How To Paint A Floor With A Tile Stencil

10 Materials
2 Days

Patterned tile floors are super trendy and also super pricey. Don't toss your tiled dreams aside before reading this painted floor tutorial! This project is an easy and affordable way to give your flooring a stylish look.

We'd like to introduce Erika, a creative DIYer from Cutting Edge Stencils. Erika had builder beige tiles. She longed for a pretty patterned floor similar to the ones she had seen in her Instagram feed. Since her budget was tight, Erika decided to paint and stencil her builder beige tiles.
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She gathered up all of the materials for this project. Let's walk through all of the steps for this super easy project.
The first thing Erika did was clean her floor using Savogran Trisodium Phosphate (TSP) to ensure there wasn't any debris. She followed the instructions on the TSP packaging for cleaning.
Erika used blue painter's tape to tape along the edges of the floor. This would ensure she did not get paint onto her trim. Once the floor had been properly cleaned, Erika primed it using Stix Waterborne Bonding Primer by Insl-x. She used a foam roller to apply the paint and a paint brush to paint along the edges.

Cleaning and prepping the floor is key to completing a painted floor that will last for years.
Two coats do the trick! STIX primer is perfect for a project like this. It adheres to the tile and provides a great base for painting and stenciling.
After the primer was dry, Erika applied her base coat of paint. She painted the base coat using Benjamin Moore Ben flat in Navajo White.
Now she was ready to start stenciling. Erika chose our Calista Tile Stencil. Since her existing tiles were about 12 inches, Erika used the Large stencil pattern because it fit perfectly over her tile.
Erika sprayed the back of the stencil with repositionable spray adhesive. We like Stick It Spray It repositionable spray adhesive. You could use any respositionable spray adhesive that is typically found in a craft store like Michaels.
Erika placed the stencil pattern on top of the tile. She rolled her dense foam roller into the paint (Benjamin Moore New York State of Mind). She made sure the roller was evenly coated and then rolled off excess paint onto a piece of paper towel. Erika then painted the stencil pattern with the roller.

After each section was complete, Erika would un-tape the stencil and reposition so she could paint all of her tiles.

She applied two coats of blue paint over each stencil pattern. The paint dried rather quickly so this did not slow her down!
Once the entire floor was stenciled, Erika applied a two coats of Varethane waterbased polyurethane to increase durability.
Give the top coats time to dry and then step back to admire your beautiful work! We think she did an amazing job transforming builder beige tiles using a stencil and paint.  Don't you agree?

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  • Rada
    on Oct 26, 2019

    How does it look after a year?

  • Grandma D
    on Dec 7, 2019

    I would like to stencil tile in a wet area (kitchen, bath) but am concerned about it being slippery. Is it slippery when wet? If so, is there anything I can do to ensure it won't be slippery? Thanks.

    • Grandma D
      on Apr 5, 2020

      Thanks, Joe. I too use that in my tub, and it works good, but don't think I would want to put them all over the bathroom floor. Still, it's a thought to help me maybe think of other alternatives.

  • Sherry Dobson Korso
    on May 19, 2020

    I would like to know how this has held up? I want to do this in my entryway but it is a high traffic area. I don't want to be repairing it every 6 mos.

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  • Tammy
    on Jan 28, 2020

    I would love to try this in my bathroom. Also as a backsplash in my kitchen.

  • Diane Neary
    on Apr 6, 2020

    How would I start with smaller tiles and wanting to make the tiles look larger based on the stencil? Filler?

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