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How to Paint Vinyl Floors – One Room Challenge, Week 4: Guest Bathroom Update

It’s week four of the One Room Challenge and I have chosen to update our Guest Bathroom. I have six weeks to complete a room, which I will share DIY updates along the way, saving the big reveal for week six! #oneroomchallenge

As part of my bathroom makeover, I am painting and stenciling the bathroom floors as a cost effective alternative to tiling. Check out the inspiration and progress list; the tutorial for painting the floor will be at the bottom of the post!


I am starting to feel the pressure to get everything on the list done. Luckily, things are getting checked off the list. I added a few more small projects, including wallpapering behind the shelf and having a few more holes to patch than anticipated. 
I finally got the floors primed and I have a scheduled sitter for Friday to paint the stencil design. That should catch me up and only leave decorating and photo shooting, which I can handle. 

  1. declutter & deep clean
  2. remove all wall fixtures & cabinet doors
  3. paint walls
  4. paint baseboards
  5. paint & seal vanity cabinet
  6. degloss, sand, and prime floor
  7. wallpaper behind open shelving*
  8. paint, stencil & seal floor
  9. patch holes in wall and repaint*
  10. install mirror
  11. install lighting
  12. install new hardware
  13. hang shower curtain
  14. install towel hooks & style shelves
  15. style counter

In case you missed it here are week 1, week 2, and week 3 and here is the inspiration for the bathroom update. Navy and mixed metals all the way! 

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As a reminder, here are the before photos. I know the room isn’t terrible, it’s just terribly outdated and a little messy (you should see the hallway where said mess has been displaced to).



This weekend was Anthropologie’s Anthro Day sale, so I headed to Richmond to see what they had. Luckily they had a great selection of towel hooks in the back and as always, they were more than happy to bring out a sampling of what they had and I picked through them. I chose these two brushed gold hooks with a mirror to mimic the round vanity mirror and pink glass for a touch of feminine in the bathroom. I like that they are different, but complement each other. I am ecstatic to hang them!!  

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The floors are finally primed. As of last week I was starting to panic about the timeline. Six weeks is a short time to get everything done between waiting on ordered fixtures/furniture and finding the time to do the work yourself when you have a day job and kids in tow. On Saturday, my husband volunteered to watch the baby all day and my MIL took our five year old to the pumpkin patch. It freed me up to prime the floors and baseboards and start on the stenciling.

If you’ve been following along on Instagram, you saw the first steps of priming- cutting in, then rolling the floors with white porch paint primer. 

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Here is a snapshot of the primed floor. Tape of the cabinet, toilet, and door threshold. Start by cutting in the edges with an angled Wooster brush. Now is a good time to freshen up baseboard paint and run a new bead of caulk around the tub and any trim gaps.

Next, roll the floor with primer, starting in the back corner and painting yourself out of the room.

After the recoat time has passed (consult the primer can, but likely around 4 hours) roll a second coat. After the second coat of primer dried on these floors there were a few sections that still looked slightly opaque. I added a third coat. You will never regret adding a coat, you will however regret not doing it!

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In case you missed my Instagram posts about it, I chose the Cutting Edge Nola Stencil for the floor. It is a really thick, great quality stencil and came with full instructions and tips for using the stencil. I cannot wait for the floors to be finished. They are going to blow the room out of the water! 


In preparation for my vinyl stenciling, I’ll leave you with some DIY tips to help you out. 

