9 Ways to Upgrade Your Existing Floors For As Little As $50

published Aug 25, 2016
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If you hate your floors, but are a little short on cash, I’ve got good news. A new floor can cost a ton of money — but it doesn’t have to. Here are nine budget-friendly ideas for upgrading your existing floors so you can get a whole new look without spending a whole lot of money.

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This vinyl floor cloth, demonstrated by designer Kerra Michele Huerta in an article from the Washington Post, is a great option for renters as well as homeowners on a budget. The floor cloth, which cost $260, was simply cut to fit and placed over the existing tile.

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(Image credit: Design Sponge)

If you prefer to DIY, Design*Sponge has step-by-step instructions for creating a hand-painted canvas floor cloth.

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Joshua of A Beautiful Mess created an incredibly inexpensive new floor for his laundry room with vinyl tiles cut into a graphic pattern.

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This project from Shark Tails is a little more involved — it included lots, and lots, and lots of cutting — but in the end blogger and DIYer Allison created a beautiful, high-end looking floor, all from inexpensive vinyl tiles.

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This DIY floor from Lazy Cozy isn’t tile — it’s actually made of paper. Blogger Rachel printed the pattern onto thick art paper, She covered the existing floor with lining paper and a waterproof PVA sealer, and then laid down the floor paper, followed by a few more layers of PVA.

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These vinyl floor tile stickers, available from Quadro Style on Etsy, are a great option for renters or anyone on a budget. Has anyone had any experience with these or similar products?

One way to dress up a wood floor: paint it! This project, from Tidbits from the Tremaynes, actually involved laying down plywood on top of an existing tile floor, and then painting it.

Lindsey from High Heels and Training Wheels skipped the plywood and painted a pretty pattern onto the vinyl tile in her kitchen.

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Pretty much any kind of floor can get an update from a little bit of paint — like this concrete patio spotted on Little Green Notebook, which is now anything but average.