I am so excited to finally reveal my stenciled tile floor! We have done some crazy DIY remodels before but for some reason I was most nervous about this project. For one, I am horrible at stenciling…when I first started my small sign shop I thought stenciling would be the easiest way to go. But I quickly got so frustrated with the Silhouette machine and ruining my signs with bleeding stencils I opted to learn calligraphy instead. I also wasn’t sure how it would hold up – we use this room to enter the house from the garage and it is an extremely high traffic area. But I thought to myself that even if I did mess up, it couldn’t look any worse than the brown tile floor, right?? Well I’m so glad I took the plunge because it was incredibly easy. Time consuming, yes, but hard? No.
Here is a good shot of what my floor looked like before. It wasn’t horrible, it was completely livable, but I knew this stencil would help transform this room from my least favorite to one of favs!
Paint – I used Rust-oleum Chalked paint in linen white and charcoal grey, I used one can of linen white and about 1/4 of the charcoal grey. You can find these at Home Depot.
Paint supplies – I used three small foam rollers and a few small paint brushes for touch ups.
Other – adhesive spray glue, I got it at Walmart by 3m, Elmer’s also has a version, and Mineral Spirits for cleaning water based polyurethane in Clear Satin.
Stencil – I bought the stencil from Etsy from Olive Leaf Stencils. The stencil name is Moroccan no. 6. I asked the company to cut the stencil using the exact dimensions of my tile.
- Vacuum and clean the tile well using Mineral Spirits and a wet cloth.
- Using your foam roller paint 3-4 coats of linen white over your tile. You may want to use a brush to do the grout lines first, but I always try to cut corners and skipped this step. My foam roller got the grout lines pretty well by itself. Wait a few hours in between coats.
- I waited until the next day to start my stencil to make sure the paint was dried completely. I started with the biggest tiles first, which is the easiest. Spray the back of the stencil with the spray adhesive glue – make sure not to spray too much on as it will pull off the paint if it is too sticky. Wait about a minute until you apply the stencil to the floor.
- Apply a small amount of paint to a new foam roller and roll it over the stencil. You don’t want too much paint on the roller or it will bleed through. Cover the stencil completely and then gently peel off.
- Continue until all the big tiles are finished first.
- The following day I finished the small tiles by bending the stencil as much as I could. This was the trickiest part – at the end when I had really small corner pieces left I ended up cutting the stencil to make it easier on myself.
- Touch up with a small paintbrush as needed. This is time consuming but will make the end result look even better!
8. Apply 3-4 thin coats of the Polyurethane using a foam roller waiting at least five hours in between coats.
Happy stenciling my friends!I couldn’t be more pleased with how these floors turned out. I’ll be stenciling the floors in the bathroom next. Stay tuned! If you have any questions about this process please feel free to send me a note. I would love to hear from you!