Painting Kitchen Floors

In the recent times there are various interesting options that are easily available when it come to flooring ideas specially kitchen flooring. Painting kitchen floors is one such unique idea which is ingenious, useful and economic at the same time. Painting kitchen floors is a creative and inexpensive way to freshen the kitchen. Painting hardwoods seems the most logical of flooring types, but painting vinyl is also a reasonable step.


Kitchen floors can take on any look you want and will look good, as long as you take care to prepare the flooring first, and then seal the painted floors when complete. If you do some research work on how to go about it and follow the simple steps it will definitely turn out to be a striking and attractive piece of work. Painted wood floors will give your kitchen a new lease on life.

On the other hand, if you’d like to renew your kitchen flooring then we’ve chosen some of the best options available for you.  Complete with buyers guide, reviews, and comparisons!

Budget friendly kitchen flooring ideas


Are you looking for a low cost way to spruce up your kitchen floors? Painting kitchen floors is a great way to give your floors a new look with very little cost. After a long time it is obvious that any type of floor will get damaged. Kitchen is one such room which is generally highly used in most houses. Hence removing the old floor and getting a new one may turn out to be expensive at times. Thus there are budget friendly options too and painting kitchen floors is one such option. You can paint many different flooring materials, including wood and vinyl flooring. All you need to do is prepare them correctly for the paint and you are on your way to having updated floors on a budget. That is really simply and practical isn’t it?


Paint and recreate your damaged floor


If you have hardwood floors that are so damaged that they cannot be refinished, you may want to consider painting them. Painting hardwoods can turn a kitchen that looks old and dinghy into a bright and inviting room that everyone will want to be in. Although there are some people that believe that hardwood flooring should never be painted, many people who embrace the cottage style love the look of painted wood floors.


When painting your wood floors, you do not have to use just one paint color. Be adventuresome and use your hardwoods as a blank canvas for your creativity. Think stripes, border, stenciling, or even a painted rug on your floor. Let your imagination run wild. With a little sanding and prep work, you can have beautifully painted floors that your family will love. You can completely change the look of the kitchen with some interesting and innovative ideas of painting kitchen floor and that will certainly add a spark to your home.

Important factors that one need to know before painting  vinyl flooring



Vinyl flooring can also be painted. You first need to clean and rinse the floors very well to remove the dirt and debris on them. Prime them with a high quality primer and then paint with the paint you have chosen. Do not be afraid to mix up colors. Create a checkerboard look, use stencils or stamps, or even write sayings on your floor as a border. Your floor is your palette and you are the artist who is creating your masterpiece. After you have finished painting, you need to cover it with at least four coats of polyurethane and then let it dry for the specified time that the manufacturer has directed. Although this is not as durable as painting wood floors is, it can give you time to save up money for a more expensive upgrade.




Painted floors are all the rage in country and cottage style design. Both of these designs embrace the look of distressed and old flooring. Many people even distress their painted floors to make them look older and more interesting. Color washing, where you apply watered down paint to the floors and then rub some of the excess off with a cloth, is a great way to mask the blemishes in a floor, but it also lets some of the original character of the floors shine through. If your home is more contemporary or sophisticated in design, you can paint the floors in a more up to date design. Simply color and create your kitchen the way you want it. Using tape to create lines for you to paint different colors can bring color into a room without it being over powering. Use your creativity and look at your home improvement store and on the internet for more ideas for you to create with paint. Do not be afraid to paint your floors. With the proper tools and paint, you will be able to create a floor that expresses your design style and taste.

55 thoughts on “Painting Kitchen Floors”

  1. I’m painting my cottage kitchen floor. The floor is made of +/- 3″ bare pine planks that had been covered with (asphestos?) tile when the house was built in 1948. The tile was glued to the wood using what apeared to be tar paper and a dark adhesive.
    I was able to scrape off the majority of the paper and glue left behind using a wallpaper steamer. However, some diluted adhesive remained. I have applied 3 coats of latex primer but it appears that the dark adhesive bleeds through when water is spilled on it.
    I’m going to use a blue top coat using floor and porch paint, but I’m concerned that the staining will come through that as well.
    Is there anything I can use to prevent bleeding? Also, does the paint alone waterproof the floor or is it necessary to use a polycoat sealer on a kitchen floor to prevent water damage?
    Thanks for your help.

  2. I’d apply KILZ Original or KILZ Odorless primers to “lock” the stain away, if you can’t find something to remove it completely. That should stop the bleeding through to your prier and your top coat.
    You need to seal the paint surface to keep it from wearing off as quickly. See my recommendation further up in the comments as to which product I like best.

  3. A bit more research has introduced me to compounds that remove adhesives. Of course you can get high- and low-VOC compounds for the job. Go to your favorite hardware/home improvement store and ask about this product.

  4. Must one use a brush when applying Diamond Coat Varathane polyurethane to a painted kitchen floor or would a roller do?
    What are the minimum number of coats that you recommend?

