DIY: Painted Kitchen Floor for $50!

So happy that everyone has been enjoying the new kitchen floors!

Here is a little DIY on how to achieve the same look. It really wasn’t hard. Me and Jon actually agreed that it was one of the easiest projects we have ever done.
Step 1: Prep the floor.
Because our sweet Bear had chewed through part of the floor we went around with wood filler and fixed any holes. We had done this the week prior to painting just due to time constraints. You can do it closer to painting if needed. We sanded everything down Friday evening.

Step 2: Clean up. You can swiffer or mop your floor a couple of hours before painting it. The floor will need to dry so it can not be done right before painting. An easy clean up right before painting and after sanding wood filler spots (we had crazy dog hair as well) would be a good sweep.

We also did a quick vacuum job: I told Jon to look happy, but I don’t think painting floors on a Friday night was his idea of fun!

STEP 3: Tape it up.
We had a bunch of moulding in the kitchen so we needed to tape. Please remember if you use painters tape to remove it while the paint is still wet. If not the paint will stick to the tape and while it won’t bleed through it will remove a bit of paint when you take the paint off. If you have a steady hand I recommend free handing all trim.

STEP 4: Supplies. Take out your supplies, because you are about to start painting!

After all of my research of painting floors the most recommended product was Valspar Oil-Based Porch and Floor paint. Well due to green laws NY state no longer sells oil-based paint. So I hit a dead end on that front. I thought about marine grade paint, but wasn’t certain if they could custom color and wasn’t too thrilled with the long drying time. Windsor Smith came to the rescue in the form of a recommendation in an old In Style article.

Enter Break-through. Break-through is low- VOCs and is one of the strongest paints out there. It turns tacky in about 30 mins from application and within 2 hours you can recoat. Once it is fully dries it has the strength and tough-ness of baked enamel! It only costs $44.99 for one gallon and it can be custom colored!

Along with that you will also need an extension pole for the roller. Plus you need to purchase a 1/4″ nap roller for a smooth finish.

Step 5: Paint! Remember to stir the paint. It is recommended to be shaken for 3-5 mins prior to opening the can. Jon was still super happy! Don’t you love his faces? He thinks he is being funny so I always threaten to post the pictures. Enjoy sweetheart! :)

The coverage on this paint is amazing! One thing to note is that because it is so quick drying you need to be fast with cutting and rolling. If you cut the entire room and then go with the roller afterwards the tacky paint in the cut area will lift and glob up on the roller. If this happens sometimes a second coat will fix it or you will have to let it fully dry and then sand that section and re-paint.

I swear this isn’t one of those projects where I say “we” and it was mainly Jon that did it. I helped during the entire project. Here is my paint stained butt to prove it! :)

Painting took about an hour and a half. Here is the room after one coat:

Step 6: Re-coat: We headed to bed after the first coat so around 1 am and then re-coated it at 7 am. This went super quickly and we finished in about 35 mins.

We then left for the weekend and came home to this:

I love it! So far it’s been great. I was terrified of the dogs being on it, but they haven’t scratched it at all. I’ve also cleaned it with a swiffer and nothing happened. We moved in the appliances last night and all went smoothly with that as well! So for $50 (we had the other supplies already) we got a completely new look for our kitchen.

The paint color is actually a jade green. I got it custom colored in Spruce Green by Benjamin Moore. This was the original color of the walls. Those got repainted in Glass of Milk from Martha Stewart and my favorite shade of green went on the floors instead.

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88 Responses to DIY: Painted Kitchen Floor for $50!

  1. Stephanie Sabbe says:

    love them camilla! so cheery!

  2. LindsB says:

    love love love LOVE this! They look amazing and really make the whole room look outstanding! It's such a chage from the blue walls and the wood floors. And I have to say my vote is for the painted floors, you made the right choice!

  3. The Brick Cottage says:

    Thanks for the info–I've never heard of that product. I am hoping that when the time comes for us to renovate our kitchen that I'll get to paint our floors (we have tile now so we don't know what's underneath).

  4. Scientific Housewife says:

    Wow, looks great!

  5. Ms. Bright says:

    I am SO scared to do this but SO inspired! What a difference! It makes your kitchen so light and cheery! LOVE it!!!

  6. Kelly Green says:

    What can I say but sensational!!!! Beautiful job – you two make a great team! KG

  7. Whatever Dee-Dee wants says:

    Oh my. It looks gorgeous! I love it!

  8. paula says:

    can not even express how much I love this!

  9. Pink Wallpaper says:

    Love, love, love!!!

  10. Tonia @Chic Modern Vintage says:

    I love the color, but I just can't paint wood floor, but it looks lovely.

  11. Teresa Hatfield says:

    Great project with great results!
    Teresa (Splendid Sass)

  12. Kate@TwentySixToLife says:

    Wow, what a change! Looks great!

  13. Erin says:

    I love it! I do adore a good painted floor, and I like the colour you chose.

  14. stylewannabee says:

    Any suggestions on how to prep a cement slab floor so it can be painted?

