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If a vinyl floor is in relatively good shape -- without major gouges, tears or cracks -- painting may be a good option for dressing up a room. A drab, ordinary vinyl floor-covering can be transformed into one that is distinctive and eye-catching. Choose a color and consider adding a stenciled pattern.
Tip: You may want to wash the floor before sanding using TSP (tri-sodium phosphate) solution to remove dirt and impurities from the cracks and textured surfaces.
Use a "porch and floor" paint, or similar product, to leave a durable finish that will withstand the traffic that the floor will surely receive. This is a tougher type of paint than a standard wall paint. Check with the paint specialist at your home center if you have questions about which paint to use.
Stenciling Tip: When applying stencil paint, first dip the brush in the paint, then offload excess paint onto a rag or paper towel before applying paint to the floor using the stencil pattern. This will ensure that the right amount of paint is being applied during the stencil process.