Makeover A Basement Floor For Less Than $300

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Flooring is one of the most expensive changes to make in a home and can easily fall to the bottom of the to-do list because of budget. Give your floors a makeover without breaking the bank by using our floor stencils! A stencil pattern is the secret to adding affordable style to your space. Today we’re going to share with you a stenciled cement floor featuring our Paisley Allover Stencil.
We'd like to introduce Heidi S., a super creative DIYer and Cutting Edge Stencils customer. Heidi was in the midst of a budget-friendly basement makeover. She had affectionately nicknamed this space her "mom-cave." The space needed a complete overhaul and she was accomplishing it with one DIY project at at time. Here is what her basement looked like before:
As she was crossing updates off her list, Heidi was confronted with a flooring problem. She had a lackluster concrete floor in her basement. While wood or tile is a great option for a basement setting, it can be expensive to install. Heidi had to put her DIY thinking cap on and she decided that a stencil would be a great option. Painting a stencil design on a floor is not only affordable but it can create quite the impact! Floors stencils provide so many design and color options that can be easily tailored to your existing decor. Heidi browsed our website and selected the Paisley Stencil. This geometric stencil is based on the popular droplet design.
The first thing she did was spot clean the concrete floor using Krud Kutter. Then she washed the floor a TSP substitute solution to ensure all of the dirt and grime was removed. This step was helpful because it will ensure that her paint sticks to the surface. She rinsed the TSP solution off the concrete floor and was ready to start painting. Heidi painted her concrete floor using Annie Sloan Chalk Paint in Graphite Gray. Once the paint was base coat was dry she was ready to start stenciling! Heidi used blue painter's tape to hold the Paisley stencil pattern in place. Heidi poured her Annie Sloan Chalk Pain in French Linen into a foam tray and then painted the pattern in white using a dense foam roller. If you are recreating this project at home, be sure to roll off any excess paint to eliminate bleed. After each section of the stencil is complete, simply untape it and reposition to finish the pattern on the floor. Heidi found it helpful to clean the stencil in between uses. To complete her project she applied two coats of Varathane Crystal Clear High Traffic Floor Finish in Satin.
Let's get to the fun reveal. Here is Heidi's stenciled cement floor! Heidi had this to say about her stencil project, " I am in love with my new, one-of-a-kind floor! I was able to create this custom floor for a fraction of the cost of having even inexpensive flooring installed. Thank you so much for a wonderful product. "
She also mentioned, " The pattern and color scheme have turned out to be the perfect camouflage for muddy paw and kid prints this winter, and that's saying something with two teenage boys, a young German Shepherd and an older (very hairy) lovable black mutt! "
How awesome does that floor look? We'd love to strut our stuff across this stenciled beauty! Heidi let us know that, " The entire project cost under $300, a fraction of what it would have cost to have even the cheapest flooring installed. It's one-of-a-kind and I love it! I'm loving how it pulls together all the furniture and contrasts nicely with the yellow walls. "
As a courtesy to our Hometalk friends, we are offering 10% off all stencils and supplies using the code Hometalk10.
Suggested materials:
  • Paisley Allover Stencil   (Cutting Edge Stencils)
  • Annie Sloan Chalk Paint In Graphite
  • Annie Sloan Chalk Paint In French Linen
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