Project: Stencilled Floor
Skill level: Intermediate
Total project time: Seven hours
One of my favorite parts of my little 1916 house is the sun porch. It had green walls and a beat up floor when I moved in, so painting the walls and floor helped a lot.
But the room still wasn't inspiring.
So I grabbled some paint and a stencil and went to work on the floor.
I wanted to work with the tan color that was already there. It was latex paint, but Dixie Belle's Burlap color would be close.
- White Lightening cleaner
- Dixie Belle paint in Spanish Moss (I used about 3/4 of a 16-ounce jar)
- Stencil of your choice (I used Carmela)
- Redesign roller brush kit
- Zebra paint brush
- Gator Hide (I used one quart)
- Mop or long pole with sponge applicator
- Painters tape
I gave the floor a thorough cleaning. (Be sure to rinse well after cleaning.)
I put a dollop of paint on the plastic tray that comes with the Redesign roller kit and lightly rolled some paint onto the roller, being careful not to use too much paint.
I taped the stencil to the floor in a few spots.
For a distressed, vintage look, I rolled the paint lightly over the stencil, being careful not to cover the entire design in paint. This gives it a vintage vibe and makes the floor more forgiving in the event of scratches or dirt.
Repeat! Lots and lots of times. Wash and dry the stencil whenever it gets goopy.
Tip: a larger stencil will help the project go faster.
I then used painters tape to create a border around the perimeter, and used my Zebra brush to simply paint on the border.
Once dry (about a day later), I used a household mop with a foam pad to apply 3 coats of Gator Hide. allowing at least a few hours dry time between coats. I laid it on a little thick, and used the entire 32 oz. jar.
Let the floor dry at least a couple of days before use.
I couldn't be happier with it! And now i'm inspired and hunting for different decor for the space.
Do you have a space you'd like to update? Comment below!