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DIY: Painted Kitchen Floor for $50!

  1. Stephanie Sabbe

    August 10th, 2010 at 12:39 pm

    love them camilla! so cheery!

  2. LindsB

    August 10th, 2010 at 12:43 pm

    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

    August 10th, 2010 at 12:46 pm

    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

    August 10th, 2010 at 12:49 pm

    Wow, looks great!

  5. Ms. Bright

    August 10th, 2010 at 12:57 pm

    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

    August 10th, 2010 at 12:57 pm

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

  7. Whatever Dee-Dee wants

    August 10th, 2010 at 12:58 pm

    Oh my. It looks gorgeous! I love it!

  8. paula

    August 10th, 2010 at 1:01 pm

    can not even express how much I love this!

  9. Pink Wallpaper

    August 10th, 2010 at 1:17 pm

    Love, love, love!!!

  10. Tonia @Chic Modern Vintage

    August 10th, 2010 at 1:20 pm

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

  11. Teresa Hatfield

    August 10th, 2010 at 1:30 pm

    Great project with great results!
    Teresa (Splendid Sass)

  12. Kate@TwentySixToLife

    August 10th, 2010 at 2:48 pm

    Wow, what a change! Looks great!

  13. Erin

    August 10th, 2010 at 2:49 pm

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

  14. stylewannabee

    August 10th, 2010 at 2:58 pm

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

  15. chiara difuro

    November 20th, 2012 at 7:32 pm

    sorry i dont know but if u find out please please let me know

  16. Bailey@ peppermintbliss

    August 10th, 2010 at 3:00 pm

    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.

  17. Brooke @ Blueprint Bliss

    August 10th, 2010 at 3:12 pm

    camila- it looks great!

  18. Mrs. Chic

    August 10th, 2010 at 3:23 pm

    This looks amazing!

  19. cassie @ hi sugarplum!

    August 10th, 2010 at 4:03 pm

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

  20. vanessa

    August 10th, 2010 at 4:15 pm

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

  21. High-Heeled Foot in the door

    August 10th, 2010 at 4:33 pm

    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!

  22. Lili

    August 10th, 2010 at 4:40 pm

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

  23. Chris

    August 10th, 2010 at 4:43 pm

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

  24. chiara difuro

    November 20th, 2012 at 7:41 pm


  25. Anonymous

    August 10th, 2010 at 4:44 pm

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

  26. Miranda

    August 10th, 2010 at 4:47 pm

    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. πŸ˜‰ Great,great job. I bet you love it.

  27. sherry

    August 10th, 2010 at 4:48 pm


  28. twolovelyspaces

    August 10th, 2010 at 4:55 pm

    This looks great. Hubby's are great for this type of a job. πŸ™‚

  29. Emma

    August 10th, 2010 at 5:17 pm

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

  30. Kate Collins Interiros

    August 10th, 2010 at 5:19 pm

    Amazing work, yet again! Love it!

  31. liz @ bon temps beignet

    August 10th, 2010 at 5:19 pm

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

  32. High-Heeled Foot in the door

    August 10th, 2010 at 5:21 pm

    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.

  33. Funky Junk Interiors

    August 10th, 2010 at 5:31 pm

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


  34. Rhoda @ Southern Hospitality

    August 10th, 2010 at 5:36 pm

    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!

  35. Just Beachy

    August 10th, 2010 at 6:00 pm

    That looks so adorable , so courageous .

  36. Ashley

    August 10th, 2010 at 6:12 pm

    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!)

  37. Erika at BluLabel Bungalow

    August 10th, 2010 at 6:33 pm

    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.

  38. Sophisticated Home

    August 10th, 2010 at 6:37 pm

    Very impressive! Thanks for sharing with us.

  39. High-Heeled Foot in the door

    August 10th, 2010 at 7:00 pm

    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!

  40. Nikki

    August 10th, 2010 at 7:15 pm

    This looks awesome!

  41. Christan

    August 10th, 2010 at 7:25 pm

    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!)

  42. Kristin Hjellegjerde

    August 10th, 2010 at 7:42 pm

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

  43. pretty pink tulips

    August 10th, 2010 at 8:04 pm

    That Green is Gorgeous!!! Well done!

  44. sheree

    August 10th, 2010 at 8:05 pm

    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???

  45. kayce hughes

    August 10th, 2010 at 8:47 pm

    Love the floors!

  46. Averill

    August 10th, 2010 at 8:59 pm

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

  47. Rhiannon

    August 10th, 2010 at 9:02 pm

    WOW! Love Love the floors πŸ™‚

  48. Katie

    August 10th, 2010 at 9:37 pm

    oh my goooosh! i love it! so fresh!

  49. Liz @ It's Great To Be Home

    August 10th, 2010 at 11:57 pm

    So gorgeous! I've wanted to do this and I'm glad you took the plunge. πŸ™‚

  50. Deb's mind

    August 11th, 2010 at 12:58 am

    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.

  51. simply seleta

    August 11th, 2010 at 2:43 am

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

  52. Vee

    August 11th, 2010 at 3:01 am

    Love the bold color! The floor turned out great!

