DIY: Painted Kitchen Floor for $50!

So happy that everyone has been enjoying the new kitchen floors!

Here is a little DIY on how to achieve the same look. It really wasn't hard. Me and Jon actually agreed that it was one of the easiest projects we have ever done.

Step 1: Prep the floor.

Because our sweet Bear had chewed through part of the floor we went around with wood filler and fixed any holes. We had done this the week prior to painting just due to time constraints. You can do it closer to painting if needed. We sanded everything down Friday evening.


Step 2: Clean up. You can swiffer or mop your floor a couple of hours before painting it. The floor will need to dry so it can not be done right before painting. An easy clean up right before painting and after sanding wood filler spots (we had crazy dog hair as well) would be a good sweep.




We also did a quick vacuum job: I told Jon to look happy, but I don't think painting floors on a Friday night was his idea of fun!






STEP 3: Tape it up.
We had a bunch of moulding in the kitchen so we needed to tape. Please remember if you use painters tape to remove it while the paint is still wet. If not the paint will stick to the tape and while it won't bleed through it will remove a bit of paint when you take the paint off. If you have a steady hand I recommend free handing all trim.





STEP 4: Supplies. Take out your supplies, because you are about to start painting!


After all of my research of painting floors the most recommended product was Valspar Oil-Based Porch and Floor paint. Well due to green laws NY state no longer sells oil-based paint. So I hit a dead end on that front. I thought about marine grade paint, but wasn't certain if they could custom color and wasn't too thrilled with the long drying time. Windsor Smith came to the rescue in the form of a recommendation in an old In Style article.

Enter Break-through. Break-through is low- VOCs and is one of the strongest paints out there. It turns tacky in about 30 mins from application and within 2 hours you can recoat. Once it is fully dries it has the strength and tough-ness of baked enamel! It only costs $44.99 for one gallon and it can be custom colored!

Along with that you will also need an extension pole for the roller. Plus you need to purchase a 1/4" nap roller for a smooth finish.




Step 5: Paint! Remember to stir the paint. It is recommended to be shaken for 3-5 mins prior to opening the can. Jon was still super happy! Don't you love his faces? He thinks he is being funny so I always threaten to post the pictures. Enjoy sweetheart! :)






The coverage on this paint is amazing! One thing to note is that because it is so quick drying you need to be fast with cutting and rolling. If you cut the entire room and then go with the roller afterwards the tacky paint in the cut area will lift and glob up on the roller. If this happens sometimes a second coat will fix it or you will have to let it fully dry and then sand that section and re-paint.




I swear this isn't one of those projects where I say "we" and it was mainly Jon that did it. I helped during the entire project. Here is my paint stained butt to prove it! :)



Painting took about an hour and a half. Here is the room after one coat:

Step 6: Re-coat: We headed to bed after the first coat so around 1 am and then re-coated it at 7 am. This went super quickly and we finished in about 35 mins.


We then left for the weekend and came home to this:


I love it! So far it's been great. I was terrified of the dogs being on it, but they haven't scratched it at all. I've also cleaned it with a swiffer and nothing happened. We moved in the appliances last night and all went smoothly with that as well! So for $50 (we had the other supplies already) we got a completely new look for our kitchen.

The paint color is actually a jade green. I got it custom colored in Spruce Green by Benjamin Moore. This was the original color of the walls. Those got repainted in Glass of Milk from Martha Stewart and my favorite shade of green went on the floors instead.
Enjoy!

104 comments:

Stephanie Sabbe said...

love them camilla! so cheery!

LindsB said...

love love love LOVE this! They look amazing and really make the whole room look outstanding! It's such a chage from the blue walls and the wood floors. And I have to say my vote is for the painted floors, you made the right choice!

The Brick Cottage said...

Thanks for the info--I've never heard of that product. I am hoping that when the time comes for us to renovate our kitchen that I'll get to paint our floors (we have tile now so we don't know what's underneath).

Scientific Housewife said...

Wow, looks great!

Ms. Bright said...

