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YOU CAN PAINT A VINYL FLOOR!

 I love how Hexagon tile looks in kitchens.

Hexagon tile

AMAZING HEXAGON PATTERNS ABOUND! LITTLE GREEN NOTEBOOK

Especially in OLD HOUSE kitchens where it makes sense..like it could have been that way forever….

Hexagon Tile

…AND I STILL HOPE to have a kitchen with HEXAGON tile..someday…but alas, when it came time to address the floor in our kitchen makeover…we realized that the height of tile..on top of our existing floor which is on top of two existing floors on top of a sub floor –  would make the floors too high and potentially too heavy for the room and in relation to cabinets. If we ever were to gut the kitchen…the HEX would be what I would do..but for now….instead…I had to work with what we had.

Sometimes this happens in a renovation. Or even a small makeover. You have these dreams, of the perfect “this or that” within whatever budget you have allowed…and your each a point where items need to be re-THOUGHT. Perhaps changed.I aways look at the “DREAM” part as kind of my jumping off point. What is wonderful is that some of my BEST discoveries and outcomes were borne of a budget constraint or a mistake…so don’t let the limitations stop you…let them INSPIRE YOU!

So what to do? Given time and budget (our home was being photographed for Family Circle in 3 weeks!!!) I had to make a decision fast. I decided to work with what I had – which was a 5 year old high end vinyl floor. As it turned out,  the floor offered a great base to PAINT!!!  and so..that is what I did!

paintedfloor HOW I DID IT:

1. Cleaned the floor thoroughly. I used TSP and scrubbed and scrubbed and scrubbed. Until the water ran clean…and then I scrubbed some more!!!!!

BEFOREthis floor was nasty...dirty and old...but intact and I liked the underlying pattern...

BEFORE …this floor was  intact and I liked the underlying pattern…

2. Used TSP to clean it some more.

3. Designed my pattern….Our existing floor had a pattern of squares which gave me a template of sorts to work with. It also enabled me to make straight lines..this was an invaluable help!

I used to graph paper to make my design.

I used to graph paper to make my design.

4. PRIMED the floor with SKILZ primer which I had tinted to one of the gray colors.

5. Touched up the trim with Benjamin Moore – Mountain Peak White and “CUT in” the floor around the edges…

I cut in the shoe mould around the base of the room with a coat of fresh paint.

I cut in the shoe mould around the base of the room with a coat of fresh paint.

6. I originally designed a Herringbone Pattern  – but when i got 4 colors down…it was much too busy, so i changed to a “modified Chevron” design.

I started with 4 colors...it was too too busy so I took it down to TWO colors

I started with 4 colors…it was too too busy so I took it down to TWO colors

7. I Taped off the lines to get them nice and straight…you will need a few rolls of tape for this part..it goes fast! I did ALL of one color first…then OF ALL the second color….

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8. Removed the taped…touched up the bleed throughs…and then touched up THOSE bleed throughs..rinse and repeat!!!

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9. LET IT DRY

LEVEL OF DIFFICULTY – MAYBE A 5 ….TEDIUM – 9  -BUT ULTIMATELY EASY TO DO.

IF YOU HAVE KIDS THEY LOVE REMOVING THE TAPE!!!!

Honestly the hardest part was keeping people out of the kitchen for a few days while I let it dry…

 I covered the floor with a large plastic drop cloth which was great!

COST:

BENJAMIN MOORE PORCH AND FLOOR PAINT 2 quarts  $15.00/each

1.Coventry Gray and 2. Tucker Gray

2. SKILZ Primer $25

3. Cleaning supplies etc $20

Total: $60

Our cat TIGER spent MORE time in the kitchen during the painting process than he ever has in his life!!! I think he was looking for his food, which usually sits in the window sill…away from the dogs…

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IMG_0537 IMG_0539 THE pattern extends into the laundry room…

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I JUST RE-PAINTIED THE KITCHEN FLOOR IN PREPARATION FOR PUTTING IT BACK ON THE MARKET. IT LOOKS SO FRESH AND CLEAN…LIKE A NEW FLOOR!

IMG_0529 and Tiger would still like to know where his food went???

HAVE YOU VERE PAINTED A FLOOR?

HAVE YOU EVER PAINTED A VINYL FLOOR?

HAVE A GREAT DAY!

KITCHEN

Leslie

MONDAY MAKEOVER – PAINTED VINYL KITCHEN FLOOR

paintedfloor HOW I DID IT:

1. Cleaned the floor thoroughly.

BEFOREthis floor was nasty...dirty and old...but intact and I liked the underlying pattern...

BEFORE …this floor was nasty…dirty and old…but intact and I liked the underlying pattern…

2. Used TSP to clean it some more.

3. Designed my pattern….

I used to graph paper to make my design.