  15. Bailey@ peppermintbliss says:

    No.Way. This might be my favorite of your magical transformations yet. I realllyyy want to do this now. What a sweet hubsy, I don't think mine would be very pleased about such a big project on a weekend either, but its amazing.

  16. Brooke @ Blueprint Bliss says:

    camila- it looks great!

  17. Mrs. Chic says:

    This looks amazing!

  18. cassie @ hi sugarplum! says:

    that is so gorgeous i can't even stand it!!!!! and yay for helper husbands!

  19. vanessa says:

    I love the floors! They look great. I think over time the "wear" may look just fine.

  20. High-Heeled Foot in the door says:

    Thanks everyone! So happy you all like it! It really was a breeze. If you are thinking about it I would totally do it and use break through.

    I know painting wood floors is not for everyone, but they were in horrible shape so it is a big improvement.

    With the finish of the break-through it shouldn't wear. It should (fingers crossed) stay that glossy and shiny with no nicks, etc.

    As for painting on concrete I've never done it except for outdoor areas. If you are painting concrete inside here are some steps:

    I ordered my paint via and they were great to work with. I had the owner himself answering my emails right away during a Sunday!

  21. Lili says:

    the color mirrors the edge of the glass shelves…it's so the right color for the floor…very nice

  22. Chris says:

    I'm so in love! What a great decision to paint the floors. It looks stunning!

  23. Anonymous says:

    Beautous! It looks great in your house. I love how it co ordinates with all you have going on.

  24. Miranda says:

    Good golly, that looks awesome! I love it.

    My husband is totally like that too…except he wouldn't have been joking. I love that you posted those. ;) Great,great job. I bet you love it.

  25. sherry says:


  26. twolovelyspaces says:

    This looks great. Hubby's are great for this type of a job. :)

  27. Emma says:

    This looks great! Before you painted, did you remove any sort of finish or varnish from your floors?

  28. Kate Collins Interiros says:

    Amazing work, yet again! Love it!

  29. liz @ bon temps beignet says:

    I love how the whole room glows in the last pic. Awesome!

  30. High-Heeled Foot in the door says:

    I didn't have to sand the floor. I only did small sanding where I had put down wood filler.

    According to the article I read it can even go on top of linoleum.

    They do have a primer available at, but I was told that I didn't need to use it.

  31. Funky Junk Interiors says:

    What a fabulous outcome! And I love how the sky's the absolute limit with this one. Pattern? Distressed? Left new looking? How awesome. :)


  32. Rhoda @ Southern Hospitality says:

    Hi, Camilla, your new floors look fab! So pretty. And how fun that you got to go to the Martha blogger party. That would be a blast!

  33. Just Beachy says:

    That looks so adorable , so courageous .

  34. Ashley says:

    Really, really, lovely. What a great solution!

    (Btw, this is my first comment on your blog. I've been a lurker for awhile, but this project warranted a comment!)

  35. Erika at BluLabel Bungalow says:

    wow! your floors look amazing. i love how jon is so hands on with all your projects. i adore the beautiful home you are creating together.

  36. Sophisticated Home says:

    Very impressive! Thanks for sharing with us.

  37. High-Heeled Foot in the door says:

    I've gotten emails about painting cabinets with break-through. It looks like it can be done and there is a special primer for it!

  38. Nikki says:

    This looks awesome!

  39. Christan says:

    Will you please do a post on how to sweet talk your husband into helping with a DIY project? Yours seems to always do it with a smile!
    (oh and your floors look great!)

  40. Kristin Hjellegjerde says:

    Admirable!!! And such a fun! Fun! Color!

  41. pretty pink tulips says:

    That Green is Gorgeous!!! Well done!

  42. sheree says:

    LOVE IT !!! LOVE IT !!! I have wooden floors in the living room and have been trying to decide what to do with them … after seeing your fabulous efforts, I am tempted to try my hand at painting. Did I mention that I love your floors???

  43. kayce hughes says:

    Love the floors!

  44. Averill says:

    Super, super cute! The color really just perks the whole room up.

  45. Rhiannon says:

    WOW! Love Love the floors :-)

  46. Katie says:

    oh my goooosh! i love it! so fresh!

  47. Liz @ It's Great To Be Home says:

    So gorgeous! I've wanted to do this and I'm glad you took the plunge. :)

  48. Deb's mind says:

    Brave but great choice!!! I think the color you chose is stunning. I just launched my blog today so I hope you join as a reader.

  49. simply seleta says:

    It is so P E R F E C T !!!!

  50. Vee says:

    Love the bold color! The floor turned out great!

  51. Jaime says:

    Wow, that looks awesome. I would love to do something like that, but my mother would kill me if I painted the wood floors in my house. She and my real estate agent ganged up on me when I told them about my plans to pain out our wood trim!

    I love the colour – so beach-y and relaxing.

  52. Janell @ Isabella and Max says:

    Wow, good for you, this looks fabulous. Janell

  53. Design A-Peele says:

    oh my gosh! Girl, I LOVE it!!! Soo happy!

