How To Faux Finish a Vinyl Floor

Vinyl floors start to look unattractive as they get older. No amount of cleaning can return their once beautiful sheen. With no budget, you need to find an inventive way to make your vinyl floor look as good as new. The solution: faux finish your vinyl floor.


For this do-it-yourself project, you will need a couple of materials that should be available locally. These are:

  • Trisodium phosphate (TSP) cleaning powder
  • Water
  • Bucket
  • Mop
  • Scrub brush (preferably with a long handle)
  • Rags
  • Drywall Sandpaper (150-grit) and sanding pole
  • Liquid deglosser
  • Painter's tape
  • Plastic drop cloths
  • Primer/sealer
  • Paintbrushes (2 1/2-inch)
  • Roller frame
  • Roller pad (1/4” thick and 9 inches long)
  • Garage or porch paint
  • Paint tray
  • Polyurethane floor sealer


Here’s what you need to do:

  • Clean the vinyl floor. Use TSP to remove dirt, grease and grime from the vinyl floor. Prepare a mixture of ¼ cup TSP and 1 gallon water. Mop the whole floor with the cleaning solution. In order to get the solution into grooves and design patterns, use the scrub brush. Rinse off the cleaning solution with water then dry the floor thoroughly with dry rags.
  • Sand the vinyl floor. Sanding creates a rough surface on the vinyl floor. This will allow both the primer and the paint to adhere to the floor. Use a150-grit sandpaper attached to a drywall sanding pole. Make sure to sand the surface just enough to remove the gloss and get a rough feel. Be careful not to tear off the top layer of the vinyl floor.
  • Degloss the vinyl floor. Apply liquid deglosser on a damp rag. Use this over the whole vinyl floor. This will remove any remaining gloss as well as the dust created by sanding.
  • Protect the baseboards and adjoining floors. Stick painter’s tape on the bottom of the baseboards as well as in between adjoining floors. Plastic drop cloths should be placed on adjoining floors to protect them from splatters of paint. Make sure to seal the edge with painter’s tape.
  • Coat the vinyl floor with a primer/sealer. Using a paintbrush, apply a coat of primer/sealer around the sides of the floor. Next, use the roller to apply an even coat of primer/sealer to the rest of the vinyl floor. Let the primer/sealer dry overnight.
  • Paint the vinyl floor. With a clean brush, apply a layer of paint to the edge of the floor. Use the roller brush to coat the remaining surface with paint. Make sure to apply an even coating. Leave the floor to dry for at least a day. Paint it one more time if necessary. Again, dry the floor thoroughly.
  • Seal the vinyl floor. Polyurethane floor sealer is used to protect the newly faux finished vinyl floor from scratches and peeling. Using a clean paint brush, apply at least two layers of polyurethane sealer on the painted vinyl floor. Make sure to dry the floor well in between coatings and before stepping on the vinyl floor.

Faux finishing a vinyl floor is a great way to extend the life of your vinyl flooring. You can purchase all the materials you need from a hardware or paint store. Make sure to buy high quality primers, paints and sealers. With a little work, your old, unsightly vinyl floor will look brand new!


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