Everything You Need to Stencil Your Tile Floors For Less

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To our Cutting Edge Stencils fans, welcome back! We have the biggest blog post of the year for you to bookmark or save on your computer! We will show you EVERYTHING you need to stencil your tile floors for LESS using tile stencils. This step-by-step tutorial has every detail on floor preparation, stenciling technique, and top coat instructions to create the perfect tile floor. This will make all of your stencil projects so much easier and by the end of this post, you’ll be able to change your job title to “Stencil Professional.” First take a look at the complete “How-To” video tutorial and then follow along through each step with the written instructions.


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Before ordering your , you must measure your tile! The correct way to measure your tile is from tile edge to tile edge. You can use a ruler or measuring tape! Make sure you do NOT include the grout lines. For this specific floor project, we want to ignore the grout lines. We decided this style will look best with this linoleum floor because the space between the ties is too thin. The size you measure will be the size you order!

Before you start painting, sand your tiles down using 220 grit sand paper. This gives your floor extra adhesion! Then, rid your floors of any dust or dirt that may be left there. We recommend using TSP, a heavy-duty floor cleaner, when cleaning your floors before you stencil. Tape the perimeter of your bathroom floor and toilet to avoid getting paint in unwanted areas.

After taping the baseboard, it is time to prime your floor! We recommend using STIX primer because we found it provides the best adhesion! We are going to go in with a dense foam roller to cover the whole floor. You will want to apply about 2-3 coats of primer before the base coat. We sand and prime the floor before stenciling because we want to make sure the paint sticks to the tiles!

Once the primer is dry, we are going to paint our floor with the base coat color. [Pro Tip: You can save yourself a step and money by getting your primer tinted to the desired floor color at your local paint store!]

Otherwise, grab your paint color and apply 2-3 coats of your base color. Any interior matte or flat finished paint will work great!

For this specific floor project, we want to ignore the grout lines. We decided this style will look best with this linoleum floor because the space between the tiles is too thin. We are placing the stencil directly on the tile where the edges meet. Because we are not stenciling the grout lines, we covered the repeating registration marks with blue painters tape. 

Another key factor when stenciling the perfect tile floor is all about how you load your dense foam roller. Evenly load the paint onto your roller and offload excess paint onto a paper towel. Then with light pressure, apply paint onto the stencil! If there is too much paint on your dense foam roller and you press down too hard, you will get some bleed! To accomplish a complete stencil you will need two coats of paint!

Our Tile Stencils are super flexible and can bend to fit tricky corners. Just roll your paint as close as you can to the edge, and then go back with your professional stencil brush and pounce where the floor meets the wall. Push down the stencil when pouncing in that area for crisp lines!

So far, so good!! Since we did not stencil the registration marks, we will align the stencil right next to the other so the corners touch. Now repeat this process on each full tile.

For those extra hard to reach places, this is where buying a second stencil comes in handy! Measure your partial tile and cut your stencil accordingly. Then place your stencil down and fill in those tiles. Don’t be afraid to freehand any leftover space the stencil can’t reach. To fix any bleed or smudges, our Liner Brush is perfect for touchups.

Once you have finished stenciling and the floor is completely dry, it is time to seal it with a water-based polyurethane. It’s important to use water-based because it is non-toxic, it has a rapid dry time, and it does NOT yellow over time. We recommend 2-3 coats of this! Please allow 2 hours of dry time between each coat and then you must wait a full 24 hours before you can start using your floors completely!

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70 questions
  • Linda M. Davis
    on Dec 30, 2018

    Can I do this on a linoleum floor or should I pull the linoleum up?

    • Trish F
      on Dec 31, 2018

      According to the above directions she cleaned the linoleum well made sure to remove any residual dust and painted over the floor where it laid.


    • Star P.
      on Jan 1, 2019

      It CLEARLY states and shows that this is linoleum.

    • Sue
      on Jan 1, 2019

      You do this right over your super clean old linoleum.

