6 Clever, Stylish DIY Fixes for Ugly Eyesore Floors

6 Clever, Stylish DIY Fixes for Ugly Eyesore Floors

Kate Legere
Feb 20, 2014

If you are looking to cover an eyesore of a floor— be it plywood, vinyl, or tile— here are 6 bold, geometric ideas to get you inspired.

1. Geometric Stenciled Floor, DIY from A Beautiful Mess: Sarah Sherman Samuel from, Smitten Studio & A Sunny Afternoon, wanted to spruce up the flooring in her new studio and decided the least expensive and biggest impact would come from painting the existing tile. She wanted the floors to have some personality, but she did not want them to compete with all the patterns she creates for A Sunny Afternoon products, so she came up with this floor design to compliment a couple of her favorite prints.

2. Black & White Checkerboard Floor, DIY from Amy Merrick: on a whim, Amy ripped up the vinyl floor in her kitchen and found an old, wooden floor underneath. After many hours of sanding and prepping, she decided to paint a ivory and black diamond checkerboard. You can find the before here.

3. Painted Floor, DIY from Tynan Kerr for Ship & Shape: Maddy tore out the carpet in her house to reveal hardwood flooring, which she refinished, but there remained defaced plywood subfloor in the porch area. She wanted to fix them up, and after months of contemplating many motifs, she finally had the bright idea to enlist friend and artist Tynan Kerr to paint a masterpiece.

4. V Patterned Floor, DIY from Retropolitan: Erika despised the tile floor in her laundry room, and decided painting them would be the most affordable option with the biggest impact. After some research and prep, she used painters tape to create a unique design.

5. Striped Linoleum Tile Floor, DIY from Design Sponge: Orlando covered an old floor with inexpensive linoleum tiles. By cutting them in half and laying them in a striped pattern, he made them look extra chic.

6. Screen-Printed Bathroom Floor, DIY from Lazy Cozy: when Rachel and her husband couldn't agree on whether to cover their paint-splattered plywood bathroom floor with tile or linoleum, Rachel decided to try a low-cost DIY using a favorite screenprint pattern. She papered the floor with thick lining paper and waterproof PVA, then tiled the floor with thick art paper already screenprinted with the pattern, and finally sealed it with three coats of the waterproof PVA.

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