How To: Stencil an Elegant Tile Floor

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3 Hours

Hello there! Want to upgrade your floor but don’t know how? Tile stencils are the easy and affordable solution. With the right tile stencil and some paint, you can transform a boring floor into an elegant one! Let’s get stenciling!
For a cement floor, apply two coats of Stix primer (any good adhesive primer will do) allowing the first coat to completely dry before starting the next. Then repeat the process with Benjamin Moore Stone for the perfect grey canvas.
The stencil used for this DIY stencil project upgrade is the Alatera Tile Stencil. The paint used for the stencil itself was Benjamin Moore Dove White. Spray adhesive is optional and can help reduce paint seepage but, is not necessary. Since there is only one color you can use a 4” dense foam roller or a large professional stencil brush to complete this stencil project.
Place your stencil in your desired starting location. Pro Tip: To make sure the stencil is straight, align the edge of the stencil with your baseboard.
Start stenciling with your professional stencil brush or roller. The design may look intricate but, it’s not difficult to stencil at all! If using a stencil roller, make sure you offload the excess paint. This helps reduce paint seepage. The same applies when using a stencil brush. Offload the excess paint just like the roller. The biggest mistake in stenciling is having too much paint on your brush or roller. This tile stencil covers a large amount of space, which allows you to quickly stencil the whole floor!
Peel back your stencil to reveal the gorgeous tile! How easy was that?
Align your stencil using the built-in registration marks and the previously stenciled parts. This makes it effortless to maintain straight stencil rows!
Repeat the process until the floor is complete. Such a simple technique with an elegant result! Who needs a professional when you can do it yourself with tile stencils?
To stencil the floor where it meets the baseboard, align the stencil with the previously stenciled parts. Use a professional stencil brush to pounce the paint diagonally towards the crease. Don’t be afraid to bend the stencil into the crease with your fingers so you can stencil right up against the baseboard.
Peel back your stencil to see your magnificent floor!
Seal your stenciled tile floor with a water-based polyurethane. A 4” dense foam roller and two even coats should provide years of durability!
How perfect is this elegant tile floor? Nobody will ever know you created it so quickly and easily with a stencil! Where would you use this tile stencil? Let us know in the comments below!
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  • Pat Long
    on Aug 21, 2019

    Does the polyurethane yellow?

    • Rose Dubois
      on Oct 17, 2019

      I did not have a problem with mine and it was on 15 years. Use a high quality one if you are doing that much work. It's worth it.

  • Janice
    on Aug 22, 2019

    Can the same thing work for an old hardwood floor?

    • Rose Dubois
      on Oct 17, 2019

      I don't see why not. Just prep it well by sanding a bit. If you are not painting a base coat over the floor and you are going shabby chic. I'd go real light on the paint application. Almost dry brush or roller. I think it would be pretty. You can paint most anything if you do the prep work and use durable paint. On a floor I would make sure to seal it. I've painted a vinyl floor that everyone said I couldn't. Well it lasted 15 years until I got a new one. Be brave.

  • Chavela
    on Aug 30, 2019

    How many sheets of stencil did you used, or did you do the whole floor with just one? are they that strong?

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  • Joyce
    on Aug 30, 2019

    So pretty.will have to try it!

  • Jean Quintana
    on Sep 3, 2019

    I wish my knees and back could take it because I just love this. I'd have to hire someone to do my floors for me.

    • Becky
      on Oct 6, 2019

      I'm the same way I'd have my kids do it I guess.

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