    • Stephani Turner
      on Jan 1, 2019

      It clearly gives directions for tile and to ignore grout lines. So...thank you for this question I was going to ask the same thing

  • Jo Ann Mccullough
    on Dec 31, 2018

    I have tile thats cracking some. Can i do this over that?? I really dont want to lay linoleum or uproot my tile.

    • Jo Falasca
      on Jan 1, 2019

      Replace the tiles that are cracking them paint the floor.

  • VA.
    on Jan 1, 2019

    What kind of black paint did you use?

  • Yolanda
    on Jan 1, 2019

    Can you do this project if the floor isn’t linoleum?

  • Mo Sommerville-Phillips
    on Jan 1, 2019

    Why didn't you take the after pic from the same angle as the before pic?

  • Hilton Dunaway
    on Jan 1, 2019

    How much did all the supplies cost?

    • Dee
      on Jan 1, 2019

      Absolutely beautiful!!! The most professional job I have seen using this technique! Patience for sure, lovely! Congratulations And Happy New Year! You should be very proud.

    • Cutting Edge Stencils
      on Jan 2, 2019

      Hi Hilton! Our website has all the supplies needed for this project.

      The 4" Dense foam roller cost about $5.95 and the 3/4" Professional stencil brush costs $4.95. What great about these materials is that you can reuse them for your next stenciling project!

  • Patrick
    on Jan 1, 2019

    Can this be done on ceramic tile??

    • Sheila Ryan
      on Jan 1, 2019

      I would think you could, but you’re going to definitely have to sand well to achieve the same adhesion. Tiles are slick. Might be easier to just paint a sealant over the tile & go from there. Just be careful with thickness as doors still need to close etc. Good luck!

    • Cutting Edge Stencils
      on Jan 2, 2019

      Hi Patrick! Yes it can! As long as you follow the beginning preparation steps its can be done on all tiles!

  • John McGee
    on Jan 1, 2019

    Why did you use a different photo at the end and different from the original picture of the room

  • Janice
    on Jan 2, 2019

    Can I do something similar with things from Bunnings??? I don't like the wacky looking stencil... That is just me however...

  • 2 girls with 5 dogs
    on Jan 2, 2019

    hi! thanks bunches for this "how to" we are planning to do 2 bathrooms and my foyer and kitchen w/ stencils.the only problem is i can't find stencils i love! we need farmhouse type stencils. we have a tiny home and love the look of these floors! any ideas where i can find the stencils i am searching for??????? many blessings!

  • Cecilia Ruder
    on Jan 2, 2019

    Is there a way to do this with a linoleum floor?

  • Sharon jones
    on Jan 3, 2019

    Wonderful and inspirational. It likely would look great on a variety of surfaces. One day I plan to paint a heavy canvas floor cloth in a similar way. Do you have a book or more info! Thank you

  • Donna
    on Jan 8, 2019

    Can you do this to a concrete basement floor?

  • Keri Lynn Dixon
    on Jan 8, 2019

    Would this work on regular tile flooring?

  • Laurie Ladley Robinson
    on Jan 8, 2019

    Can you do this on linoleum?

  • Monica Obrien
    on Jan 8, 2019

    Does it ever peel or scratch off? We use our bathroom with shoes on. When we come in from being out.

    • Cutting Edge Stencils
      on Jan 8, 2019

      No once you seal it (exact steps in blog) it will last you for years and years against high traffic, pets, etc

  • Donna Wheeler
    on Jan 8, 2019

    Would this work good on ceilings?

    • Cutting Edge Stencils
      on Jan 8, 2019

      Yes! It would look amazing too! We have so many awesome stencils for ceilings. Check out our website. the link is in our profile

  • Sylvia Rosa
    on Jan 8, 2019

    Any idea for this floor?

  • Carla Hoover Ramsey
    on Jan 8, 2019

    What kind of paint works best? Would latex be fine or does it need to be oil based to keep from scratching off or peeling?