I am SO scared to do this but SO inspired! What a difference! It makes your kitchen so light and cheery! LOVE it!!!

Kelly Green said...

What can I say but sensational!!!! Beautiful job - you two make a great team! KG

Whatever Dee-Dee wants said...

Oh my. It looks gorgeous! I love it!

paula said...

can not even express how much I love this!

Pink Wallpaper said...

Love, love, love!!!

Tonia @Chic Modern Vintage said...

I love the color, but I just can't paint wood floor, but it looks lovely.

Teresa Hatfield said...

Great project with great results!
Teresa (Splendid Sass)

Kate@TwentySixToLife said...

Wow, what a change! Looks great!

Erin said...

I love it! I do adore a good painted floor, and I like the colour you chose.

stylewannabee said...

Any suggestions on how to prep a cement slab floor so it can be painted?

Bailey@ peppermintbliss said...

No.Way. This might be my favorite of your magical transformations yet. I realllyyy want to do this now. What a sweet hubsy, I don't think mine would be very pleased about such a big project on a weekend either, but its amazing.

Brooke @ Blueprint Bliss said...

camila- it looks great!

Mrs. Chic said...

This looks amazing!

cassie @ hi sugarplum! said...

that is so gorgeous i can't even stand it!!!!! and yay for helper husbands!

vanessa said...

I love the floors! They look great. I think over time the "wear" may look just fine.

High-Heeled Foot in the door said...

Thanks everyone! So happy you all like it! It really was a breeze. If you are thinking about it I would totally do it and use break through.

I know painting wood floors is not for everyone, but they were in horrible shape so it is a big improvement.

With the finish of the break-through it shouldn't wear. It should (fingers crossed) stay that glossy and shiny with no nicks, etc.

As for painting on concrete I've never done it except for outdoor areas. If you are painting concrete inside here are some steps: http://www.hintsandthings.co.uk/workshop/paintingconcretefloor.htm

I ordered my paint via www.starscenic.com and they were great to work with. I had the owner himself answering my emails right away during a Sunday!

Lili said...

the color mirrors the edge of the glass shelves...it's so the right color for the floor...very nice

Chris said...

I'm so in love! What a great decision to paint the floors. It looks stunning!

Anonymous said...

Beautous! It looks great in your house. I love how it co ordinates with all you have going on.

Miranda said...

Good golly, that looks awesome! I love it.

My husband is totally like that too...except he wouldn't have been joking. I love that you posted those. ;) Great,great job. I bet you love it.

sherry said...

Fabulous!!!!!

twolovelyspaces said...

This looks great. Hubby's are great for this type of a job. :)

Emma said...

This looks great! Before you painted, did you remove any sort of finish or varnish from your floors?

Kate Collins Interiros said...

Amazing work, yet again! Love it!

liz @ bon temps beignet said...

I love how the whole room glows in the last pic. Awesome!

High-Heeled Foot in the door said...

I didn't have to sand the floor. I only did small sanding where I had put down wood filler.

According to the article I read it can even go on top of linoleum.

They do have a primer available at www.starscenic.com, but I was told that I didn't need to use it.

Funky Junk Interiors said...

What a fabulous outcome! And I love how the sky's the absolute limit with this one. Pattern? Distressed? Left new looking? How awesome. :)

Donna
http://funkyjunkinteriors.blogspot.com/

Rhoda @ Southern Hospitality said...

Hi, Camilla, your new floors look fab! So pretty. And how fun that you got to go to the Martha blogger party. That would be a blast!

Just Beachy said...

That looks so adorable , so courageous .

Ashley said...

Really, really, lovely. What a great solution!

(Btw, this is my first comment on your blog. I've been a lurker for awhile, but this project warranted a comment!)

Erika at BluLabel Bungalow said...

wow! your floors look amazing. i love how jon is so hands on with all your projects. i adore the beautiful home you are creating together.

Sophisticated Home said...

Very impressive! Thanks for sharing with us.

High-Heeled Foot in the door said...

