it? That’s what I did!
Painting Linoleum Floors
Time to tape along the floorboards around the perimeter of the room and get to painting! We used SW Porch Enamel paint which is suuuuper durable and amazing. And if you’re painting linoleum floors, you WANT something durable and amazing!
I painted around the perimeter of the room with a brush first…
When it came time for rolling, I skipped the paint tray, and just dumped rows of paint onto the linoleum and rolled it on. So much faster and less cleanup!
It took two coats to get full coverage.
Finally, do yourself a favor and barricade off (OR AT LEAST CLOSE THE DOOR) to the recently-paint room to avoid… THIS:
If you’re just painting your linoleum a solid color, you can stop here and seal with water-based sealer in the sheen of your choice!
But you know I wasn’t going to stop there. Mama needs PATTERN! And COLOR!
UPDATE! Click here to see the next post where I stencil in all it’s glory! It legit looks like enormous Spanish tiles!
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