  • Angi Clutter Boggs
    on Jan 8, 2019

    I live in a double wide, on a farm, I have 4 dogs and 7 grandkids that visit regularly so as you can imagine I mop 5-7 times a day will this hold up to that?

    • Sarah
      on Jan 8, 2019

      Angi I was thinking the same thing and I'm guessing NO. The polyurethane may help, but it looks to me like this was this woman's basement bathroom or second bathroom. For a frequently mopped floor I wouldn't think it would hold up for very long...

    • Bobbi Jo Edwards
      on Jan 8, 2019

      Poly takes a lot of beating and washing on furniture,it would probably hold up very well, could always do extra coats.

    • Susie
      on Jan 8, 2019

      This was a linoleum floor, just square tile type

    • Cutting Edge Stencils
      on Jan 8, 2019

      As long as you seal it with 2-3 coats of water based polyurethane it will last you for years and years against high traffic and pets. You can clean it with a mop and nothing will happen even if it is 7 times!

  • Linda
    on Jan 8, 2019

    Really nice job. Can you do this over linoleum?

  • Nick
    on Jan 8, 2019

    How can I be removed from this list?

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      on Jan 8, 2019

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      on Jan 8, 2019

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  • Voncele Mondrwgon
    on Jan 8, 2019

    That was very beautiful that is my question also can you do that over linoleum floors.

  • Cynthia
    on Jan 8, 2019

    It looks totally different and you did an awesome job. I cannot do this over tile floors, can I. If memory serves, unlike most.of the time, your floor was linoleum, wasn’t it?

    • Cutting Edge Stencils
      on Jan 8, 2019

      Yes this was over linoleum floors but you can do it over real tile, cement, vinyl, etc!

    • Mary Edmands
      on Jan 8, 2019

      Yes, you can stencil porcelain or ceramic tiles. There are tutorials on Pinterest. My daughter did a beautiful paint and stencil project on a concrete floor.

  • Wanda Becker
    on Jan 8, 2019

    Where is the after picture

  • MK
    on Jan 8, 2019

    hi i those smal white 2x2 ceramic tiles in my bathroom , i hate it , any suggestions for painting this type of floor ? ty

  • Christiane Baldwin
    on Jan 8, 2019

    Can i use that on wooden floors ?

    same paint, sealer etc ?

  • Terri
    on Jan 8, 2019

    What about leinoum flooring anything similar to cover and stencil? I hate mine but perfect condition

  • Jim
    on Jan 8, 2019

    I am willing to try this.i like art.im wondering will this technique work on lenolium floors?

  • Deborah
    on Jan 9, 2019

    What if you have linoleum floors can you still do this

  • Cathy
    on Jan 9, 2019

    This is fabulous! Would I follow the same procedures for pergo or ceramic flooring?

  • Stephanie Mickel-Kuiper
    on Jan 9, 2019

    What about tiled walls. We've not redone our bathroom yet like we want to and we have the tiled walls from like the 50s and 60s do you think that something like this would work on that also?

    • Cutting Edge Stencils
      on Jan 9, 2019

      Yes!!! Follow the same exact process!!

    • Jenny
      on Jan 16, 2019

      Would I use the same sandpaper to sand the tile so the paint adheres? They are glazed ceramic. I want to try this on my walls, but it would be hard to get behind the toilet? I don't know if I have that much sanding in me!😫

  • Marie
    on Jan 16, 2019

    What about washing and caring ..wear and tear..did I miss something

    • Cutting Edge Stencils
      on Jan 16, 2019

      Hi Marie if you follow the last steps on sealing your floor, it will last you for years and years. You can wash the floors just like normal!

  • Bonnie
    on Jan 30, 2019

    Can this be done linloeon?

  • MaryAnn Barrett
    on Feb 13, 2019

    Can this process be done over a vinyl floor?

  • Laura Harris
    on Mar 29, 2019

    Can this be done on laminate flooring or does it only work on tile?

  • Shelly Helgeson
    on Apr 3, 2019

    Is this just for tile or can you paint a other floor too?

