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DIY: Floor Stencils

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By Shelby Burr

Everyone loves a good DIY home decor idea! If you’re looking for a fun way to spruce up your bathroom or any room with tile, you need to try this. A lot of folks are putting up decorative wallpaper or even painting their walls to add a fun accent, but let’s face it - that can be messy AND take up a lot of time.

So, what about your floor? You know, your bare tiles that have been sitting, waiting for a time to shine?

That’s right, floor stenciling is one of the new and best ways to upgrade your home and give it a fun new look that others will “ooo” and “ahhh” over! And don’t worry, we have all the steps you need to make this dream come true!

 

Here’s what you’ll need:

  • A Stencil (make sure you have 2)
  • Painter’s Tape
  • Stencil brushes
  • Paint brush (for distressing, touching up)
  • Paint roller and tray
  • Paint (we recommend chalk paint. Keep in mind, these are the colors you’ll be painting the floor!)
  • Polyurethane Water-Based Crystal Clear Gloss
  • Rags


Steps

First, be sure to thoroughly clean the tile floors (vacuum, mop, etc). We want to be sure to remove all items from the floor so that you have a clean surface to work with! Next, users paint tape to protect any surrounding walls, doors and fixtures in the room. We want to make sure you stencil the floor and nothing else!


Then, take your paint roller and base paint color to cover the entire floor with paint. You will want to apply two to three coats to ensure that everything is covered. Wait at least 20 min in between each coat so that everything can dry. Pro tip, if you have a fan, click it on! It can help dry the floor faster. 


Once everything is dry, lay your stencil down on your first tile square. Use the tape to secure all 2-4 sides of the stencil to the tile. Once everything is secure, it’s time to grab your stencil brush and begin applying your choice of chalked paint color in the stencil. When all spaces are painted inside the stencil, it’s time to slowly and carefully remove the stencil. You will then move the stencil to another tile (be sure you pick a tile that is not right next to your first, wet tile. You don’t want to smudge anything! Follow the same steps as the first tile, brush your paint over the stencil and move to another. 


Now, the tricky part (if you’re in the bathroom) is painting around the toilet. This is where the second stencil comes handy! Cut the stencil to fit the corners of the toilet and manipulate it to fit. You may have to go back through and do some touch ups, since it’s such a tight spot, but it will turn out great!


Let the stencil paint dry for an hour to two hours before applying the poly. Using the foam roller, apply at least 3 coats of polyurethane water-based clear coat to your floor. Let each coat dry for 30-60 minutes. You can also let the entire floor dry without walking on it for a full 24 hours as well.


And looky there! You’re done! You can now walk on your beautifully stenciled floor and show it off to all of your guests and family members. This fun DIY will stun everyone, especially when you tell them, “Yep, I did this myself!”

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