DIY Painted Tile Floor With Stencil

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Here I'm sharing how to paint ceramic tile floors with a stencil. It's an easy two-step process that is a durable option with a huge transformation.


Before painting, I cleaned the floors with Krud Kutter. I believe this is one reason our paint in the other bathroom has held up so well. Prep really does make a world of a difference in a project. Once the floors were clean I taped off where I wanted to protect from paint.


I used two base coat colors to create this look. The first coat is a warm gray (Seattle Mist). This is the easiest part of the project. My mom is not a fan of DIY at all and even she can attest to how easy this is. If you stop here you can still completely transform a bathroom! Once this coat was down I let it dry until the next day before doing the next step.


The stencil was definitely the more challenging piece of this project but it's not the hardest thing I've ever done. It just takes patience!

I think one important factor to this project is choosing the correct stencil. I chose a pattern that's very forgiving. It's supposed to look handpainted and looks like one of those concrete tiles that can cost a pretty penny.

I used the color white with the stencil. The secret here is very lightly coating your roller with paint. Very thin coats of paint make sure there's no bleed-through on the stencil and keeps your lines clean and crisp.

I staggered application on the tiles, painting every other tile. Once those were dry I started to fill in. The paint drys super fast. This was really easy until I had to start cutting the stencil to apply in areas closest to the wall and areas around the toilet. This is why it's important to purchase a couple of stencils so that you can cut them down as you need to. I purchased three for this project and that worked out great.

I first cut down a stencil to do the tiles closest to the wall and then cut that same stencil down to paint the pieces closest to the vanity and the tub. So I wasn't having to use a new stencil for every single tile that is a tight space.

The area around the toilet was the most challenging but I just took my time. It's not perfect but I don't know that anyone is going to be glaring around the toilet when they enter the room. I used tape to continue the pattern on the super small tiles behind the toilet rather than cutting the stencil really small.

At this point, I was pretty proud of how this had turned out! I let the paint dry for another full day and then put the top coat on. This is what makes this floor paint so super durable. I chose a semigloss here but they also have a matte schene. I don't think you can go wrong with either option. Overall I highly recommend trying this project with a stencil. If you don't think you have the patience one solid color still makes a huge impact!

The most common question I get with this project is if you can clean the floors. We clean the floors in the other bathroom normally. The only thing is we don't use abrasive cleaners.

This is such an easy project and totally transformed the bathroom! I love the look and character that it gave to this space. I was painting the tile to be on a budget but now it's one of my favorite bathrooms in the house even though it was the most cost-effective.

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  • Lillian Lillian on Oct 03, 2021

    Can you do this on linoleum

  • Kathy Kathy on Nov 28, 2021

    I'm looking forward to trying this is my bathrooms until they can be totally renovated. My showers are tile as well. Is there any reason this would not work for them?

  • Barb Brown Barb Brown on Sep 26, 2022

    Is this paint water proof? Have tiles everywhere in this bathroom, even in the shower. Thinking that this might brighten up the bathroom as it's a small one.

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