DIY Stencil Painted Tile Floors

10 Materials
10 Hours

I've had a laundry room makeover on my DIY to-do list for a while now. We had white ceramic tiles in the space and I knew they would be perfect for painting. When Cutting Edge Stencils reached out to me and asked if I’d like to work with them, I didn’t even have to think about it. The painted tile floors were already on my list of upcoming DIYs.

The first thing you will need to do is move everything out of the space and give your floors a good cleaning. I vacuumed mine first then mopped them with  TSP a few times. After the TSP, I mopped them with plain water.

Next, you will want to tape off any areas that you do not want to get paint on. I was able to skip this step because we pulled our baseboard up for the renovation and there was nothing else the paint could get on.

Using the dense foam roller, I primed the tile with 2 coats of Kilz primer. I wanted to make sure I had a good base layer before applying the paint. Follow the manufacturer’s directions for drying times and make sure your paint is completely dry before applying the next coat. I used a fan to speed up the drying times.

Once the primer was dry, I used the dense foam roller to apply 2 coats of Rustoleum Chalk Paint in Charcoal as my basecoat. Again, make sure your paint is completely dry between each coat.

You could also use a lighter color as you base and a darker color for your stencil. This is completely up to personal preference.

I selected the  Augusta stencil from Cutting Edge Stencils and used Rustoleum Chalk Paint in Linen White for my stencil color.

You will want to start on a full tile. Lay your stencil down on the tile and apply a few pieces of tape so it doesn’t move. Roll your paint brush in your tray then roll it on a paper towel to get most of the paint off. Your paint brush should be just about dry when you roll the paint onto the stencil. If you’d like to see a video of how I did this, you can watch my  Laundry Room Reno highlight on IG (the painted floors are toward the end of the story).

I used 3 stencils to help the project go a little faster. If you start to get paint build up on the stencil, you can wipe it off with a wet rag.

Once you have painted all of the full size tiles, you will need to fold or cut your stencil to get the rest of the areas. I chose to fold mine incase I decide to use the stencil again. These areas won’t look as neat and crisp and may require a little touch up with a small paint brush. Honestly, I didn’t do any touch ups. I wanted a vintage look and didn’t mind if it wasn’t perfect.

After the stenciling is completely dry, you can apply your sealer. We applied 4 coats of a water-based polyurethane. We already had a floor finish applicator so we used this to apply the sealer. You can also use the foam roller to apply the sealer.

I must be honest and say that I was dreading this project before I began. I wasn’t quite sure what to expect and it sounded very labor intensive. But honestly, it wasn’t nearly as difficult as I was thinking. It’s definitely a slow because of the paint drying times, but it’s not a difficult project.

However, if you are a perfectionist, this is probably not the best DIY project for you. No matter how much time and effort you put in, the painted tile floors will not come out perfect.

Please feel free to reach out to me with any questions you may have about this DIY. There is also lots of great info on Cutting Edge Stencils website. Their stencils can be used for a whole lot more than just floors and they have lots of inspiration on their website.

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Have a question about this project?

17 questions
  • Cindy
    on Mar 1, 2019

    Does the stencil need to be the same size as your tiles?

    • Rebecca L guertler
      Rebecca L guertler
      on Mar 1, 2019

      yes, it will look good, if not it look not right.

    • Heather Olinde
      Heather Olinde
      on Mar 4, 2019

      I chose a stencil the same size of my tile, but I've also had friends do this project who used a stencil larger than their tile and it came out just as amazing.

  • Dana Humphries
    Dana Humphries
    on Mar 1, 2019

    Is there a specific reason you used the chalk paint?

    • Lori Dumm
      Lori Dumm
      on Mar 1, 2019

      Ive had used other paint on my floors and they all came out lokng all tacky Chalk paint gives always smooth look

    • Heather Olinde
      Heather Olinde
      on Mar 4, 2019

      I used chalk paint because I already had it on hand; however, there are many other types of paint that you can use.

