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Home Q&A: Linoleum Painting Tips?

Q.

The Nest Q&A

We are putting in a new kitchen and we can’t afford new floors -- can I paint and polycoat the existing linoleum?

A.

This is a big project, so it’s important to make sure you know what you are getting into, especially considering the upkeep. If your home is old, and you’re trying to preserve the original flooring, then painting can be a good option. But otherwise, the recurring upkeep of this project might just be more expensive than getting new floors (there are affordable options at Lowes).

But, with all that said, if you are going to paint the old tiles, first strip off the wax with a "stripper" (found at a specialty store). Watch out, this is a harsh chemical, so you should have lots of windows open and leave the house so you don’t breathe too much in. Then scrub the floor until it’s sparkling clean.

Once you’re ready to paint, use floor paint (there is such a thing) and grab a wide roller with a long pole -- you don’t want to be on your hands and knees all day!

-- The Nest Editors

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