I've gotten emails about painting cabinets with break-through. It looks like it can be done and there is a special primer for it!http://www.starscenic.net/shopping/pgm-more_information.php?id=121&=SID

Nikki said...

This looks awesome!

Christan said...

Will you please do a post on how to sweet talk your husband into helping with a DIY project? Yours seems to always do it with a smile!
(oh and your floors look great!)

Kristin Hjellegjerde said...

Admirable!!! And such a fun! Fun! Color!

pretty pink tulips said...

That Green is Gorgeous!!! Well done!

sheree said...

LOVE IT !!! LOVE IT !!! I have wooden floors in the living room and have been trying to decide what to do with them ... after seeing your fabulous efforts, I am tempted to try my hand at painting. Did I mention that I love your floors???

kayce hughes said...

Love the floors!

Averill said...

Super, super cute! The color really just perks the whole room up.

Rhiannon said...

WOW! Love Love the floors :-)

Katie said...

oh my goooosh! i love it! so fresh!

Liz @ It's Great To Be Home said...

So gorgeous! I've wanted to do this and I'm glad you took the plunge. :)

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simply seleta said...

It is so P E R F E C T !!!!

Vee said...

Love the bold color! The floor turned out great!

Jaime said...

Wow, that looks awesome. I would love to do something like that, but my mother would kill me if I painted the wood floors in my house. She and my real estate agent ganged up on me when I told them about my plans to pain out our wood trim!

I love the colour - so beach-y and relaxing.

Janell @ Isabella and Max said...

Wow, good for you, this looks fabulous. Janell

Design A-Peele said...

oh my gosh! Girl, I LOVE it!!! Soo happy!

Hello Lover... said...

So gorgeous and great tutorial - I wish I had the guts to do this in our home - but its in no way our forever home so I'm too afraid - way to go. I absolutely love how it turned out.

my favorite and my best said...

it is so so so great!! i love it hard.

Rachel@oneprettything.com said...

Wow, it looks fantastic! I *LOVE* that color! Thanks so much for the how-to, I'll be linking.

Sonia said...

looks fantastic! My husband would probably pass out if I told him to paint wood floor! lol. So, if you ever want to go back to the original wood, does this paint come off?

Gloria (The Little Red House with the White Porch) said...

Love your floor! I just discovered your blog and was so happy to see this tutorial. I think I am going to do this with one of my floors. Thanks for sharing!
Best regards,
Gloria

angela | the painted house said...

So charming! I LOVE painted floors.

Anonymous said...

OMG...I just LOVE your new floor. My house is 125 yrs. old and most of the floors are good but long ago someone painted my bedroom floor a tacky beige. I am planning to paint it white and now I know which paint to purchase. Thanks!!! Bess in VA

victoriavm said...

Thank you for this post! I wish you had written it months ago :) But the floors look amazing (I also love your white cabinets with green knobs) and with your advice (and product recommendation!), I think I will undertake this project! Thank you thank you! :) I'm glad I found your blog!

Anonymous said...

Looks so cool! I'm definitely planning to paint my yucky commercial black vinyl tiles (complete with lovely white specks in them to simulate dirt I suppose) in my kitchen. I have a question I hope you wouldn't mind answering (I emailed the company - Tayler, but didn't receive a response). I've seen other specialty paint of this type warn against using rollers to apply, but you guys used a short nap roller - did you have any difficulty? Looking back do you think using a brush would have made a difference? Thanks!

Abby & Her Boys said...

awesome job! i love it!

SplendidMinta said...

be still my heart! Even on top of linoleum you say??? i might just be painting my 70's lino this weekend. WOO HOO!

Nattie said...

OH WOW! what an awesome idea!! I thought painting a floor would be a bad idea with all the walking around on it, BUT seeing this proofing it totally wrong! now all I have to do is to convince the mr to paint our wooden floor board! :P THANKS FOR SHARING!

Cassie said...

LOOOOOOVE THIS!!!!!!!

Vanessa said...

