Yes! You can Paint a Linoleum Floor

Yes! You can Paint a Linoleum Floor

Yes! You can Paint a Linoleum Floor


pThanks for your question. It may surprise you to learn that the answer is yes. You can paint linoleum. /p

pLinoleum is a 150-year old floor and countertop material that had its heyday in the 1930s and 40s. As vinyl flooring became more and more popular in the 1950s, linoleum lost its appeal. Today, it seems to be making a comeback. We credit that to the popularity of sustainable design and products. Besides enjoying an incredible long lifespan, linoleum is made from completely natural materials and is biodegradable and non-toxic. Many young designers have been attracted to the numerous colors of linoleum sheets and different designs that can be created with linoleum tiles. Linoleum is also one of the most reasonably priced flooring materials on the market today./p

pEven the most durable flooring is susceptible to wear and tear, so we can understand how a little paint would help. However, painting over linoleum is not recommended by many people because the results are typically less than stunning. That said, it can be done and paint can add interest to a room, especially if you use a funky color or have a fun pattern in mind./p

pSince we essentially removed Jennifer's closet altogether, we built a new one! Constructed in a couple of hours, this mini-closet holds enough clothes for a guest to hang their hats for a couple of days. Hopefully you don't host guests who stay much longer than that!/p

pBefore you pick your colors, try giving your existing floor a little TLC. A good thorough cleaning, polishing and a wax will breathe new life into your floor. If that is not enough change for you and you are still intent on painting, here is how to go about it. /p


Wire brush, sandpaper or orbital sander/p


Gentle floor cleanerbr

Scrubbing brushbr

Protective eyewearbr

Face maskbr

Painter's tapebr

Painting traysbr

Paint brushbr

Paint roller (with a 3/16 to 1/4 nap)br

Oil-based paint in color(s) of your choicebr

Oil-based primerbr


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As with all painting projects; the key is preparation. First, clean the surface thoroughly. Although linoleum is pretty sturdy, it doesn't respond well to products containing high amounts of alkaline./p

pA gentle cleaner (or a 50-50 combo of vinegar and water) should suffice unless the floor is really dirty. If you have waxed the linoleum, then you'll want to remove it and then clean the surface with a gentle solvent and a scrubbing brush./p

pAnother tip: linoleum can be ruined by hot water and/or a lot of it. Flooding the floor with water can result in major damage./p

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Next, you will want to give the paint something to grab onto, so sand the linoleum with fine sandpaper or a wire brush. (If you opt for the orbital sander, wear protective eyewear and a face mask)/p

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Once the floor is sanded, clean it again. Yes, again! You don't want any of dust particles to get trapped in the paint./p

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Tape off adjacent surfaces, such as baseboards, other types of flooring, etc./p

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Because you are painting a heavily-traveled surface, you will have to use a durable, oil-based paint and primer. If you are going with a vibrant color, such as red, have the primer tinted first. This will give the finished product a more polished look./p

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