I’ll be real with you. When I first heard that people were painting their tile floors, I was skeptical. I mean, how good could that really look, right? You’d totally be able to tell.
But the more people I saw jumping on the bandwagon and transforming their floors, the more curious I grew.
As I was staring at our beige, builder-grade, laminate tile in our laundry room for the thousandth time, I caved. I decided I was going to paint our tile. What could possibly go wrong, right? You can always paint over paint!
So I took on last look at the laundry room floor, and set off to gather my supplies…
Yeah… you see what I was working with.
Loving the black and white tile trend I was seeing all over the place, I decided to go with a white base and a charcoal gray overlay.
But before I could start, I had to choose a stencil.
When I first started this process, I really wasn’t sure what my options were. Would I just have to make a craft stencil work? Did someone actually make tile stencils?
Yes, the answer is yes.
So I measured my tile (mine is 13×13in!) and set off to find a stencil that would work.
Unfortunately, I was coming up short searching for a 13×13 stencil. So without wanting to waste too much time, I just took a chance and opted for a 12×12 stencil because I fell in love with the design.
I went with this beautiful Augusta Tile Stencil from Cutting Edge Stencils!
I also bought 2 and would highly recommend you do the same! I had to cut one of mine for some of the corner and edge tiles. More on that in a minute!
Next, I moved on to paint. I paint a lot, and my comfort zone really lies in chalk paint, so that’s what I went with.
You will need a base paint, an overlay paint, and a poly or sealant of some kind!
I went with…
- White chalk paint
- Charcoal gray chalk paint
- Clear gloss sealant
Then I also made sure to get a large paint roller for the base coat and a small paint roller for the stenciling. Again, you may want to get two of each (at least) to keep your project moving!
- Mini paint roller
- Small paint roller
- Large paint roller
Without further ado, it was time to get started!
We unhooked the washer and dryer and moved them out of the room along with everything else.
Then we cleaned the floors really well — this is an easy step to skip but it’s very important! Because you’ll be painting, you’ll trap everything that remains on your floors. So clean well and thank me later!