I used to graph paper to make my design.

4. PRIMED the floor with SKILZ primer which I had tinted to one of the gray colors.

5. Touched up the trim with Benjamin Moore – Mountain Peak White and “CUT in” the floor around the edges…

I cut in the shoe mould around the base of the room with a coat of fresh paint.

I cut in the shoe mould around the base of the room with a coat of fresh paint.

6. I originally designed a Herringbone Pattern but changed my pattern when 4 colors looks too busy…the result is a kind of “Chevron meets Stripes” pattern

I started with 4 colors...it was too too busy so I took it down to TWO colors

I started with 4 colors…it was too too busy so I took it down to TWO colors

7. Taped off the lines to get them nice and straight…

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8. Removed the taped…touched up the bleed throughs…and then touched up THOSE bleed throughs..rinse and repeat!!!

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9. LET IT DRY

This was not a difficult project..TEDIOUS YES,

but EASY TO DO.

The hardest part was keeping people out of the kitchen for a few days while I let it dry…

FINALLY, I devised this “ISLE OF PLACEMATS” system…

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which allowed folks to come in the kitchen… ONLY if they stepped on the placemats!!!

COST:

BENJAMIN MOORE PORCH AND FLOOR PAINT 2 quarts  $15.00/each

1.Coventry Gray and 2. Tucker Gray

2. SKILZ Primer $25

3. Cleaning supplies etc $20

Total: $60

TIGER spent MORE time in the kitchen during the painting process than he ever has in his life!!! I think he was looking for his food, which usually sits in the window sill…away from the dogs…

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IMG_0537 IMG_0539 THE pattern extends into the laundry room…

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I AM IN LOVE WITH MY KITCHEN FLOOR!!!

AND THAT MY FRIENDS…IS A WRAP!!!

THE KITCHEN IS DONE!!!!

IMG_0529 and Tiger would like to know where his food went???

Leslie

PAINTING VINYL FLOORS – HERRINGBONE PATTERN

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ARTIST RICHARD WOODS AMAZING DESIGNS HAVE INSPIRED ME

The last step in the (SEEMINGLY ENDLESS)

Kitchen Makeover is the FLOOR.

…..but here is my conundrum.

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The floor is layer upon layer of old vinyl and linoleum…and asbestos. problem.

…. FULL removal of all layers….will be an expensive, laborious process….and if history is correct…

…and then some.

Yes, I could add yet another layer, but we are getting to the point where our toes may not be able to fit under the cabinets with one more layer…and so…I have decided to PAINT THE VINYL!!!

….and I am loving this herringbone pattern!

Herringbone Interiordesign.net

Herringbone
Interiordesign.net

Herringbone-Paver-Pattern

herringbone brick love it!!!

HERRING

HERRINGbone

VINYL IS A SURFACE, like any other surface you might paint…wood, metal and Painting VINYL is not  impossible. You just have to take the correct steps to insure the paint sticks!!! Here is what I have done, thus far…

1. vacuüm the dickens out of the floor!

2. CLEAN THE FLOOR UNTIL THE soapy WATER IN THE MOP BUCKET water IS CLEAR.

3. WIPE THE CLEAN FLOOR DOWN WITH A TSP MIXTURE.

tri sodium phosphate...make sure to war protective gear when using this product.

tri sodium phosphate…make sure to war protective gear when using this product.

4. PAINT THE SHOE MOULD AROUND THE ROOM WITH A FRESH COAT OF PAINT (MOUNTAIN PEAK WHITE)

I cut in the shoe mould around the base of the room with a coat of fresh paint.

I cut in the shoe mould around the base of the room with a coat of fresh paint.

5. CUT IN THE EDGES WITH THE SKILZ PRIMER. I HAD THE PRIMER TINTED TO THE COLOR OF THE LIGHTEST “BLOCK” IN MY HERRINGBONE PATTERN.

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6. PRIME THE FLOOR AND LET DRY OVERNIGHT!!!

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I have drawn the pattern out dozens of time, mapping it, and utilizing the existing pattern on the kitchen floor…you can see it in this photo ..there are squares with smaller squares composed of dots in the center

what is it about cats...put some fresh paint down and th

what is it about kittys ?..put some fresh paint down and they will come out of hiding to walk all over it!!!

I used to graph paper to make my design.

I made my design on graph paper and I chose four colors from the new Benjamin Moore Williamsburg line of paints to make my Herringbone pattern.

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clockwise…from top left…slate, lamp black, tucker gray and bracken slate….

I am hoping that the almost “tone on tone” color scheme will create a nice pattern, NOT too busy but textured and interesting…tune in tomorrow to see where we are!!!If all goes well with the floor, I will varnish tomorrow.

 

 

 

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