Faux tiling my sun porch.
When I bought the place, the sun porch floor was covered with loose and broken 1950s-vintage linoleum squares.
I wanted to lay porcelain tile, in which case I’d have covered the old stuff with filler and backer board. (Always the best thing to do with tiles of that vintage, because they may contain asbestos and are best left undisturbed.) But right now a fancy tile job is just not in the card$$$. So I pried up the old tiles, taking reasonable precautions. I dissolved the remaining mastic, then started painting. What you see in the top photo is my proof of concept. Not tile, just painted plywood with various forms of texturing used on the squares. Now that I’ve got the technique down, the remaining work should go faster.
Total cost for the finished flooring job: $40 (including paint tray, roller, and some other permanent supplies). And invaluable sweat equity.