Before & After: Alexa’s Affordable Stenciled Vinyl Bathroom Floor Makeover

updated May 4, 2019
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Alexa may one day completely renovate this bathroom and add a great tile floor, but she wasn’t quite ready to make that leap. But this old gray sad vinyl floor covering sure wasn’t doing this room any favors. So she grabbed a cheery color of paint, a stencil and completely redid the look of this small bathroom without spending a lot of time or money!

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From Alexa:

For this project I wanted to update the old gray rolled vinyl flooring in my bathroom. Eventually I’d like to remodel the entire bathroom and update it with tile and while I’m not quite ready to make that move yet, this project was inexpensive, relatively simple, and really brightened up the room.

Here’s how I did it:

1. Sanded the vinyl with a find grit sandpaper
2. “Sanded” it again with a liquid deglosser
3. Primed it with a heavy duty primer
4. Painted it (needed a few coats) with deck and floor paint
5. Applied the stencil, which was easy because the square lined from the vinyl are still there if you look closely
6. Applied three coats of water-based polyurethane

It sounds like a lot of painting, bit once the prep was done, the room is so small, a coat of paint or urethane went on in 10 minutes. I was a bit concerned that the paint my scratch or peel, but so far so good, no issues with either.

Thank you Alexa!