  1. Clean floors with TSP (wear gloves and goggles). Wipe after with water on a microfiber cloth. 
  2. Lightly sand vinyl floors and wipe again with damp microfiber cloth. Dry floors.
  3. Prime with Sherwin Williams Floor and Porch primer. This was highly recommended to me for making sure the floors stay durable and don’t chip, bubble or peel. It is around $27 a can, but definitely worth the price. 
    1. Make sure you have freshly cleaned the floors. Tape off the baseboards or any fixtures you don’t want primed. I primed the trim also.
    1. Cut in. Paint the trim (optional) and floor around the edges of the room with an angled brush. 
    1. Roll the floors with a thin even coat. You will likely need 2-3 coats to cover the existing vinyl. Start in the back corner and work your way of the room. Don’t paint yourself into a corner!
    1. Let dry for approx 4 hours. Roll another coat of primer and let dry. Repeat if needed. It will depend on the texture and color of your flooring as to how many coats you will need to cover it fully. You don’t want any of the existing vinyl showing through. 
    1. Continue to next step if you will be stenciling the floor.
  4. Stencil with General Finishes milk paint and a firm 5″ roller. I have done a ton of painting and General Finishes Milk Paint does a fantastic job with coverage and not showing brushstrokes or amateur painting mistakes. It is really forgiving. I just adore it. You can also now get it on Amazon which is awesome! (Disclosure* This is an Affiliate Link, but it won’t cost you more!)
    1. For the stenciling, I used Cutting Edge Stencils. I ordered the 8″ Nola pattern and a roller.
    1. With the floor properly primed, spray the back of the stencil with removable spray adhesive to avoid pulling up any base coat paint. Never mask over freshly dried paint – the tape will pull it up. Mask off the baseboards, and those surfaces that will not be stenciled. Burnish (rub down) the edge of the tape for a cleaner line with less paint seepage. Always remove your masking tape slowly, pulling it an an angle.
    1. Position your stencil in a way that full tiles are in the most visible area (like as soon as you enter the room) and any cutoff tiles are hidden in the back and corners of the room. You may want to use a light colored chalk line or chalk pencil to give yourself a basic grid to follow so your rows stay square.
    1. Stencil with a dense foam roller.   Pour your stencil paint into a tray or plate and EVENLY load your Dense foam roller by rolling it a few times back and forth through the poured paint. You don’t want a blotchy looking roller. Once your stencil roller is evenly saturated with paint, off load the excess paint by rolling it a couple times on folded paper towels. If the roller leaves stripy lines on the paper towels, reload the roller so it’s evenly coated and then off load it again on your folded paper towels. The roller should appear somewhat dry. It’s always better to have less paint on your roller because too much paint can cause paint seepage under the stencil.

      Start rolling and slowly build up paint coverage using light to medium pressure. Don’t push too hard as this can cause paint bleed under the stencil. Carefully un-tape and pull back a corner of the tile stencil to see if your paint coverage is satisfactory. Continue stenciling. Reload and off load the roller as necessary.
    1. Carefully remove the finished stencil and use the built in registration to align your next stencil repeat. If you’re stenciling over existing tiles, simply center the stencil on your next tile. Most Cutting Edge Stencils have a built in registration that makes alignment easy and intuitive. This means that the stencil aligns with previously stenciled elements. 
  5. Seal with Minwax Polycrylic Finish which can also be purchased at Sherwin Williams. I talked with the paint guys and discussed as well as tried samples of the Polycrylic (water based) and Polyurethane sealers and because the Polyurethane has a slight amber tint we agreed it was best to go with the Polycrylic because it is completely clear. With a 3-4 coats, it should hold up just as well. 
  6. Have the proper supplies: large rolling tray for priming with liner, Handy Pro Pail and liner for the stencil paint color. To help out my super ambitious One Room Challenge, HANDy Paint was kind enough to gift me painting supplies- paint pail, liners, rolling tray, handy tray and liners. A HUGE shout out to HANDY PAINT for the swag– Thanks!! They loaded me up with all I will need to complete this project and I must say I am ecstatic. Clean up will be a breeze. And we all know I struggle with the clean up part.  

A Few More Tips

  • Do thin layers and wait for them to dry. Stenciling will inherently have a stenciled look- not completely filled in, a hand painted appearance. Use a little bit of paint at a time. Go back for more layers after it dries. Touch up any bleeding with your primer.
  • Use a dense firm roller instead of a fluffy roller. The firmer the less it will hold paint, meaning it won’t bleed and take forever to dry. Again, thin layers are best. 
  • To move along quicker, buy two identical stencils and work on every other block, painting yourself out of the room.


Come back next Wednesday for a progress post and a full photo tutorial of the stenciling. This week I’m going to finish painting and patching holes in the wall from previous fixtures. Check out my Instagram Stories to see updates and some DIY tips along the way!

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One Comment

  • Sam | Away She Went

    The floors already look so different! I guess by now they’re already stenciled and I bet they look amazing! I love the design you picked! I’m also loving pretty much everything else you’ve done so far. I’m also working on my guest bathroom and painted the vanity navy too!

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