  53. Jaime

    August 11th, 2010 at 6:19 am

    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.

  54. Janell @ Isabella and Max

    August 11th, 2010 at 12:49 pm

    Wow, good for you, this looks fabulous. Janell

  55. Design A-Peele

    August 11th, 2010 at 2:06 pm

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

  56. Hello Lover...

    August 11th, 2010 at 10:23 pm

    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.

  57. my favorite and my best

    August 12th, 2010 at 9:20 pm

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


    August 13th, 2010 at 6:49 pm

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

  59. Sonia

    August 15th, 2010 at 2:14 pm

    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?

  60. Gloria (The Little Red House with the White Porch)

    August 17th, 2010 at 12:25 am

    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,

  61. angela | the painted house

    August 17th, 2010 at 4:41 pm

    So charming! I LOVE painted floors.

  62. Anonymous

    August 17th, 2010 at 11:53 pm

    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

  63. victoriavm

    August 20th, 2010 at 5:54 pm

    Thank you for this post! I wish you had written it months ago πŸ™‚ 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! πŸ™‚ I'm glad I found your blog!

  64. Anonymous

    August 21st, 2010 at 12:20 am

    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!

  65. Abby & Her Boys

    August 26th, 2010 at 2:57 pm

    awesome job! i love it!

  66. Abby & Her Boys

    August 26th, 2010 at 2:57 pm

    awesome job! i love it!

  67. SplendidMinta

    August 26th, 2010 at 6:49 pm

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

  68. Nattie

    August 26th, 2010 at 11:43 pm

    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! πŸ˜› THANKS FOR SHARING!

  69. Cassie

    August 28th, 2010 at 3:58 am


  70. Vanessa

    September 13th, 2010 at 3:17 pm

    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?

  71. rebecca geldard

    September 21st, 2010 at 10:24 pm

    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!

  72. scmtngirl

    October 1st, 2010 at 7:14 pm

    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?

  73. Jenn & Tom Jorgensen

    October 18th, 2010 at 3:38 pm

    So brave and so beautiful!

  74. Kirra Sue

    October 18th, 2010 at 8:01 pm

    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.

  75. Sondra

    February 12th, 2011 at 6:27 pm

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

  76. effortless

    February 13th, 2011 at 9:19 pm

    Going to do a follow up post. Stay tuned.

  77. Mallory

    July 3rd, 2015 at 10:46 am

    Have you done a follow up on this? How is wear and tear, especially in high traffic areas?

  78. Heidi T.

    March 4th, 2011 at 1:27 pm

    I’m also anxious to know how your kitchen floor is holding up!! Please update us soon πŸ˜›

  79. Melanie

    November 16th, 2011 at 1:06 am

    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 πŸ™ Looking for a great product!

  80. Lauren

    July 21st, 2012 at 10:31 pm

    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

  81. Brenda @ DIY Home Decor Blogs

    December 9th, 2012 at 8:40 pm

    Love, love, love your apron sink!!

  82. lynn

    September 19th, 2013 at 1:13 pm

    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?

  83. pattie

    April 30th, 2014 at 11:17 pm

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

  84. felesha mcafee

    December 6th, 2014 at 7:44 pm

    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

  85. effortless

    December 7th, 2014 at 10:21 pm

    I just sanded a couple of spots.

  86. carol

    January 9th, 2015 at 6:28 pm

    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.

  87. Carla

    June 23rd, 2015 at 3:40 pm

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

  88. Kate

    July 11th, 2015 at 1:55 pm

    I just bought a gallon for $43 including tax.

  89. Candra

    January 12th, 2016 at 8:31 pm

    Only a smling visitant here to share the love (:, btw outstanding style .

  90. john

    March 13th, 2017 at 7:33 am

    The wood had all these interesting veins and patterns and people just paint it over.
    Im sorry i dont want to sound mean, im just pointing out that natural wood that is stained t the shade you like (yes they have green now along with blue, grey and iron black) sealed with a clear coat or varnish can be beautiful.
    Paint covers all those natural striations though.
    Next time sand the floor down to remove the old varnish or paint then try a stain of color you like/ he seal it with a polyurethan or any clear sealer you like.

  91. Erik Steiner

    March 1st, 2018 at 4:49 pm

    Looks great !
    I was wondering how the PPG BreakThrough paint on the floor held up after 7 years?
    I am not sure which paint to use on my floor .
    Thanks for your reply,

  92. Dusty

    September 12th, 2018 at 5:52 pm

    Any chance your would update and let us know how it has held up over the years?! Thankyou for this tutorial btw! ❀️

  93. effortless

    September 20th, 2018 at 8:43 pm

    Hi Dusty,

    We don’t live in that house anymore, but from our experience the floor does need to be repainted after time, but we had two dogs and two kids in the house that were constantly in the kitchen running, playing, etc. So our floor probably had more wear than a typical floor. We re-painted every two years. It was never difficult. It would probably take around 1.5 hours to do it and we would do it at night once we put the boys to bed and then would be in the kitchen minimally the next day and if we were in the kitchen we would wear socks.

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