Painting Bathroom Floors
Like most projects, I knew that painting my bathroom floor was going to be much more difficult then what it sounded. I knew it was going to pose challenges that I didn’t think of, like ALL of the projects that I have done. I HATED my bathroom floors from the moment that I set foot into this house. However, since we have lived here I have made them even worse (oops). So I spilled paint onto the floor. No big deal right. Well then I decided to take them off using a paint stripper….BIG DEAL! Hey, Nicole, it’s supposed to strip things. FACE PALM>>> So you could guess that it stripped the top coating of the linoleum right off leaving big chunks in it. Another FACE PALM>>
I knew that my husband and I couldn’t afford beautiful tile, and the tile at “recycle” stores are SO ugly and you have to kind of just get what is given to you. You don’t get any “fun” options. So, I figured, hey let’s just paint the floor! I was almost reconsidering it when I saw the “stick-on” tiles, but I would spend $100 on tiles and I had NO idea how long they would even last.
So, this project in and of itself was actually just not that difficult. It is pretty straight forward. However, my life circumstances are a bit more complex than most people’s and so THAT is what makes things difficult. I have a 10 month old puppy, 2 year old kitty, 3 year old toddler and a 2 year old toddler…oh and I am 33 weeks pregnant haha. So all of these factors create a less than amazing situation to get things done in a timely manner.
You can first check out my Bathroom Progress report to check out what the changes I have made to the bathroom since we have moved in. You can check that out here!
So these are what my floors looked like before the project…
I did a Bathroom Progress Report reveal a few months ago and the worst part about the entire bathroom was the floors.
So, the first thing that I did was tape around the bathroom where I didn’t want any paint to go (i.e. baseboards, bathtub and tub).
Look at this gross spot on the bottom right of the picture! No matter what I would do that wouldn’t go away!! And the gross line around the toilet wouldn’t go away either. So you could imagine how much I wanted new floors.
I decided to just buy a “Grab-n-Go” paint can from Walmart. I bought Antique white and it was only $10!
I was SO excited to get started!
So, this was kind of a difficult project to cordinate, because this is our MAIN (and basically ONLY shower) in the home. So I had to do one part during the day so that I could use the toilet during the night and I had to make sure that my husband could use the shower in the morning. But all-in-all, painting 4 layers of paint took two days.
Although painting was really easy, this process was REALLY difficult! Between a husband, a dog, a cat and two boys I had SO much hair on the floor at all times. I had to sweep what seemed like every second to make sure that I wasn’t painting hair into my floor. On top of this…apparently I have REALLY dirty feet and so do my animals. I was constantly seeing DIRT footprints on top of my white floors. GRRR…So this was kind of annoying. I figured out that I should just wear clean socks while I paint to avoid having my dirty feet get all over.
The first night I just painted on this side so that I could use the toilet during the night (I am 30 weeks pregnant…I pee 5 times a night).
This is after 3 (in some spots 4) layers of paint.
At this point I haven’t painted behind the door, because I didn’t know how to do that without closing the door and I didn’t trust the toddlers with the paint outside. So, I decided to wait till I was DONE with the rest of the floor to go back and finish this section.
I found some amazing and adorable stencils on Amazon that I could use for the floor, but the ones that I wanted were $30-$40 and I didn’t see any reason to spend that much money. So I found a $4 stenciles from Walmart and decided to buy it. The benefit from buying online for more expesnive is that they are nicer and better material. This stencil that I bought is super flimsy and so it keeps on moving as I am trying to paint. It is much harder, but I saved quite a bit of money.
I am trying to make sure that it stays straight and so I decided to go straight across.
I decided to just do all of the stencils that I could do full stencils. Going near the tub, around the toilet and near the sides will require me to fold the stencil in half. The hard part about doing it this way is that you might be a little crooked if you aren’t careful. You can tell the bottom stencil is a little slanted.
At this point I was hoping that it wouldn’t be too noticeable when i put more stencils around it.
