DIY Floor Stencil


I recently painted my front door, and then everything else spiraled out of control and I set out to try to breathe some life back into our horribly boring front stoop. I don't have a cutting machine, and have no idea how to use image editing software, so I made this stencil for my front patio the old fashioned way - print and cut!
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Yikes - here's how my little front porch looked a couple of weeks ago.
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I found a pattern I liked online, added it to Microsoft Word, and just expanded the image to take up a page. I printed two pages because my stencil sheet was exactly the size of two sheets of paper.
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Stencil material, a printer, and a cutting tool were all I needed to create this stencil!
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I taped the pattern over the stencil material and used an Exacto knife to cut it out.
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I taped the stencil down and painted down the pattern. I have a sure-fire, fool-proof way to avoid bleed through under stencils (even ones that curl like crazy), but you'll definitely need to stop on over to see my tricks! I will tell you I used white, semi-gloss exterior paint for the top coat, to help keep it in good shape.
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After the white was painted down, I used acrylic paint in four different colors to add some pops of color to the porch.
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I sealed it all off with clear shellac, since it is only semi-covered, and of course, people will be walking on it.
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Here's how the whole little front porch looks today! Stop by for more details on stenciling tricks, and how I keep those lines so clean.
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  • Marciakaron
    on Jun 17, 2018

    I want to do this. Did you first paint the stoop grey, or just wash it really well with bleach?

    • Cheryl Williamsen
      on Jun 25, 2018

      Good observation. It’s painted or perhaps stained w/ concrete stain. Concrete stain is “da bomb”.

  • Dul7724434
    on Jun 27, 2018

    When you apply shellac to the concrete does it make the landing slick when it gets wet?

  • Fis24534068
    on Jul 4, 2018

    Like what you did. Looks nice. Why didn't you put the step directly under the door ? It looks nice, more finished that way and easier to get into and out of.

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  • Susan Elliott
    on Jul 14, 2018

    Really wanted a before pic... None showing.

  • Dawn French
    on Aug 9, 2018

    Wonder how well it will hold up in Illinois where we have to Shovel that Snow.

    • Cheryl Williamsen
      on Sep 4, 2018

      It should be fine, if the surface is cleaned really really well. If the concrete is really old, it’s going to require power washing if not a pro concrete cleaner, like muriatuc acid.

      Personally, I would use concrete stain, not paint

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