How to Paint Linoleum or Tile Floors--Bathroom Makeover Part 2


A couple of months ago I shared Part 1 of the bathroom makeover we did at my daughter’s. Here’s a little reminder of what we did:

Last week we finally made it back to Vegas for some unfinished business on this bathroom—the floors! Although these floors are not actually tile (they are cheaper-than-cheap linoleum), everything we did will also work on tile floors.

Here’s what we used to paint the floors:


Not pictured:

  • Small dense foam roller

  • Items used to seal the floor after painting (see below)

First, we steamed the floor clean. This step is IMPORTANT! You don’t want any caked-on grime, hair or loose dirt to get in the way. We also taped off all the edges with blue painters tape.


Next, we added BB Frösch Paint Transformer to the paint so it would stick to the floor. We used double the amount of powder called for in the directions because we wanted to ensure excellent bonding.

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Kacey rolled the first coat of white over the whole floor. 


Floors are the one of the only times I use a roller to apply chalk/mineral paint. A brush would have taken a lot longer!

The first coat actually gave pretty good coverage. Whether I’m painting furniture or floors, I always go light on the first coat. I find that, for the best finish, it is better to do more thin coats than fewer thick coats. 


The second coat gave amazing coverage! 


Even though two coats looked like enough, we went ahead and painted a third, thin, coat for good measure.

Once the paint was dry, we began stenciling. We used the Kerala Tile stencil from Cutting Edge Stencils. Their stencils are my favorite for durability and cool/original patterns.

It can be really tricky to avoid paint seeping under your stencil. To avoid this as much as possible, I recommend using a small, dense foam roller. Load the roller with paint, then roll it around on a separate paint tray to remove much of the paint. Then, roll over the stencil. It will take a little longer to get good coverage, but it sure beats having to touch up lines where paint got under the stencil! 


We started in the corner that you see first when you walk into the bathroom. We knew there would be some areas where the tile pattern would not be whole, and we wanted those areas less visible.


We knelt on a towel while we painted over the stencil so we wouldn’t accidentally scuff the areas we had painted white.


One of the nice things about stencils from Cutting Edge Stencils, is they all come with little markers that help position the stencil each time you move it.


Notice the areas where there wasn’t room for the whole stencil to fit… 


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Once the majority of the floor was stenciled, we cut the stencil to fit in the areas under the cabinet, behind the door and around the toilet.


Here is what a partial “tile” looks like. It doesn’t look terrible, but I’d rather have it behind the door than by the tub. 


The stenciled tile pattern didn’t line up with the fake grout lines in the linoleum, but you can’t tell at all now that it’s painted! If I were painting actual tile, I would purchase a stencil that is the same size as my tile. 

Once the floor was painted and fully dry, we stopped to admire our work.


Then, it was time to seal. I recommend sealing right away because you don’t want all your hard work to get dirty or scuffed!

We used a water-based Polyurethane floor sealer and applied it with a small paint roller.

This was my first time using this particular floor sealer (I found it at Home Depot), and I will definitely use it again! 


Any time you are sealing a floor, follow the directions for the sealer you use. Be sure to position yourself so that you don’t have to step on any areas with freshly applied sealer as you move around the tight quarters of your bathroom. You can easily see where the sealer has already been applied in this photo because it is shiny. Just apply one thin coat, keeping a wet edge (ie don’t go back over areas that are already drying.) 


The first coat dried in less that two hours. If you live somewhere a little less hot and dry than Las Vegas, you can blow a fan into the room to help with dry time. We did not sand the first coat before applying the second coat, though you can to help with bonding. We let the second coat dry overnight.

This whole process took less than six hours. The third and final coat that we applied the following morning took just a few minutes to apply and about an hour to dry.

The sealer gave the floor such a beautiful sheen! 


I shared this process on my Instagram stories, and we received a LOT of questions! See below for the most common ones. But first…





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1. Did you sand the floor as well, or just clean it?

We did not sand first. However, scuffing a linoleum floor first with a coarse-grit sandpaper would definitely help with bonding.

2. Can this be done on tile as well?


3. How long does the process take start to finish…drying between coats, etc.?

The painting and first two coats of sealer took less that six hours, including drying time. The final coat of sealer was applied the next day.

4. Did you fill in the grout so that everything would be flat? 

Since this is linoleum, there were no real grout lines. If this were actual tile, we would not fill in grout lines, but we would have chosen a stencil that was the same size as the tile.

5. What did you use on the first coat?

The base coat is Behr “Polar Bear” mixed with BB Frösch Paint Transformer.

6. Do you do anything special to seal it?

We used a water-based Paolyurethane floor sealer and followed the directions on the back.

7. How do you clean the floor afterwards?

As long as the painted floor is sealed, you can clean as usual! We typically use a damp mop. I would avoid excessive scrubbing, however.

8. Will it chip off?

As long as you use plenty of powder to help the paint bond to your floor, and you seal the floor when you are done, you shouldn’t have any issues with peeling or chipping. 

9. You say “plenty” of powder, but how much is that? What’s the ratio to use powder to paint?

The standard ratio is 2 heaping tablespoons of BB Frösch Paint Transformer (plus 1 to 1 1/2 T water) for every 8 oz (cup) of paint. However, adding extra powder will not hurt your paint and will help with bonding. You can double or triple your powder for less porous surfaces like floors.

10. Can you paint concrete?


A little reminder of  what we started with a couple of months ago:



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