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Painting vinyl floors is an inexpensive way to refurbish your stained or outdated floor. Knowing how to paint vinyl floors can make the difference between a stylish statement and a mess.

Gather your materials.

Gather your materials.

You’ll need a stir sticks, a couple of 21⁄2-inch synthetic angled sash brush, a telescoping extension pole, two roller covers, a roller cage, a 5-in-1 tool, a roller tray and liners. You also need a primer and a finish paint.

Cut in the edges of your room with your primer.

Cut in the edges of your room with your primer.

Once you’ve prepared the room, begin at the corner farthest from the door and cut in the edges of the floor with a 21⁄2-inch sash brush.

Roll on the primer.

Roll on the primer.

Use an extension pole to help you to roll the primer on the floor. The pole will speed up the job and save your back. Work in 4-foot-square areas. Let the floor dry thoroughly. Follow the manufacturer’s instructions for time — anywhere from 30 minutes to 4 hours.)

Cut in the edges of your room with your finish paint.

Cut in the edges of your room with your finish paint.

Use a clean 21⁄2-inch sash brush to cut in the finish paint around the perimeter of the room.

Roll on the finish paint.

Roll on the finish paint.

Starting in the corner farthest from the door, roll on the finish paint using a roller with an extension pole.

Let the paint dry overnight before walking on it.

Let the paint dry overnight before walking on it.

It’s best to let the paint cure for several days before moving in furniture or rugs.

Remove any imperfections.

Remove any imperfections.

Use 180-grit sandpaper to sand out any imperfections on the floor, such as drips or brush strokes. The smoother the floor, the nicer your finished project will look.

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Katharine Kaye McMillan is a writer whose work appears regularly in magazines and newspapers. She is a contributing writer to Florida Design Magazine and the co-author of several books on decorating and design, including Sun Country Style, which is the basis for licensed signature collections of furniture and accessories by three leading American manufacturers and importers. Patricia Hart McMillan is a nationally known interior designer whose work for private clients, designer showcases, and corporations has appeared in publications worldwide, including the New York Times and USA Today. A prolific writer, McMillan is coauthor and author of seven books on interior design and decoration. She is decorating editor for Christian Woman Magazine and reports on design trends for The Sun-Sentinel in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida.

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