Great tutorial! I've been wanting to paint our inside wooden floors but was wondering if you could also use it on a covered wooden porch floor. Do you think this paint would work? Or is it just interior paint? Can you buy it locally or do you have to order it online?
Thanks!

rebecca geldard said...

awesome post. i found the picture of a kitchen with the same colour floor windsor smith decorated in my latest Instyle. I'm about to do my floors yet was thinking white, but you might have changed my mind. good on you!

scmtngirl said...

I have thin-strip oak wood floors similar to yours that are in pretty bad shape - having them sanded and refinished would be prohibitively expensive. This seems like a really good alternative. Did you use the satin or gloss finish product?

Jenn & Tom Jorgensen said...

So brave and so beautiful!

Kirra Sue said...

So I don't think I've ever been so in love with someone elses kitchen in my LIFE. Your floors make me want to cry happy tears. Oh for the love of teal. I am bookmarking this away and when we ever (IF EVER) own our own place- I want to do this! Thanks so much for the tutorial. Amazing.

Anonymous said...

I ADORE the floor and your color choice. Now that it's several months later, have you had any scratching, or has it held up well?

Allie said...

LOVE THE FLOORS!!! How big/active are your dogs and how are the floors holding up? Great project!

Anonymous said...

I love this floor also and now that it is november wondering if you can give us an update: how is it faring? is it still a nice glossy color? what about the doggies? please post! thanks, M

Bringing Pretty Back said...

THANK YOU! I have been torn over what color to paint our concrete floor in our new little home and have been think "safe" colors. I love this so very much! I think I am going to do what I want and paint hte floor PINK! THANK YOUUUU!!!!
Have a pretty day!
Kristin

Jerilynn said...

How is it holding up? I am so ready to paint my floors!

Sanorah said...

It has been a while since you posted this, how are the floors wearing?

HeidiT said...

It's been a few months, and I'm also wondering how the floors have held up??

My husband and I are planning to paint our kitchen floors (our house seems to be about the same age with the same type of wood flooring). We have 3 small-medium sized dogs, so durability and abrasion-resistance are key to us! Do you think this paint can be sealed with a poly for extra durability?

Hoping to hear your response soon! I love your blog! It gave me the motivation & inspiration I was looking for :-D

bobmon1500 said...

Looks great and going to attempt it myself!!! How is it holding up, now that it's been almost a year?

SarahTX said...

This is the best idea ever!! I've hated my kitchen floor for like 4 years now, (inherited house, inherited ugly ugly linoleum) but haven't even come close to being able to afford anything new. But I know under the linoleum is hardwood that is already ruined so it seems that paint is a genius solution! Thank you so much for the inspiration. Should I be worried about removing the stove/dishwasher/fridge/washer/dryer? (Kitchen connects to laundry room) I mean, I can do all that without professional assistance, right? Also, I think I want to do black/white checkerboard pattern with the paint. Crazy?

Anonymous said...

Also very interested to know how the floor is holding up, as we are about to paint the bedroom floor! Please let us know. Thank you!

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Barb- NICUGypsy said...

JUST found this info about using on concrete-

Q: CAN I USE BREAK-THROUGH! ON HORIZONTAL SURFACES?

A: YES. BREAK-THROUGH! Is suitable for interior concrete and wood floors that are subject to foot traffic and forklift traffic. When coating floors, proper surface preparation is critical. New concrete should cure for least 30 days, preferably 90 days prior to painting, and have a pH of less than 10 before painting. The concrete should be clean and dry and free of all contamination. To ensure proper adhesion, the concrete must have a profile which can be done by using an etching cleaner or muriatic acid and then rinsed thoroughly with water to neutralize the surface.



BREAK-THROUGH! Is self-priming to concrete; two coats are recommended. The first coat serves as a primer and can be thinned 5 to 10%, and an unthinned coat is use for the second coat. The dry time 12 hours for foot traffic and 24 to 36 hours for forklift traffic (Dry time is based on 77 F, 50% humidity, at the recommended film thickness according to the technical data sheets.) Please see each specific product date sheet for more precise dry time for forklift traffic. (BREAK-THROUGH! Should not be used when subject to hot tires.)

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