Tips For Painting a Linoleum Floor

The decision to paint your kitchen floor can introduce a unique amount of character and variety into the room. Whether you are opting for an elegant style or something more personalized, when you have mastered how to paint kitchen floor boards and tiles, your imagination and creativity is the limit. The following tips will provide you with a basic overview and a few tricks to help transform your plain floor into a new and updated style.

Although painting a linoleum floor is a bit different from painting a wood floor, it is still fairly easy. Because the linoleum has a smooth and shiny surface, you will need to sand it to ensure that the paint is able to adhere to the surface. When you have finished sanding the floor, you will need to sweep up the area and ensure that there is no debris on the surface.

Apply an oil based primer to the floor to ensure that the linoleum will be easy to maintain in the future. Oil based primer is generally the best type of primer to use for kitchen flooring in case it needs to be cleaned eventually. When the primer has dried, you can begin painting the floor. Thin coats of paint are especially important when dealing with linoleum flooring. Paint tends to take longer to dry when you are working with linoleum, so you can expect to wait around 48 hours for your coat of paint to be fully dry, unless otherwise stated by the type of paint you have used. Some paints dry within a few hours, but it all depends on the surface you have painted on.

When the paint has finished drying, you will need to treat it with a few coats of clear sealant. Three to five coats of sealant is usually reasonable for linoleum flooring. During the first week after you have applied the sealant, it is important to avoid spills or placing anything harsh on the floor, such as shoes or furniture legs. After the sealed floor has been allowed to cure for a week, it will be ready for use. It should last durably for many years to come.

The greatest aspect of painting your linoleum floor is that it truly creates a unique style that cannot be found in many households. If you are seeking to give your home a different look or create something that is guaranteed to impress your friends or family, this is a great DIY option to consider.

Amy Wright
Amy Wright is the Lead Editor of Remodeling Central. When she isn't playing with her dogs she is trying to remodel a classic Chicago style brownstone with her husband.

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