  • Katen
    on Mar 1, 2019

    How long has this been in use? Curious of the wearability of paint on the floor. Would a topcoat of urathane work? The results are great but appears labor intensive so if paint starts to lift or wear within a year or so I would be disappointed

    • CeeJay
      on Mar 2, 2019

      She says... "We applied 4 coats of a water-based polyurethane." She also shows an image of the polyurethane container.

  • Dee
    on Mar 1, 2019

    Can you paint only the grout not the tile.

    • Cheryl
      on Mar 1, 2019

      Yes you can. I painted mine and you cab buy the grout paint at the big box stores.

    • Dee
      on Mar 2, 2019

      Thank you l will give it a try.

  • Judy Zee
    Judy Zee
    on Mar 5, 2019

    Very pretty, can I do this on cement floors??????? Than you.

  • Celeste Caruso
    Celeste Caruso
    on Mar 7, 2019

    I'd like to know how the paint job held up in the heavy foot traffic areas?

  • Kim
    on Mar 21, 2019

    I would like to try this, but I need to know how it would hold up in hight traffice areas, like a kitchen.

  • Teresa Fowell
    Teresa Fowell
    on Mar 21, 2019

    Would this work on a plastic RV showerand tub wall? I cannot stand the mushroom colored shower, tub, and wall. I tried sanding it but the type of plastic surface wont sand . Im hoping for a paint/sealer that will cover it in a bright clean snowy white.

    • Margie Ellison
      Margie Ellison
      on Apr 5, 2019

      I’d try a spray paint formulated for plastic. I know rustoleum makes a quality product.

  • Cheryl Strube
    Cheryl Strube
    on Mar 29, 2019

    Beautiful!! Would you please show us how you transitioned from the laundry room out to the adjoining area? I’m having difficulty in imagining how I would do it going from the stenciled floor out to my hallway which is the same tiling. Thanks in advance for responding!!

  • Connie DeLessio Lawrey
    Connie DeLessio Lawrey
    on Aug 27, 2019

    Not a question on the project but where did you find those pretty wire laundry bins on wheels?

  • Lynn
    on Sep 30, 2019

    Does the flooring easily scratch?

  • Julie
    on Oct 26, 2019

    I am going to do my front entry, the tile is grey. I want to leave it that way but add color on top of it. Is there a clear primer or some other way I can keep the color of the tile to use as my back round ???

  • Nancy Morgan
    Nancy Morgan
    on Oct 26, 2019

    If this is the smooth ceramic tile, how will the paint stick to the tile? Does Kilz do this? How long have you had your stenciled floor in place?

  • Carol Miller
    Carol Miller
    on Oct 26, 2019

    Window over Tub in Bathroom. I want to cover it with a board then add a waterproof vinyl material so I don’t have to use a shower curtain. It is a big window.

    where would I buy the vinyl material cut to fit. Thanks

    • Teesie
      on Oct 27, 2019

      I bought mine on amazon and it looks great. They have many patterns and it’s sold by the roll so you just cut to fit and put it directly on the window

    • Cyndi Loo Dee Evans
      Cyndi Loo Dee Evans
      on Oct 27, 2019 or

  • Weazie
    on Oct 26, 2019

    Do you have a picture of what flooring this butts up/connects to?

  • Dot
    on Oct 28, 2019

    Can you use this project on vinal tiles?

  • Mary T
    Mary T
    on Oct 27, 2020

    This is awesome!! How well do you think the paint would hold up in a bathroom?? I’m torn on what to do in 2 full bathrooms! Thank you for sharing!! I love it!

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  • Tina Hill
    Tina Hill
    on Nov 9, 2019

    Wow I have linoleum style vinyl flooring in my bath room and we are saving up for a major reno of it but in the meantime I was looking for something to jazz it up a bit and give it a different vibe , and I think this is the ticket ! Thank you So Much !!!

    • Jodi Savoy
      Jodi Savoy
      on May 21, 2020

      Hi did you do it yet? I have linoleum too are you sure it will work on that ?

  • Rachel The Ponds Farmhouse
    Rachel The Ponds Farmhouse
    on Oct 26, 2020

    I love this DIY project.


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