DIY Renter-Friendly Old Vinyl Floor Makeover

Looking for a renter-friendly way to give your entryway a makeover? Watch how I changed my entryway floor to give it a fresh new look without taking the original old vinyl floor off and without making any permanent changes! The new floor are made with ram board and include a beautiful compass rose design which I made using a Cricut Maker Machine, it was my first project using this machine and it was a lot of fun. You can watch the entire project in this video.

Or if you prefer reading and seeing pictures, I’ve added the entire episode transcript below (with some modifications for clarity)  along with some images to highlight the main steps. 

Episode Transcripts and Highlights

I recently gave my tiny entryway (it’s only 3ft x 3ft) a makeover to brighten it up and I was liking the changes I had done except that now the old vinyl flooring was standing out like a sore thumb. It was just begging for a new look! 

Brainstorming ideas on how I could do this in a renter friendly way, I thought about the ram board that I used to create a dramatic textured black wall in my bedroom. It’s meant to be used to protect floors during construction so it’s very sturdy. Since the rolls are three feet wide, I would be able to cover the entire entryway floor with one piece. 

Then I could paint it a light color and also incorporate a classic Compass Rose design like this one.

I started by painting the ram board. I did the first coat with paint that I had leftover from my office makeover (it was the type of paint that has primer combined). And because this will be on the floor in a high traffic area. I added two coats of floor paint in a light Arctic gray color. I found out the hard way that it’s very important for that first coat of paint to have some primer in it. Otherwise, putting the floor paint directly on the rim board may cause it to dent or warp in some areas. 

After letting the paint dry overnight, it was time to tackle the compass rose design. I considered painting it but it would have taken me hours to get it just right, so I was happy to try out the Cricut Maker Machine to make this part of the project go a lot quicker and easier. 

Once the machine was powered and connected to my computer,  it just took a few minutes to download the Cricut Design Space software and get started. I arranged all the triangles in a way that would maximize the use of the material being cut. 

It’s so much fun to watch the machine cut everything so precisely and quickly. It only took minutes to cut both the dark and light pieces for my compass rose.

With the compass rose triangles cut, I drew the middle lines so I could line up all the triangles with the center of the floor.

Then I painted the border. This took me way longer to do because of having to tape and do several coats of the paint. Plus you can see that the edges were far from perfect and needed lots of touching up.

To secure the cardboard to the vinyl flooring, I use the same removable double sided tape that I  used for my bedroom project

I also placed strips of removable double sided carpet tape in the middle of the floor, and that was to make sure that the cardboard didn’t lift off the floor. I chose this tape because it’s very thin and won’t make any indentation in the cardboard. 

I removed the tape backing only at the front edge initially to make it easier to line up.

Once I had that front section secured. I moved gradually towards the back of the entryway removing the tape backing section by section, until it was all secured in place. Getting a perfect fit around the edges can be tricky but if you have gaps, molding can hide any imperfections. As I was admiring this new floor, I started thinking that having some black to the compass rose design would make it stand out a lot more. It only took minutes to reload the cricut maker machine and cut the new triangles in black.

After doing just the large triangles I felt like that was enough black so I decided to go with this version.

I also made the thin line of my border black but instead of painting it, I used vinyl tape to make this part go quicker.

The last step to protect the floor was to add two coats of glossy polyurethane. It gives such a nice sheen to the floor, and it also sealed around all of the edges of the vinyl pieces, so I can Swiffer the floor without having to worry about any of the pieces coming off.

What a difference from the original floor, and while I did like the two color Compass Rose, I much prefer the one with the black. I find it adds a lot more life and dimension to the design. 

*This project was sponsored by Cricut all thoughts and opinions are my own.

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2 Comments

  1. Elisabet

    I have been wanting to make a painted linoleum rug out of scrap vinyl but have been having trouble finding the right kind (the thin cheap stuff; you flip it over and use the papery back side). This looks like it could work instead! I’m trying to figure out how to join two pieces, maybe just with tape on the back, because I need wider than 3 ft. Painting both sides might make it more durable from spills, too. Hmmm.

    I plan to use a stencil and paint, and then put on two or three coats of polyurethane.

    • Isabelle LaRue

      There’s ram board tape to seal the seams, but the outline will be visible if you put it on top. I don’t recommend painting both sides – I painted the underside and it made the cardboard warp…but you can always do your own test and see what happens!

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