DIY Room Decor: How To Paint Over Vinyl Floor Tiles

DIY Room Decor: How To Paint Over Vinyl Floor Tiles

Tara Bellucci
Feb 15, 2014
(Image credit: Mary Wiseman Design)

Sad vinyl flooring is a fact in many kitchens and bathrooms across the country. Mary shows us how to paint over them, using a classic checker pattern, with this very do-able DIY.

Skill Level: Moderate
Time Required: 8-10 hours (drying time might vary depending upon the size of the floor and the weather conditions)
Project Cost: Under $100
(Image credit: Mary Wiseman Design)

What You Need


  • Sandpaper (180 ct)
  • Deglosser
  • Face mask & rubber gloves
  • Clean cloth or rag
  • Primer
  • Floor paint
  • Painters tape
  • Paint rollers
  • Disposable sponge brushes
  • Small paint brush for touch-ups
  • Paint tray
  • Sealant (optional)


(Image credit: Mary Wiseman Design)

1. Prepare the old vinyl by sanding the floor tiles with sandpaper. After sanding, vacuum the area.

2. Degloss the old vinyl: This is is a somewhat caustic process, so be sure to wear protective eye wear, gloves, and to your best to ventilate the work area. The deglosser is applied with a clean cloth and removes any finish the sandpaper didn’t get.

3. Prepare for painting and prime: Tape around the walls & floorboards. Thinly apply 2 coats of primer, making sure the first is completely dry before applying the second coat, about 45 minutes.

(Image credit: Mary Wiseman Design)

4. Apply a base coat thinly with rollers, using two coats and allowing the first to dry completely before applying the second.

(Image credit: Mary Wiseman Design)

5. Tape off the squares you would like to keep the base color.

Tip: When taping, follow the lines of the original vinyl tiles for easy guidance.

6. Using a sponge brush, apply your second color to every other square. Apply two coats, allowing both coats to completely dry before removing the painters tape.

7. Touch up any areas, and coat with a sealant if desired.

Thanks, Mary!

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