  • Samar
    on Apr 8, 2019

    Great idea, but where can I buy the stencil patterns?

  • Kadi
    on Jul 15, 2019

    How does stenciling work on odd shaped tile? Our tile is square, however one corner is curved. I am wondering if this will throw off the overall pattern.

    • Cutting Edge Stencils
      on Sep 19, 2019

      Hi Kadi! You can stencil over any odd shaped tile to make it look like a normal tiled room. Simply paint over it and the tile stencil pattern will cover it!

  • Debi
    on Sep 15, 2019

    It states you need two coats of paint color. Do you leave stencil on while first coat dries or come back and realign?

    • Cutting Edge Stencils
      on Sep 19, 2019

      Hi Debi, that's right! Just let the paint dry in the stencil then apply your second coat and peel. Before realigning to the next tile give it just one other minute to dry.

  • Hope
    on Sep 19, 2019

    Can this technique be use on ceramic tile as well?

  • Betty blaine
    on Sep 19, 2019

    Can you use this method to simply paint the floor and not stencil at all. And will it last?

  • Luisella
    on Sep 19, 2019

    Hi.

    How do you wash this floor for regular maintenance? Doesn’t the paint wear off with moisture?


    • Bev
      on Sep 19, 2019

      After it dries completely, seal it with a water-based polyurethane... 2 to 3 coats; I personally have used as many as 6 coats (I get very nervous when excessive moisture is involved).

    • Val
      on Sep 19, 2019

      Go back and read the paragraph starting with after the stencil has dried. She explained why you should use a water based polyurethane sealer. Made sense to me. Hope this helps.

    • Jill Elizabeth Johnson
      on Sep 19, 2019

      She SEALS it. Polyurethane keeps the water out.


      Happy DIY’ing....

    • Babbie Scott Davis
      on Sep 19, 2019

      No it will last, ours did.

  • Laurie
    on Sep 19, 2019

    Beautiful job! I have the other stencils that go with that one. Do you need them?

  • Veronica
    on Sep 20, 2019

    Do you apply the second coat of stencil paint after the first has dried? Because that would mean doing this whole process twice. Or do you wait for it to get tacky, with stencil in place and then do second coat?

    • Jennifer Thompson
      on Sep 20, 2019

      Great question, I wondered the same because I’ve always heard you should remove the stencil while the paint is wet but this would go against that if we let it dry in place. Then again I would prefer that to having to repeat the entire process...


      This is a stunning floor!!

  • Vee
    on Sep 20, 2019

    Could these paint materials be used in a tiled bath/SHOWER SURROUND? It didn't appear she ever wore a mask, isn't the paint dangerous to use without excellent ventilation, and a mask?

  • Scout
    on Sep 26, 2019

    did you s earl the stencil designs?

  • Scout
    on Sep 26, 2019

    Typo. Did you seal the stencil design?


  • Jheri
    on Sep 26, 2019

    what would to clean to clean the stenciled floor ?

  • Anne
    on Sep 26, 2019

    Beautiful! Can you give how much time is needed on this?

  • Debra
    on Sep 26, 2019

    What kind of primer did you use on the floor? Is it best to remove toilet , so you can seal around the opening so if toilet overflows & runs onto floor water won't seep under All that hard work & ruin it

  • Inge
    on Sep 26, 2019

    Can you do something like this on Linoleum

  • Anne
    on Sep 26, 2019

    Can you do this on a “slick” big squares tile floor?

    • Steven
      on Sep 26, 2019

      Yes you can, however I suggest you sand the surface first! Linoleum and tile with a shiny surface won’t take the paint well.

  • Kathy
    on Sep 26, 2019

    What brand of floor cleaner are you going to use afterwards that want remove or smear the painted floor.

  • Colleen Coscarelli
    on Sep 26, 2019

    Does the paint scratch or chip?

  • Jackie Luten
    on Sep 26, 2019

    Why are the pictures that are taken before and the ones that are taken after are always taken at a different angle. I see that in about all of the before and after picture....

