So you're here to learn about my Buffalo Check painted floors!?!? Aren't the amazing!? Sorry, I just love buffalo check anything and when I had the idea to apply that love to my master bathroom floors in a recent makeover, I had no idea it would turn out so great! Now, I want to share that greatness with you!
Often times I'm asked, "Where do you get your DIY skills and ideas from?" Well today I have a real answer for that! I was showing my mom via the computer, the bathroom makeover (she lives 1,000 miles away) and she shared a story with me about my Grandma. She remembers, as a little girl, her mom being tired her old, cracked, and basically ugly, linoleum floors! They had 5 kids growing up in the 50's and certainly had no money for a new kitchen floor. Fed up with them no longer, she took to a can of paint and a brush to make those floors new again! She painted them white, then used a kitchen sponge to create a butterfly stamp, which she used in a pattern on the floor! It might be safe to say, my grandma started the painted stenciled floor craze sweeping PInterest, some 60+ years ago! So I guess I come by it naturally!
Ok. now to the "How To" part of this post! I started with basic, builder grade, vinyl "tile" flooring. This project took minimal supplies, was very cost effective, and produced great final results!
- Base Floor Color (amount will vary by square footage of project) For my project I used a half gallon and applied 3 coats. This was the Behr Premium Plus paint in the color Ultra Pure White in a matte finish.
- 3 additional graduating paint colors, (again amount will vary) I used 1 qt size of each color. Behr Premium Plus in Sparrow (light gray), Dark Ash (dark gray) and Black, all in a matte finish. If you are going to choose colors from scratch, it's a good idea to select colors as the progress up or down the color swatch. Or select one and have your paint store mix it regular, then again at 25%, and again down another 25% for your variant colors.
- Matte or Satin finish Polyurethane I used less than a gallon for 3 coats
- Small foam roller for each color
- 1.5" or 2" paint brush for each color
- painters tape (I recommend a type for fresh paint or delicate surfaces)
- tape measure
- straight edge
- heavy duty cleaner - I used TSP, ask for it at any hardware store
basic, vinyl sheet tile
STEP ONE: Clean your floors, very well, and let me dry completely!!!!! This step is very important. Any residue left behind will not allow the paint to adhere to the vinyl, therefore when you get to the step of removing the painters tape, the paint will come up too! I used hot water and TSP (a strong solvent cleaner) to cut through the grime, mostly hair spray, and build up.
STEP TWO: Paint the floors your base color (Ultra Pure White). My floors were becoming the same color as my trim, so at this step I didn't have to tape off the baseboards. However, this is a good time to tape them off anyway as you will need to when you get to the other colors. Also, tape off any fixtures that shouldn't get paint on them. For me, the bathtub, shower, etc.
First Coat, base color
a little scary at first! It gets better, I promise!
REPEAT STEP TWO: You will want a minimum of 3 coats of your base color, or until you can no longer see any of your previous flooring!
just keep rolling!
STEP FOUR: mark and tape your first set of lines, vertical. I had the benefit of the "grout" lines still coming through the base color, so I simply followed those to tape off my lines and squares. If you do not, you will need to use your tape measure, level, straight edge and pencil to mark vertical lines (and later horizontal ones). I would recommend 6-8 inches in width depending on the overall size of your room.
your new best friend for this project!!!
STEP FIVE: Paint in between the vertical tape lines you just made. Use the lightest (Sparrow) of the 3 colors for this step! It can seem confusing once all the tape lines are on the floor, so don't be afraid to mark an "X" with a pencil in the spaces you are NOT painting to help you along! You will need 2 coats before moving along! When dry, REMOVE TAPE!!!!
Paint the lightest color first!
when DRY, remove tape!
STEP SIX: Mark and Tape your horizontal lines following the same directions from step four.
MARK OFF YOUR
HORIZONTAL TAPE LINES!
STEP SEVEN: Paint in between the horizontal tape lines you just made. Use the medium (Dark Ash) color on this step. Again, feel free to use a pencil to mark off the areas to not be painted if you need to! You will want 2 coats before moving along! DO NOT REMOVE TAPE!
in between horizontal lines.
DO NOT remove tape!
STEP EIGHT: Add tape to make a square where your medium color (Dark Ash) intersects with the base color (Ultra Pure White). I know that sounds confusing... check out the picture below.
horizontal tape in tact
added small vertical pieces to make squares that line up where the medium color intersects with the base color.
STEP NINE: Paint the squares where the base color (Ultra Pure White) and the medium color (Dark Ash) intersect with your darkest color (Black). You will want 2 coats. When dry, you may remove ALL TAPE!!!!
darkest color (black)
inside smaller squares
STEP TEN: Seal, Seal, Seal! After you stare at your gorgeous new floors for a minimum of 10 minutes! Don't ruin all that hard work by not protecting them properly! I used a Satin finish polyurethane and a clean foam roller to apply 3 coats! Follow the instructions on your specific product for best results. For instance, my brand said to not apply more than 2 coats in a 24 hour period.
So that's it! 10 Easy Steps to creating a show stopping new floor! I love this in our Master Bathroom, but I can imagine it would look fabulous in a laundry room, mudroom, powder room, even a funky kids room! Let your imaginations run wild! If you haven't seen the entire reveal of our Master Bathroom Makeover, click here to check it out! I mastered modern, farmhouse decor for less than $500! I'd love for you to check it out.