I would love to share some of the trials that I ran into while stenciling the floor. So, obviously the hair thing which I already mentioned and also trying to keep people off of the floor (especially the animals) so that they won’t wreck the floor before I put finisher on it.
Okay, one HUGE tough problem that I had with the stencil is that no matter how hard I tried I could not keep some of the paint from going on the other side of the stencil. So the paint would get smeared on the floor where I didn’t want to. And then one awkward thing (that may add charecter, I can’t decide yet) is that some places are darker than others because they happened to get more paint than others. You can see that in the picture below.
I knew that i would have to go back and touch up some of the spots where the paint smeared. You can see where some of the paint smeared in the top photo and then in the bottom photo you can see where it got a little spotty. So, although this was fixable I was little upset that I had to add ANOTHER step to my list which was taking white paint and touching up where I didn’t want the black paint.
So then I took the white color and I painted all of the places where I know I messed up on.
And then I took Water Based Pollycrillic over the top. I just did one coat. You will want to do one coat at a time or it will look smudged and streaky.
One thing that the poly did with my paint was some of the black paint smudge. It is kind of bizzare. Even though the black paint it completley dry, my poly almost took it off. There was one part that I lightly brushed the clear poly over my stencil and then the clear poly ended up having a black tint to it. I have never see that happen before! Hopefully with the second coat it doesn’t do that. There is a really nice shine over the stencil now.
I decided that I really liked the poly look and I was excited to continue with the
So this is when I was ALMOST finished with the stenciling 🙂
At this point I hadn’t started behind the door because I had to make sure that I had that free because I couldn’t close the door and leave the kids unattended. BAD things happen when you leave the kids to their own devices. I usually did this work when husband was home, but there some times that television was my best friend for a few minutes while I painted.
Okay, so yes I LOVE the outcome of my floors. BUT the point of this blog isn’t to show you all of the roses and smell goods of each project. The point of this blog is to show you the BAD and the UGLY too! So although I love the outcome of this project there were times that it didn’t look so good. I knew that I could make it look pretty but a stencil posed harder to work with then I thought. The main sections were no problem at all, but the side of the tubs, the wall, the sink and the toilet caused a lot stress.
You can see some of the problems here: You can check out some of the problems!
Next to the tub was difficult because I had to fold the stencil and then it made it all clunky. So then I had to repaint over these marks to start over.
Sometimes when moving the stencil there would be paint on the other side of the stencil and then there would be smudges.
Because you are working with paint and a stencil, there are some places that are going to just have a little bit more paint than others. And so some places it turned out to be a little bit “blocky” looking and it was darker.
This was definitely the worst looking part of the bathroom before I fixed it. I didn’t know how to get close to the bathtub. I thought it was going to be impossible to even make it work.
Going around the toilet was the hardest part about the entire bathroom. It was difficult to match up the stencil shapes and to go around the toilet smoothly. I had to go back and fix this before the final reveal.
So I was almost finished with the floors and I was pretty excited to start putting more polycrillic on top when…
My kids took a bath and a whole bunch of water spilled up and over the side of the bathtub and then I forgot to clean it up! So wet water was sitting on my none coated painted (oops) and so it peeled away! I was VERY sad!
So…back to square one. I had to repaint the white and then repaint the stencil…
Although I was upset that I had to start over it really wasn’t that difficult. I coated this HARD haha.
I went back and painted the edged and had to hand stencil some parts around the bathtub and walls. BUT at this point my project was ALMOST done and I couldn’t be happier!
Of course it would not be the end of bathroom floors without one more trial! I decided to take off the tape and it ripped some of the paint off with it!
So I had to paint over it and then put MORE poly on top of it so I can make sure that it doesn’t happen again!
So here are the end pictures of the bathroom floors!
Spare Bathroom Floors
I decided to add the spare bathroom floors onto this post, because it’s the same project just in a different room.
These are the before pictures of the floors. This bathroom has turned into my awkward room that I throw my craft supplies in.
And these floors and gotten BEAT up through my projects! And these floors were gross before anyways.
So far I have only painted one coat of white paint. I will update the bathroom project when I complete the spare bathroom!