  54. Hello Lover... says:

    So gorgeous and great tutorial – I wish I had the guts to do this in our home – but its in no way our forever home so I'm too afraid – way to go. I absolutely love how it turned out.

  55. my favorite and my best says:

    it is so so so great!! i love it hard.

  56. says:

    Wow, it looks fantastic! I *LOVE* that color! Thanks so much for the how-to, I'll be linking.

  57. Sonia says:

    looks fantastic! My husband would probably pass out if I told him to paint wood floor! lol. So, if you ever want to go back to the original wood, does this paint come off?

  58. Gloria (The Little Red House with the White Porch) says:

    Love your floor! I just discovered your blog and was so happy to see this tutorial. I think I am going to do this with one of my floors. Thanks for sharing!
    Best regards,

  59. angela | the painted house says:

    So charming! I LOVE painted floors.

  60. Anonymous says:

    OMG…I just LOVE your new floor. My house is 125 yrs. old and most of the floors are good but long ago someone painted my bedroom floor a tacky beige. I am planning to paint it white and now I know which paint to purchase. Thanks!!! Bess in VA

  61. victoriavm says:

    Thank you for this post! I wish you had written it months ago :) But the floors look amazing (I also love your white cabinets with green knobs) and with your advice (and product recommendation!), I think I will undertake this project! Thank you thank you! :) I'm glad I found your blog!

  62. Anonymous says:

    Looks so cool! I'm definitely planning to paint my yucky commercial black vinyl tiles (complete with lovely white specks in them to simulate dirt I suppose) in my kitchen. I have a question I hope you wouldn't mind answering (I emailed the company – Tayler, but didn't receive a response). I've seen other specialty paint of this type warn against using rollers to apply, but you guys used a short nap roller – did you have any difficulty? Looking back do you think using a brush would have made a difference? Thanks!

  63. Abby & Her Boys says:

    awesome job! i love it!

  64. Abby & Her Boys says:

    awesome job! i love it!

  65. SplendidMinta says:

    be still my heart! Even on top of linoleum you say??? i might just be painting my 70's lino this weekend. WOO HOO!

  66. Nattie says:

    OH WOW! what an awesome idea!! I thought painting a floor would be a bad idea with all the walking around on it, BUT seeing this proofing it totally wrong! now all I have to do is to convince the mr to paint our wooden floor board! :P THANKS FOR SHARING!

  67. Cassie says:


  68. Vanessa says:

    Great tutorial! I've been wanting to paint our inside wooden floors but was wondering if you could also use it on a covered wooden porch floor. Do you think this paint would work? Or is it just interior paint? Can you buy it locally or do you have to order it online?

  69. rebecca geldard says:

    awesome post. i found the picture of a kitchen with the same colour floor windsor smith decorated in my latest Instyle. I'm about to do my floors yet was thinking white, but you might have changed my mind. good on you!

  70. scmtngirl says:

    I have thin-strip oak wood floors similar to yours that are in pretty bad shape – having them sanded and refinished would be prohibitively expensive. This seems like a really good alternative. Did you use the satin or gloss finish product?

  71. Jenn & Tom Jorgensen says:

    So brave and so beautiful!

  72. Kirra Sue says:

    So I don't think I've ever been so in love with someone elses kitchen in my LIFE. Your floors make me want to cry happy tears. Oh for the love of teal. I am bookmarking this away and when we ever (IF EVER) own our own place- I want to do this! Thanks so much for the tutorial. Amazing.

  73. Sondra says:

    Now that you have had the floors for a while, who are they wearing?

  74. Heidi T. says:

    I’m also anxious to know how your kitchen floor is holding up!! Please update us soon :-P

  75. Melanie says:

    hi, there! love your floors but couldn’t find an update on your blog. Do you still love the results of breakthrough? I painted my floors white a few months back and due to some bad advice from the local BM…the results were a disaster :( Looking for a great product!

  76. Lauren says:

    Hi I just found your site and am loving the painted floors, have you done a update post? Id love to hear how they held up. Im getting ready to do this and would like to know how you liked this paint and help me decide what color I CAN NOT decide! I would love white but with 4 kids and 3 dogs Im scared it would be to much to maintain, then I think black but would I ever see the dog poop before someone stepped in it??? Oh the dilemma

  77. Love, love, love your apron sink!!

  78. lynn says:

    i’m wondering how your floors are holding up? do you have a picture of the wear you could post? and where did you find this paint?

  79. pattie says:

    we just did our kitchen with dreakthrough paint, how are yours holding up, and did you use a shellac over the paint??

  80. felesha mcafee says:

    we are about to paint our upstairs, 100 year old hardwood floors and have been researching for a while on the easiest way to do it, i found your method the easiest!
    i do have a question on one step, did you sand the entire floor ( besides what you wood filled) for the paint to adhere or did you just paint on top of wood?!…. because i would love to skip that part of hand sanding the whole floor if possible

  81. carol says:

    I love your kitchen but that’s a lot of green . I would have used a white on the floors. But that’s just me. I think I would get tired of the green.

  82. Carla says:

    It is now 2015. Gallon of breakthrough is now $70.00.

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