Painting a Linoleum Floor

Color Therapy

Here's a project I'm about to try on my own apartment. A friend recently saw pictures of some of my other painted floor projects and said, oh can you do that for me?The big question here is that this is a rental in Brooklyn and renovation is really out of the question. The walls were just painted, which made the floors look all the uglier.

This had to be done fast--no week long project, which meant Bin Primer, acrylic floor paint and felt pads on the chair legs. Part of me wishes we had time for oil paint, though lately that's a bad word in some quarters, and this had to be done in a day.

That said, we wanted grey on grey (instead of black and white) and chose a base coat of Benjamin Moore Gunmetal 1602 , and painted squares of Adagio 1593. It was the easiest thing in the world to make a checkerboard pattern out of the lino grid and we didn't have to draw a thing. And I swear, once the base coat was down, it took two people and hour two times to paint light over dark. Who knew...

(Images: 1, 2. Mark Chamberlain, 3: Brian Gilmartin, 4:Alec Jackson)

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