goodbye laminate. hello stripes.

Project: playroom bathroom. More to come on this incredibly sad, barren space. But, the gist of it is the floor is some kind of horrible. Well, horrible if you don’t love looking at an outdated linoleum floor in the bathroom. The good news? Well, it is technically the playroom bathroom, so I don’t have to look at it that often. But, often enough that I was starting to really despise that floor.

Later this week, you will see a few more pictures of how I transformed our playroom bathroom for less than $300. I was on a budget and determined to turn the little space into something special. But, today is not about my budget saving techniques, rather how YOU can transform an outdated linoleum floor into something adorable. Before I begin, I must give big kudos to my friend, Traci, for this one. She inspired the idea with some floors of her own. Traci, I thank you.

Here’s the down and dirty of that blah bathroom.

{1} I didn’t want to spend a lot. The bathroom is not high on the priority list for me, but was something that needed a quick overhaul. So, easy on the wallet was a must.

{2} We will likely replace the floors at some point. But, I wanted something that would make the bathroom look “complete” while we decide what flooring to put in. However, I am kind of in love with the floor, so we will see if we ever do replace it.

{3} It had to be easy? Did I ever share that I am horrible at the {small} details. It drives my husband crazy and he is the exact opposite. I don’t like to measure and I am an “eye-baller”. Again, driving him crazy. This project is easy and requires barely any measuring at all.

I am sure you are dying to know. What did they look like before. Aren’t they just gorgeous?

playroom bath before

Just a little bit of love and a total of $45 and here is what these beauties look like now. I look and I smile. Mission accomplished.

playroom floor final

playroom floors materials

{you will need}
tray for paint
small roller
small paintbrush
1.88″ thick blue tape
2 cans of porch and floor enamel paint
{if doing stripes, one will be 50% tint}
{no stripes, then just one color}

Playroom Floors Paint Specifics

{steps. easy at 1, 2, 3 and a few more.}

playroom floors 1

playroom floors 2

playroom floors 3

Playroom Floors Tape

playroom floors 5

playroom floors 6

playroom floors finished

playroom floors 7

Aren’t they just the cutest? Cross my heart, it is so easy. In fact, I finished it in a few short days. The length of time was due to the fact that stuff only gets done when the little lady sleeps and I wanted to be sure it dried completely. All in all, a simple and quick project with a huge impact.

playroom floors reveal 2

Didn’t I promise it would be easy? Tell your family. Tell your friends. Let outdated laminate be your friend.

playroom floors collage

try. enjoy. share.

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17 Responses to goodbye laminate. hello stripes.

  1. Misty April 8, 2014 at 8:36 am #

    So glad you did it. Super fun & super cute. Fun fix to spice up the laminate before you get what you really want!

    • lulu & linen April 8, 2014 at 7:03 pm #

      Agreed. Way better addition to the playroom!

  2. Melissa lear April 8, 2014 at 10:09 am #

    So cool

  3. Nicku April 8, 2014 at 10:10 am #

    Question, how durable do you think this is given bathroom floors get wet? Any ideas/thoughts/recos for a top coat to protect it?

  4. Alaina April 8, 2014 at 10:13 am #

    What a great idea! Now I wish I had linoleum so I could try it! 😉

    • lulu & linen April 8, 2014 at 7:06 pm #

      Thank you! But, I can assure you that your floors are probably better. 🙂

  5. Emily April 8, 2014 at 10:45 am #


  6. Trisha February 18, 2015 at 12:06 pm #

    Ah! LOVE! This may just give me the inspiration I need for a new laundry room and bathroom floor. 🙂

    • lulu & linen February 18, 2015 at 12:21 pm #

      Hooray! Do it. You won’t regret it.

  7. Lauren March 31, 2016 at 8:34 am #

    Beautiful! How well has this held up? I want to do this in my dining room until we can get hardwoods, but it’s a very high traffic area, and we also have a dog that I worry will scratch this without a top coat. What do you think?

    • lulu & linen March 31, 2016 at 9:12 am #

      The stripes could be one of my favorite things in the house because they are so different! They have held up really great and I haven’t noticed any real issues with them, but they are also only in a bathroom, so I can’t promise that they would hold up well everywhere. However, I used Porch Paint which is supposed to be more durable than other types of paint and made for outdoor areas. Due to the durability, I am able to clean them really easily with my steam cleaner without any issues. I say go for it… if anything, it will be something fun in the interim! I was so glad I took the leap and did it in our bathroom! xo, jessica


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