  • Doreen
    on Sep 26, 2019

    Looks great. Would like to see a pic of a year later to show how it holds up before I do it

  • Arlene Gagliano
    on Sep 26, 2019

    How can you do this with ceramic tile?

  • Connie Arne-Sears
    on Sep 26, 2019

    When the design starts to get scratched and chipped...how do you remove it? And is the tile permanently damaged?


  • Helen
    on Sep 26, 2019

    Is this linoleum you are doing this on?

    • Shari Hummel
      on Sep 26, 2019

      I it’s a tile floor with grouting in between. Linoleum would probably peel up because it’s thinner than tile and I wouldn’t suggest it because of a paper they use between design of the linoleum and the backing.

    • Jeri Olsen
      on Sep 26, 2019

      Then WHY does the tutorial say, over & over that the floor in the video is a linoleum floor?🤔


    • Melissa Mcconnell
      on Sep 26, 2019

      It’s not real tile. It’s Linoleum That come in the sticky squares it doesn’t have real grout lines .



  • Lari
    on Sep 26, 2019

    hi I have been looking for something to do w our SMALL (what I call 2x4 townhouse style LOL) bathroom tile/floor w/out riping up our current tile cuz my hubby keeps saying its pain where we can't reach! we have the little 1/2"x1/2" - 1"x1" square... rectangle... tile floor (I could fwd pic when get home) not linoleum > do you think this method would work for this floor? but not to stencil, maybe paint it... basically to get rid of grout that's immpossible to keep clean in a 2x4 bathroom w 4-5ppl living in the house! THANK YOU > I know you can't give me a DEF "it'll work" reply I just thought you might have suggestions... THX SO MUCH

  • Violet
    on Sep 26, 2019

    Can you do something like this if it's linoleum that looks like stone tiles?

  • Maribel Santos
    on Sep 26, 2019

    Can you mop it without the paint coming out

    • Socorro Martinez
      on Sep 27, 2019

      She said she sealed it with a water-based polyurethane and then waited 24 hours for full dryness. After that you will be able to walk on it, sweep it, mop it and it should be good with normal use. I wouldn't use any bleach or strong chemical product on the floor though because it may strip the poly faster than normal. I read somewhere else that depending on the usage or in this case, traffic flow, giving it a once-a-year poly application should keep your project fresh looking for a very long time.

  • Joyce
    on Sep 26, 2019

    You, said tile and then you said linoleum. In my mind tile is ceramic and linoleum is "plastic" I'm wondering what the material is under the paint? I have yucky stick on linoleum tiles and would love to paint them. My fiance eventually is going to pull them up. But, who knows when...lol

  • Donna Parke Tennant
    on Sep 27, 2019

    What did you use for a sealer on the top afternoon using the stencil?

    • Sharon
      on Sep 27, 2019

      She says to use "water based polyurethane" , 2-3 coats with a 2 hour drying time between each coat and 24 hours after the last coat before using the room.

    • Beth
      on Sep 27, 2019

      I used a polyurethane by. I also has a rubber stamp. It was easier cause a stencil can bleed if you are not careful

    • Sherry
      on Sep 27, 2019

      They clearly said water based polyurethane.

  • Jeanne
    on Sep 28, 2019

    Love it ! Going to try it in my kitchen but I really want to try it in both my bathrooms but bought the house with small ceramic tiles with grout in between, can I paint them and do bigger square stencils ?

  • Ghada
    on Sep 28, 2019

    What did you use the spray for?

  • Tammy Belknap
    on Sep 29, 2019

    What if you have cracks or gaps in the tiles?

  • Maria
    on Feb 8, 2020

    Can this be done on a terrazo floor?

    • Tita
      on Feb 8, 2020

      María just a question for curiosity, for me terrazzo floors are beautiful why do you want to stencil it?

  • Cynthia
    on Feb 9, 2020

    Can you actually paint a ceramic tile in a bathroom an it will hold up?

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