  5. You don’t want to use a roller to apply this product. Use a good synthetic brush and disturb the product as little as possible so you don’t create bubbles that will hurt your finish quality.
    The minimum number of coats depends on how much and what type of traffic it’s going to get. The minimum in my opinion is two, but I’d probably put three to four coats to have a great finish.

  6. Hi Sandy,
    My first concern would be that if you’re working on ‘vinyl’ tile from the 70’s that it very well may contain asbestos. Scary, scary, SCARY thought!!! Seriously, you need to get it tested – there are testing kits at most major home improvement stores. If it contains asbestos you need to have it removed or cover it. Removing it opens up a whole new can of worms and you’ll need to figure out if you’re willing to take on the risk yourself (and dispose of it properly!) or call in a professional to do the job. A lot of people go with covering it because so long as it’s covered properly then the asbestos dust can’t escape and damage your lungs, etc.
    I cannot stress enough that you need to find out for sure what you’re dealing with.

  7. My house was built in 1948 and has beautiful hardwoods however in my sons foom the lady that we bought the house from locked several cats in that room and they ruined a small corner of the hardwoods. we used kiltz and deck paint to cover however when my son was born we covered it with carpet. we could like to repaint them and add stencils. do you reccommend a certain type of paint and sealant? our hardwoods are think and certain spots wave. do you know what causes the wave in the floor?

  8. Hi Christina,
    I don’t know what would cause the flooring to be wavy, except maybe moisture, weak floor joists or just because 60 years of the house settling made it uneven. You might be able to try to even it out some by renting a floor sander. Personally, I’d rather live with it and think of it as part of the charm that goes with owning an older home, but that’s just me. ;~)
    There’s lots of different paints on the market, it just depends on the qualities you’re looking for. Some of the vapors aren’t so nice, but there are some with low and no VOC’s. Whatever product you choose, you’ll have to look for a sealer that won’t harm the paint and protect your hard work. They are quite a few on the market now with low VOC’s as well. Good luck on your project, it sounds like you’re one creative lady!

  9. Hi- I have a 2 family home built in the late 1800s. I live in the 1st floor flat, and am re-doing the 2nd floor for rental. The 2nd floor kitchen has hardwood floors that someone painted years ago with an “apple” theme – yellow paint with apples every 4 or 5 inches stenciled in. How do you like them apples? Well, I don’t really. So I want to paint over the kitchen floor. I would prefer to use linoleum, by the floor is uneven in spots – kinda wavy like another commenter mentioned. So the cheapest, easiest way to go without using some kind of floor leveler would be to paint. My contractor suggested I use deck paint, but I haven’t heard of low or no VOC deck paint. Is there such a thing? Or would I be better off with regular paint followed by a good sealer? This is the kitchen, so it needs to be a surface that can withstand spills, cleaning, etc.
    What do you recommend?

  10. Hi Tim,
    My first thought when I read this was “hmm……..wonder what that old floor would look like stripped”. You may have a really nice old floor under that paint! Just something to think about.
    If you’re really wanting to paint it though, I’d recommend something along the lines of a low VOC interior paint (I like Sherwin Williams myself) and follow that with several coats of Urethane Diamond Coat Polyurethane formulated for floors. Good luck with your project!

  11. I just want to better understand your solution for low VOC paint applied to floors. I have a previously painted floor I want to paint over, but with low VOC paint. I am told the low VOC interior paints, in semi-gloss,will not withstand use (and exterior are not better). Also, you suggest polyurethane after, but doesn’t that defeat the purpose of low VOC paint?

  12. My floor is very small we have pretty much a galley kitchen it has seen better days there are nicks and scratches all over I’m very into shappy sheek looking things and I mentioned to my husband I wantd to paint the floor he said with the shape the floor was in it would look bad because of the dents and scratches can it still be done even with the problems there are I do not and can not afford new flooring at this time AND what about any wax or polish that has been used in the past

  13. The house I purchased was new in 1985. Although the guy who built the house put in a double sub floor he used those cheap peel and place floor tiles and after years of kids and dogs I have some swelled spots near the sink and the dog dish. I was wondering as long as the sub floor is not moldy or weak (which it seems just fine when I walk on it) can I sand the sub floor down level, fill in the cracks and paint the floor to my liking. My cuboards sit directly on the floor so I can’t build the floor up any with wood or my doors will not open. I would put down vinyl but cannot find a design I like.

  14. I have plain linoleum PLEASE if you can help ease my mind before the holidays get here and my family of 32 see it Christmas eve. I am one of those people that gets some thing in HER head and will start the project a week before the party

  15. My question was I have linoleum floor in a galley kitchen it is the main floor to our house so it has seen better days and the people who owned it before us knew it needed work but hid the blemishes from us, when we moved in we found out it had some dents, scratches, and looks bad for me. I’m into shabby sheek design and wanted to know if even with the problems can it still be done, my husband says no it can’t but with the holidays are coming and I’d like it to look good and what about any old wax that is one the floor if any. CAN I PAINT IT !!!!!


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