How to Paint a Classic Checkerboard Floor

Easy masking paint technique for DIY floor

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How to Paint a Classic Checkerboard Floor
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This was how my floor looked to start. O-L-D linoleum. Make sure floor is clean & dry. Start with the white paint and paint the whole surface solid white. Let dry.

This was how my floor looked to start. O-L-D linoleum. Make sure floor is clean & dry. Start with the white paint and paint the whole surface solid white. Let dry.

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See the white. (Didn't get a pic of just white).  Using the wall as a straight edge, adhere 12x12 paper to floor. make sure to match corners as perfectly as possible.

See the white. (Didn't get a pic of just white). Using the wall as a straight edge, adhere 12x12 paper to floor. make sure to match corners as perfectly as possible.

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Once paper is down, paint the open sections with black paint.

Once paper is down, paint the open sections with black paint.

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I worked in sections, over a few days. Cordoning off areas to dry and allowing access through this main hub of the house.

I worked in sections, over a few days. Cordoning off areas to dry and allowing access through this main hub of the house.

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I worked around the edges first. My lines stayed nice and straight this way. I was amazed when I came to the final few squares how close they matched up!!

I worked around the edges first. My lines stayed nice and straight this way. I was amazed when I came to the final few squares how close they matched up!!

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I let this outer area dry for a day or so.

I let this outer area dry for a day or so.

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I finished the middle section in the same fashion, using the existing, dried squares as guides.

I finished the middle section in the same fashion, using the existing, dried squares as guides.

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I tried to re-use my squares. This makes a mess & gets black paint where you don't want it. I would suggest just using fresh pieces through the entire project or allowing used pieces to dry overnight

I tried to re-use my squares. This makes a mess & gets black paint where you don't want it. I would suggest just using fresh pieces through the entire project or allowing used pieces to dry overnight

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Almost done!

Almost done!

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Voila!

Voila!

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I went in with a fine brush & a straight edge to fix a few spots. But mostly my lines came out nice and crisp. I waited a week or so then painted the entire floor with a coating of polyurethane.

I went in with a fine brush & a straight edge to fix a few spots. But mostly my lines came out nice and crisp. I waited a week or so then painted the entire floor with a coating of polyurethane.

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I loved my dining room floor so much that I soon painted my bathroom floor also!!

I loved my dining room floor so much that I soon painted my bathroom floor also!!

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This is a year later, it's held up really very well.

This is a year later, it's held up really very well.

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Easy to clean also (with the poly finish).

Easy to clean also (with the poly finish).

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An easy, super cost effective flooring technique to get us by until the remodel!

An easy, super cost effective flooring technique to get us by until the remodel!

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Fun huh!!? :)

Fun huh!!? :)

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