Painting Kitchen Floors

Get tips for painting kitchen floors.


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Peter Rymwid

If you're looking for an affordable and stylish way to spruce up your kitchen, try painting your hardwood floor. With just a few coats of paint, you can brighten up your cooking space and give it a shabby chic look.

Flooring Options for Kitchens

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Bring warmth underfoot with natural hardwood flooring.


Perfect for the industrial look. Concrete is non-porous, easy to maintain and can be stained almost any color.


Cork is a great choice for kitchen floors because it is resilient, soft and helps to reduce noise.

French Roof Tiles

For a truly rustic look, choose authentic roof tiles from France.

Travertine Tiles

Travertine tiles are available in a variety of attractive neutral colors to complement almost any decor.


A low-cost alternative, laminate can mimic almost any look including wood, stone or marble.

White and yellow tend to be the most popular colors for kitchen floors. Both colors create a light and airy ambiance in the kitchen and make the space feel more relaxed. Stencils are another way to spruce up your kitchen floor. With just a stencil pattern, a few jars of acrylic or stencil paint, a stencil brush, painters tape, and a few paper towels or a rag, you'll be able to make an artistic statement on your floor.

There are tons of stencil patterns to choose between, from smaller geometric designs to diamond shapes to big and bold patterns that can be used on all types of surfaces, including concrete and wood. Stenciling can be tricky to master, but if you prepare properly and do a few practice runs, you'll become a pro in no time. Another fun way to use paint in your kitchen is by painting your floor a solid color and painting a faux rug on top.

To ensure that your painted floors look their best, it's essential to clean, sand and prime them before you begin painting. The type of paint you choose for your floors is also very important. Many paint companies such as Sherwin-Williams and Benjamin Moore make enamel paint that can be used on floors. By using this type of paint, you'll ensure the entire process will be easier and the paint job will last a long time.

When you're ready to start painting, cover your appliances, countertops and any furniture with dropcloths. Then, sand the floor, preferably with a handheld orbital sander in order to work more quickly. Once you're done sanding, you'll need to clean the floors thoroughly to get rid of any dust and debris. If you notice any holes in the floor, use a wood filler to patch them up.

To apply the primer, use a paint roller and let it dry overnight. Once it's dry, sand the floors again to smooth out any areas and then use a tack cloth to get rid of any remaining dust.

When you're ready to apply your paint, make sure to use a thin layer for each coat. You'll most likely need a few coats, and it's important to let each one dry before applying the next. After you've applied the final coat, stay out of your kitchen for at least 24 hours, if not longer, to allow the paint to really harden.

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