Last summer, I painted my bathroom floors. They were a horrid shade of beige and were such a bummer to look at. I could have waited until we had the time and money to do it right, but sometimes you just want the ugly gone NOW. This was one of those times. So while my husband was away on a business trip, I painted and stenciled the floor. I was so sure he would hate it, but to my surprise, he loved it. It has been a year now, so it’s time for an update on my painted vinyl floor.
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How are the floors holding up after a year?
After a year, I still love it. It’s a million times better than the ugly glittery beige that was there. My painted vinyl floor is easy to clean and is still looking great.
I have a few flakes coming off, but it’s the floor chipping, not the paint. The flakes are under the bath mat, but I should probably touch them up soon.
There are a few spots on the edge of the bathtub that are flaking. I would guess those spots are coming up because they get splashed more with water.
These are extreme closeup photos of the spots. In real life, you would really have to look for flaws. Despite these spots, I think it still looks great!
Why do I think my painted vinyl floor has held up so well?
- Intense prep work. I deglossed the floors before priming them with my favorite primer. This stuff is amazing. If it’s difficult to remove from skin, it will stick to a floor!
- Old floors. These floors were old enough that the original gloss finish had mostly worn away.
- Low use. This is not a heavy use bathroom at all. If it was, I would still try painting the vinyl, but I would use enamel or oil paint instead.
- Not a kid bathroom. My daughter occasionally uses it, but not for showers. My kids aren’t great at using the shower curtain correctly, so I’m not sure it would hold up well in their bathroom.
Do I expect them to hold up this well forever?
No. This was a temporary fix to get rid of the ugly.
Estimated cost of project
$12 Primer (already owned
$12 each color Paint
$18 Top coat (already owned)
$2 Foam roller (already owned)
So I spent about $40 to paint an ugly floor. Even if it only lasted a few months, I would say that was money well spent.
Would I do it again?
Absolutely! The problem areas will be touched up and the whole room could use another coat of poly. There are heavy duty clear coats, like the one that I used on my concrete that I can use. The cost for paint and a stencil was much less expensive than even the cheapest tile. It was worth it to spend a bit of time making an ugly room pretty, even if it’s just temporary.
At the moment, we have no plans on changing the floors. They make me smile every day and I have no regrets with painting them.
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