Patterned Vinyl Floor
When I was puttering around with ideas for our guest bathroom for the One Room Challenge, the floor was a major dilemma. I’ve retiled floors before and… it’s intense. It requires lots of time, lots of materials, and little things like removing toilets and pulling apart baseboards. Given our chaotic house this month… none of those things sounded like anything I wanted to get into. So… I painted ’em!
How to Paint a Bathroom Floor
(Materials list at the end of the post.)
Step 1. Sand.
This floor was a solid sheet of linoleum or vinyl or something. It has a slight texture to it, but I started by sanding the whole surface with our orbital sander to remove the sheen.
Step 2. Clean.
With an old sponge, I wiped down the floor with TSP. Use rubber gloves so as not to irritate your skin.
Step 3 and 4. Prime and Paint.
I edged the floor with an angle brush and then used a small foam roller to give it one coat of primer. The next day, I repeated the same step with Benjamin Moore’s Floor and Patio paint in White Dove because I already had it in my stash. It took about 3 coats to get a solid finish. If you ask at the paint store, they will raise their eyes and tell you NEVER to prime when using porch and floor paint. But, I trust my blogging pals and used the primer first. #sorrynotsorry
Step 5. ADD PATTERN!
I suspect this is the part of the tutorial that you’re here for! I chose a graphic hex pattern that I LOVE (called tumbling blocks) but it isn’t the easiest to maneuver/ measure out. The basic shape is a hexagon. I made a hex template and cut it out of a cereal box. Life cereal to be specific, but you can use any cereal box. I used a long straight edge to make sure my hexagons were in line and traced them lightly with pencil right onto the bathroom floor. I also poked a hole in the middle of each hexagon and made a mark as I traced.
Once I’d traced the entire hex pattern across the floor, I grabbed my Sharpie pen. It’s SUPER important that you use an oil based sharpie paint pen and NOT a plain ol’ Sharpie. The latter will wear off over time. Again… using my long straight edge to make sure my hexagons were lined up, I traced the pattern. I found it was easier to draw one edge at a time so I didn’t have to move my straight edge over and over. I had a rag/ towel on me and wiped the ruler edge after each line to prevent smudging.
Once the honeycomb pattern was finished, THEN I went back with a ruler and added the interior lines that made up the ‘tumbling block’ allusion.
- Trace pattern with pencil.
- Trace pencil lines with Sharpie paint pen.
- Add lines to middle of the hexagon pattern.
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- Floor and Patio Paint
- Trim/ Angle brush
- foam roller
- Sharpie Paint pen
- straight edge
- Life Cereal
I’ll update this post to let you know how the paint pen holds up. It took an afternoon to fill in and I only used ONE paint pen so… even if it wears off over time, super easy to go back over and refresh. Because this is a guest bathroom it gets about 8 days of use a year so I’m hopeful the floors will stand up over time!
Don’t forget to tune in next week for the final REVEAL of the bathroom, and make SURE to head over to the link up to see what everyone else has been up to with their One Room Challenge spaces!