How to Paint Laminate Flooring

by Wendy Rose Gould
Painting your laminate flooring is one way to prolong its life.

Painting your laminate flooring is one way to prolong its life.

Laminate flooring is usually placed in areas that are heavily trafficked, including spaces in or around kitchens, bathrooms and entryways. After time, this everyday wear and tear can make your laminate appear rough and abused. An easy and inexpensive solution to prolong the life of your laminate flooring is to paint over it with simple household paint. The bonus is that there are myriad colors to choose from when it comes to painting and you don't need to hire a professional to complete the job.

Sand the floors lightly with sand paper. Sanding allows the primer and paint to stick better.

Sweep up dust and and clean the floor with a damp mop or towel. Allow the laminate floor to dry completely.

Tape off walls with painter's tape to prevent getting paint on them.

Apply one coat of primer paint with a roller and allow it to dry completely. Apply a second coat and let it dry. Use paintbrush for corners or smaller, more detailed areas. Make sure the area is well ventilated to speed up the drying process.

Paint the laminate flooring with a clean roller. Allow it to dry and then apply a second coat. Again, wait for the paint to dry before moving on.

Apply one coat of polyurethane sealer to seal the floor and make it last longer. Before placing furniture back on the laminate, wait until the sealant has dried completely.

Items you will need

  • Sandpaper
  • Broom
  • Painter's tape
  • Primer
  • Paint
  • Polyurethane sealant
  • Paint roller and covers
  • Paint brushes

About the Author

Wendy Rose Gould is a professional journalist who has contributed to "Glamour" magazine and the Huffington Post, among other publications. After internships at the "Indianapolis Business Journal," "Kiwanis International" and "NUVO Newsweekly," she earned BA degrees in journalism and philosophy from Franklin College in 2008. Gould specializes in lifestyle topics.

Photo Credits

  • brush in paint image by Vladislav Gajic from Fotolia.com