How To Stencil Your Linoleum Floor

OH EM GOODNESS. Guys, I’m finally getting around to blogging about stenciling my linoleum floors a whopping 8 weeks ago (seriously??).

Shortly after our Virginia governor issued a stay at home order, I decided it was the right time to completely redo our kitchen floor. I tried to document each step of the process, but please excuse the quality of these photos! Most of my work time was done after the kids were in bed, so the lighting is less than fantastic. But you get the gist!

I had been putting off this project for months because it seemed so daunting. When I finally decided to start, I had the stencil and paint on standby. In a sense, that was a good way to go (for me and my personality). I was feeling hopeful that our stay at home order wasn’t going to last more than a few weeks (HA!) so my attitude was still pretty optimistic.

I bit the bullet, and started with cleaning and priming the floor.

I mopped and vacuumed the floor before I started, and just laid the white paint on.

We went with a primer and sealer from Home Depot. This paint by Zinsser is an interior/exterior paint which gave me confidence that it would adhere well to our linoleum. Home Depot does also carry a paint specific for this type of project, but with a higher price tag. We shopped around, and have been happy with this one.

I ended up using two cans of the primer and sealant on our floors because, as you can see, it took several coats. I did about 3 coats to make sure I couldn’t see any roller marks.

Here is a link to the stencil I decided on! It’s well made and worked really well on this project.

The color I used for the stencil is called Greige.

I have two kids and three animals inside, so blocking off the whole kitchen wasn’t an option. The animals needed access to their food and water, the cat’s litter box is in a closet around the corner pictured here, and to the left is our downstairs bathroom. When I began stenciling, it was methodic. I made sure to only be blocking one area of the kitchen at a time. Fortunately, the paint dries very fast, and the stencil dries even faster.

As you can see, I did use a floor fan downstairs to speed up the drying process, but the floor dried within two hours without it.

Ta-da! Here’s the finished view of our kitchen nook!

Once I was done with stencil, I used a water based polyurethane to seal it. I did 3-4 coats total on the floor, focusing on our high traffic areas. Like I said, it’s been about 8 weeks since I’ve done it, and everything has held up really well!

Even the floor underneath our kitchen table has held up well with no scuffs!

If you have any questions, don’t hesitate to leave them in the comments!

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