DIY: Renovating Kitchen Vinyl Floors

Vinyl floors can bring out mixed emotions in many homeowners. They are easy to clean and resist moisture. But the floors aren't classic and timeless like natural stone or wood flooring. Vinyl flooring in an unattractive colour or pattern may just need to be painted. Find a picture of a pattern or design you like and translate it to your flooring. With a lot of hard work and a little paint, you can renovate your flooring over the weekend.

Clean the floors with a solution of trisodium phosphate (TSP) and water, using a mop. Mix the TSP and water according to the instructions on the bottle. TSP will clean the grime from the floors while also dulling a little of the shine.

Sand the floors with 180-grit sandpaper. Some vinyl flooring is slightly textured. Sanding eliminates the texture and creates some grooves for the primer to sink into. Wipe away sanding dust with a damp rag.

Apply a thin coat of bonding primer to the vinyl floors. Paint the corners of the room with a trim brush. Follow with a paint roller to apply the paint to the majority of the floor. Allow the first coat of primer to dry. Apply a second coat.

Apply low-tack painter's tape to the floor to outline the pattern you want.

Apply a thin coat of water-based porch and floor paint, using a brush and roller. Multiple thin coats will be more durable than one thick coat. Apply three to four thin coats of paint. Allow each coat to dry for two hours. Allow the final coat to dry overnight.

Apply polyurethane topcoat, using the brush and roller. Use a non-yellowing, water-based urethane. Two coats of polyurethane will protect the floors and prevent scratching.


When planning a geometric pattern on your floors, draw a detailed sketch on graph paper before you begin painting.

Things You'll Need

  • Trisodium phosphate
  • Mop
  • 180-grit sandpaper
  • Damp rag
  • Bonding primer
  • Trim paintbrush
  • Paint roller
  • Low-tack painter's tape
  • Porch and floor paint
  • Polyurethane topcoat
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Lisa East Hunter is a consultant and freelance writer in Phoenix. Her background in marketing and technology led her to explore all avenues of writing. She is currently dividing her time between freelance writing and her consulting business. Hunter has a Bachelor of Science in management information systems and marketing.