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How To Paint A Floor With A Tile Stencil

8 Materials
$100
2 Days
Easy

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
how to paint a floor with a tile stencil
She gathered up all of the materials for this project. Let's walk through all of the steps for this super easy project.
how to paint a floor with a tile stencil
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.
how to paint a floor with a tile stencil
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.
how to paint a floor with a tile stencil
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.
how to paint a floor with a tile stencil
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.
how to paint a floor with a tile stencil
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.
how to paint a floor with a tile stencil
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.
how to paint a floor with a tile stencil
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.

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

how to paint a floor with a tile stencil
She applied two coats of blue paint over each stencil pattern. The paint dried rather quickly so this did not slow her down!
how to paint a floor with a tile stencil
Once the entire floor was stenciled, Erika applied a two coats of Varethane waterbased polyurethane to increase durability.
how to paint a floor with a tile stencil
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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Suggested materials:

  • <a href="https://www.idevaffiliate.com/33076/idevaffiliate.php?id=25&url=46" class="href-bb-tag" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Calista Tile Stencil-12 inch</a>  (Cutting Edge Stencils)
  • <a href="https://www.amazon.com/Savogran-10622-Trisodium-Phosphate-4-5lbs/dp/B000AXE7CY?&_encoding=UTF8&tag=cutting-edge-stencilcreator-20&linkCode=ur2&linkId=3b9d14f6269bc668a3b77f023f50bb23&camp=1789&creative=9325" class="href-bb-tag" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Savogran Trisodium Phosphate (TSP)</a>  (Home Depot/Amazon)
  • <a href="https://www.amazon.com/s/ref=nb_sb_noss?url=search-alias%3Daps&field-keywords=Stix%C2%AE+Waterborne+Bonding+Primer+-+Insl-x&rh=i%3Aaps%2Ck%3AStix%C2%AE+Waterborne+Bonding+Primer+-+Insl-x&_encoding=UTF8&tag=cutting-edge-stencilcreator-20&linkCode=ur2&linkId=9ad68d3d57b57a77e9d4d5c8028d2e1f&camp=1789&creative=9325" class="href-bb-tag" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Stix® Waterborne Bonding Primer - Insl-x</a>  (Benjamin Moore Store)
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Have a question about this project?

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  • Victoria
    on Sep 4, 2018

    How do you clean a floor stenciled like this without ruining the stencil art?

    • Hi Victoria! Once you are done stenciling you apply 2-3 coats of polyurethane to seal it. This allows your new stenciled floor to withstand cleaning products that can be used on it. We HIGHLY recommend not using cleaning products with acetone or alcohol in it. It will strip away the surface and cause the paint to come up.

  • Farah El Sabaa
    18 hours ago

    Does it fade if i drop water or clean the floor ??

  • Amy Voss
    18 hours ago

    Could a novice DIYer do this honestly???


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