14 Ways To Cover Up The Ugly Floors In Your Home

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1.Mask oil stains and all kinds of other eyesores with some garage floor paint because yes, even your garage floor deserves to look nice!

Read the full tutorial on Clean & Scentsible here.

Get a gallon of concrete and garage floor paint from Amazon for $26.

2.If you’re feeling particularly ambitious, paint a tile floor with the help of some stencils and furniture paint. Seriously, how pretty is this look?!

Check out the full instructions on Make Do and DIY here.

Get the supplies to make it happen from Amazon: painter’s tape for $4.89, chalk-effect paint for $20.95+ (available in 16 colors), and a nine-pack of reusable stencils for $13.99

3.Or keep it simpler by painting wide bands over your linoleum tile floor.

See the full tutorial from Designer Trapped in a Lawyer’s Body here.

Get a quart of KILZ interior primer from Amazon for $8.98 and a gallon of Valspar porch and floor paint from Lowe’s for $29.98.

4.Cover a gross patio or porch surface with a pretty indoor/outdoor rug that’ll look like it’s there *strictly* for design purposes!

Promising review: “I would recommend this to anyone who needs a durable and colorful addition to their living space. Everyone is surprised when I tell them it is plastic, because it looks like it is made of natural fiber. The colors are very bright, and the design is great. I needed a large rug that was waterproof, and that wouldn’t trap debris as it is on my front porch. It is easy to sweep, and a really nice piece of design to add to my porch. Great purchase!” —Scott

Get it from Amazon for $51+ (available in three colors and three sizes).

5.Artfully hide that spot where you spilled fingernail polish remover on your nice wood floor and it’s never looked the same since with a printed area rug. Just turn it into a cozy seating area!

Get it from Amazon for $31.24+ (available in five patterns and several sizes).

6.Fill in scratches and gouges that are turning your precious hardwood floors into uggos with some cheap scratch cover that’ll take just a teensy bit to do the job. (And then you can use it to revive every other wood surface in your home!)

Promising review: “This product far exceeded my expectations. I had a fairly deep scratch on my hardwood floors (white oak floors stained Red Chestnut- a medium/dark finish) from moving a heavy nightstand and within 30 seconds I applied the Old English, buffed it clean, and the floor looked as good as new. Keep in mind, these photos are immediately after I used the product so I can’t say how it will be over time/after washing the floor but for under $10 you can’t go wrong.” —Kate

Get the scratch cover from Amazon for $4.82.

7.Reface your carpeted stairs with a specially made stair tread system for a high-impact project.

Get the full instructions on Designer Trapped in a Lawyer’s Body here.

Find more info and pricing from NuStair.

8.Or cover up scratches or worn wood finish on the middle of wooden stair treads (aka the part that gets the most traffic) with a runner. Plus, this will create some more traction for pets, kids, and anyone else who may need a little extra help with their footing.

Promising review: “Thank you for your prompt and quick service!!! I received my Marash Luxury Collection Stair Carpet Runner in Ivory in 2 days and it is as beautiful as luxurious as described. This runner is very rich looking (after my husband put the runner down he looked at the staircase and said people are going to think were rich lol). I love this runner so much that I’m buying a 2nd one for my other staircase. I only wish I had more staircases so that I could buy more of these runners. They truly are beautiful.

P.S. My husband put the runner down using a heavy duty staple gun instead of carpet tape because I’m not sure if carpet tape will mess my wood floors up.” —Crystal

Get this 25-foot stair runner from Amazon for $94+ (available in five colors).

9.Consider some self-sticking runner rugs if you’re not handy enough to install a full runner but still want to protect/cover up those treads!

Promising review: “So beautiful and so easy to install no sticky tape needed they stay firmly in place. Love it and so do my dogs.” —Cat

Get a set of 13 of these rugs from Amazon for $139.99 (available in five colors and four sizes).

10.Cover up an outdoor hard surface that, tbh, is beyond visual help with interlocking Teak titles you don’t need tools to install. They’re great for rental properties because you can pull them apart and take them with you when you move!

Promising review: “Living in Hawaii you have to select wise items that are weather-, salt-, and red dirt–proof, etc… In total I ordered 11 boxes to complete my yoga deck. I have a few left over to make steps on the back. Very pleased and happy. May order more for an outdoor shower project!” —Adazzle

Get 10 of these sq. ft tiles from Amazon for $68.99.

11.Mask those grout stains that just look terrible no matter how much time you clock scrubbing with bleach thanks to a grout paint pen.

Yes, this requires patience, but if your grout is REALLY bothering you, give it a go!

Promising review: “This stuff is amazing! After over 10 years of the grout not being cleaned, and a botched repair job, the bathroom floor in this house looked horrendous. Two pens covered the entire bathroom floor, with plenty left over in the second pen, even with applying 2–3 layers (which you will definitely need as the paint is a bit thin and also absorbs into the grout). Super easy to apply, works exactly like a regular paint marker. Be sure to press the pen tip on a separate (thick) cloth to activate it before actually using on the grout so you don’t end up with a huge mess on the tile when the paint floods out at first. If you see the first side of the tip is getting frayed, just pull it out and turn it around to the other side.” —regalle

Get it from Amazon for $8.99+ (available in three colors and two sizes).

12.Park a cute welcome mat at your front door where it’s extremely obvious that everyone has wiped their shoes on your nice porch surface for years and years and years. It’s that simple!

Get it from Amazon for $22.59.

13.Disguise worn hallways with a pretty runner for a perfect fit in the narrow space. It turns out that dragging your feet to breakfast every morning *does* end up taking a toll on the floor’s finish!

Get it from Amazon for $54.31+ (available in several colors and sizes).

14.Throw down a faux-sheepskin rug as a stylish accent and no one will suspect it’s masking the spot where your puppy had an accident before he got the hang of telling you he needs to go outside.

Get it from Amazon for $19.99+ (available in seven colors and five sizes).

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